Is there someone who could help me with creating a table with some rows merged and verbatim text in it? I actually want to create 3x2 table. Like this

\multicolumn{2}{c}{Verbatim text(in merged row)} \\
some text      & some text \\
verbatim number & verbatim number \\

I already tried to search here, but what I have found just brought me more errors. Thanks in advance.

  • By "verbatim", are you referring to \verb-like commands? This is a known problem. If your "Verbatim text" contains no "special items", then you could just use \texttt.
    – Werner
    Nov 29, 2011 at 20:30
  • I mean \begin{verbatim} \end{verbatim} like enviroment.
    – user974514
    Nov 29, 2011 at 20:48

2 Answers 2


Here is one option, using the verbdef package. You define some verbatim content in a macro, and then use the macro wherever you need it.

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\usepackage{verbdef}% http://ctan.org/pkg/verbdef
\verbdef{\verbtext}{Verbatim text (in merged row)}% Verbatim text
\verbdef{\verbnum}{verbatim number}% Verbatim number
\verbdef{\verbfancy}{@'#&%^}% Fancy verbatim
  \multicolumn{2}{c}{\verbtext} \\
  some text  & some text \\
  \verbnum   & \verbnum \\
  \verbfancy & \verbfancy \\

Verbatim text, otherwise, cannot be supplied as-is as an argument to a macro. See the TeX FAQ entry: Why doesn’t verbatim work within ...?


Take a look at the package tabu – in the manual there's an own (sub)section named “Inserting Verbatim material (fancyvrb)”. That mean’s , you need fancyvrb, too, but this is IME not a disadvantage. (I myself have no experience with it.)

Here’s an example (partly stolen from the manual):





According to the manual you need \texttt{tabu*} (the starred version).
I've added \Verb[commandchars=\\\{\}]|{\color{red}{\textbackslash}color}|
to show you some of the extended features of \texttt{fancyvrb}.


\begin{tabu*} spread 0pt {|X[-1r]|X[-1l]|}
This is a small\newline
\Verb[commandchars=/\{\}]+{/color{green}\Verbatim}+ insertion
\vspace{-\baselineskip} %needs to be placed here
And this is a complete
{/color{blue}Verbatim} environment


Outside of the tabular environment \Verb|commandchars=\\\{\}| works fine,
which makes the backslash the familiar activation character for macros,
but inside it conflicts with the redefinition of \Verb|\\| -- therefore
it is replaced by \texttt{/}. There seem to be some other caveats, too --
for the comment character see the manual.


result of MWE: test with “tabu*”


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