I have the following text in my .md file:

### Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures

The example below shows how to place a table of contents, a list of
tables, and a list of figures, each in its own page.

~~~ latex

When this is processed with the below command:

pandoc --number-sections \
    --toc --variable lof=true --variable lot=true \
    --filter pantable \
    --filter pandoc-tablenos \
    --filter pandoc-fignos \
    --filter pandoc-latex-fontsize \
    --from markdown \
    --standalone \
    --variable subparagraph:yes \
    --variable colorlinks:yes \
    --to latex \
    --output document.txt \

The code block does not have a shaded block around it. When I have the same sections, but without the latex after the first set of ~~~, the shaded block is produced, but I loose the language formatting. I looked at a bunch of potential solutions including adding the following to the template.latex file:


I get the following error:

LaTeX Error: Command \VerbBar already defined.
             Or name \end... illegal, see p.192 of the manual.

The code that is generated by pandoc for the above is:


When not indicating the language, the same section would be generated as:


The version of pandoc that I am using is:

pandoc 2.2.2
Compiled with pandoc-types, texmath 0.11, skylighting

using Tex Live 2013/Debian.

and is running on (I cannot upgrade at this time):

Linux myhostname 4.4.0-96-generic #119-14-04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 13 08:40:48 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I need to be able to use code blocks with language specifiers that generate shaded blocks around the code when generating a PDF file.

NOTE: I am not having an issue with generating an HTML file.


$ pandoc --to latex test.md --highlight-style tango -o test.pdf


To see the available styles: pandoc --list-highlight-styles

  • Thanks. This did what I was looking to do. In the end I exported the tango style to a file, updated it for my needs and use that file on the --highlight-style qualifier. This is exactly what I needed. – JonBelanger Dec 21 '18 at 15:56

You should add --highlight-style=<xxxx> to your Pandoc command. For possible values of <xxxx> make your pick from pandoc --list-highlight-styles.

I frequently use --highlight-style=espresso. (I slightly modified your Markdown to fit all output on one page, and to really show highlighting of LaTeX code for the screenshot below.) The result:

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