Due to issues with Minted's escapeinside option, I would like to include, but completely hide (without taking up any space), a minted environment within my document. I do not want any of the content to be visible.

I've gotten pretty close with this hacky solution, which uses a tiny font size:

public String someCode(String argument) {
    // code here...

Is there a more elegant solution than just using a very small font size? Can I put it inside some sort of box, and set it to have a zero height? Can I float it somehow, such that it never gets actually shown anywhere in the document?

It's important that the code is actually processed. I therefore can't just comment it out, or use a \if.

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We define a savebox with \newsavebox.

It's possible to then create an lrbox environment (specifying the savebox name), and throw the minted code listing inside a minipage.


public String lookupUserNameByToken(String token) throws SQLException {
    Statement stmt = connection.createStatement();
    String query = "select * from users where ";
    query += "token = '" + token + "'";
    ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(sql);
    if (rs.next()) {
        return rs.getString("name");
    return null;

We then ensure that we never \usebox{\hideminted}, and it will never actually appear in the document.

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