I want to be able to have inline code (printed in typewriter or something) where I can also use LaTeX commands like \myinlinecode{here comes a backslash: <\textbackslash>}. So it should be possible to use non-verbatim parts inside the code command.

I read that it should be possible with the listings package but I could't get it to work. What I tried was:




\lstset{escapebegin=x, escapeend=y}
\lstinline|x\textbraceleft y|

\lstset{escapebegin={x}, escapeend={y}}
\lstinline_x\textbraceleft y_

\lstset{escapebegin={\textbackslash}, escapeend={\textbackslash}}
\lstinline_\\textbraceleft \_

  • AFAIK listings' possibilities for escaping to LaTeX are only available for the environment and not for the inline command. Do you need verbatim? Otherwise there's of course \texttt{}...
    – cgnieder
    May 2, 2013 at 18:05
  • Judging from the listings manual, the answer in the linked question seems to be incorrect. The correct key should be escapechar, or escapeinside.
    – T. Verron
    May 2, 2013 at 18:08
  • @T. Verron both work fine for me with \lstlisting but I couldn't get them to work with \lstinline. I also couldn't get escapebegin to work like you said not even with \lstlisting so I upvoted your comment in the linked question.
    – user764754
    May 2, 2013 at 19:50
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    See also Escaping in \lstinline Oct 11, 2013 at 13:09

1 Answer 1


The following syntax makes it easier to use "escaped" (or LaTeX) content within \lstinline, and might be what you're after. There seems to be no particular need to use specially-assigned characters (like x and y) and the usual mathescape option works (escaping between $...$):

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\usepackage{listings}% http://ctan.org/pkg/listings
\lstset{mathescape,basicstyle=\ttfamily}% Allow escaping to LaTeX inside $..$




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