# In the minted package, how do I enforce straight single quotes?

Basically I want

\mint{python}|'banana'|


to produce straight single quotes, rather than the curly ones it normally produces (in pdflatex).

• Not quite related to the q., but searching for the problem led me here: Outside of verbatim, you can use \char18 and \char13 to get modified  and ' characters. – Mohan Nov 20 '12 at 11:12

You can use the package upquote. Note the package loads the package textcomp

The package upquote works also with listings.

% !TEX program  = pdflatex --shell-escape

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{minted}
\usepackage{upquote}
\begin{document}
\mint[fontfamily=tt]{python}|'banana'|
\end{document}


The result:

If you are using pygmentize version 1.6 that the package upquote can't do its job. To fix this issue you can use the following hack:

\listfiles
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{minted}
\usepackage{upquote}
\AtBeginDocument{%
\def\PYZsq{\textquotesingle}%
}
\begin{document}
\mint[fontfamily=tt]{python}|'banana'|
\end{document}


Note if you are working with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX the hack isn't needed.

• For anyone who comes across this later: the upquote package modifies all verbatim text (\verb and the verbatim environment) to render ' and  as the upright versions, not the “smart” ‘ and ’. Since (as I understand it) minted and listings rely on fancyvrb, which itself calls out to verbatim text under the hood, this has the desired effect. – Antal Spector-Zabusky Sep 27 '12 at 6:02
• On Mac OS 10.8.3 (if that matters), that still gives me curly quotes... – jub0bs May 30 '13 at 15:22
• @Jubobs: Do you working with TL2013? – Marco Daniel May 30 '13 at 15:24
• @MarcoDaniel This is embarrassing -_- but I'm not sure which version of TeX Live I have. How do I check that? Would the TeX Live Utility tell me that or do I need to type some code in the terminal? – jub0bs May 30 '13 at 22:59
• @Jubobs: In the terminal you can do latex -v – Marco Daniel May 31 '13 at 8:33