# minted code samples more “condensed” than lst-listing

I want to switch to minted over listings for the superior syntax highlighting, especially for C++. But I can't get the font to look as nicely as with listings. Somehow the font is heavier and more condensed when generated with minted.

Here's an example (listings above, minted below):

This is my config for both of them:

\newfontfamily\UbuntuMono{Ubuntu Mono}
\setmonofont{Ubuntu Mono}

\lstset{
backgroundcolor=\color{dsolar_back},
basicstyle=\UbuntuMono\footnotesize\color{dsolar_text},
breakatwhitespace=false,
breaklines=true,
captionpos=b,
extendedchars=true,
frame=single,
keepspaces=true,
keywordstyle=\color{dsolar_keyw},
language=[11]C++,
numbers=left,
numbersep=5pt,
rulecolor=\color{lightgrey},
showspaces=false,
showstringspaces=false,
showtabs=false,
stepnumber=2,
stringstyle=\color{dsolar_ltrl},
tabsize=4,
title=\lstname
}

\usepackage[cache=false]{minted}

\setminted[c++]{
linenos=true,
bgcolor=dsolar_back,
fontsize=\footnotesize,
style=solarizedlight,
frame=single,
framesep=0pt,
rulecolor=\color{lightgrey},
stepnumber=2,
numbersep=5pt,
resetmargins=true
}



Has anyone had experience with this? Are the some settings that I am missing? Thanks for your help!

Those are the default behaviors. If you are using a monospace font, you should follow the minted's spacing, because the wide spacing in listings is just to make sure that even normal fonts become monospace.

If you want to use a wide font, you can borrow microtype.

In the following code, the above is the normal spacing, the below is the modified spacing. I don't have your font family, so I use a similar one (DejaVu Sans Mono):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[scaled=0.85]{DejaVuSansMono}
\usepackage{minted}
\usepackage[letterspace=100]{microtype}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\newenvironment{myminted}
{\VerbatimEnvironment
\begingroup\lsstyle
\begin{minted}{C++}}
{\end{minted}
\endgroup}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]
\begin{minted}{C++}
#include <cstdio>
int main() {
printf("Hello, world!");
}
\end{minted}

\begin{myminted}
#include <cstdio>
int main() {
printf("Hello, world!");
}
\end{myminted}
\lipsum[2]
\end{document}


• This fixes the spacing, thanks! Concerning the minted code being "heavier" / darker, this is apparently a problem with listings where the text color isn't the actual colour set via the options but a shade light for some reason. [I verified with a colour picker that the minted colour is correct.] – h-2 May 15 '19 at 17:05
• @h-2 If you use a normal font (not a typewriter font) in listings, you will know why listings produces such a giant space (I don't like it). Some people don't like formatting their code with code fonts :) – user156344 May 15 '19 at 17:07
• Is there a way to get \lsstyle into the minted options and not having to create a new env? – h-2 May 15 '19 at 17:10
• @h-2 I don't know yet. I don't use minted often recently so I don't think I am confident enough. But you can do some trial-and-error tests on fontstyle, etc. Anyway I think defining a new environment is the best option. – user156344 May 15 '19 at 17:12