I was wondering whether I could use the labeling mechanism explained here to get the line numbers that I want to use for highlighting code via highlightlines in minted.

I am imagining something like this (Modified example from https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/483714/85983):

\begin{minted}[linenos=true, escapeinside=!!, highlightlines=\ref{myline}]{c++}
    i = i + 1 ;  
    j = j + 1 ; !\label{myline}!
    k = k + 1 ;
The important line is line \ref{myline}.

In the resulting output the line j = j + 1 ; should be highlighted.

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Both \ref and \pageref are not fully expandable, but refcount package provides a \getrefnumber{<label name>} which fully expands to the linked counter value of that <label name>. Hence your requirement can be implemented by:


% expand value of key "highlightlines"

    highlightlines={\getrefnumber{myline}, \getrefnumber{yourline}}
    i = i + 1 ;  
    j = j + 1 ; !\label{myline}!
    k = k + 1 ;
    l = l + 1 ; !\label{yourline}!
The important lines are line~\ref{myline} and line\ref{yourline}.


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