I want to make a tcolorbox with minted Python code similar to this answer, including the size/aspect-ratio of the box, but with an additional requirement. I would like the rendered tcolorbox to take up the entire PDF document, notwithstanding some white space near the rounded corners. Or rather, I would like the tcolorbox to be of a similar size as if it were going to be placed in a document, but have all the white space around it tightened at or close to its border. Using that linked answer as an example, I would like the output be a PDF that contains this:

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I seem to have eliminated the margins and the top whitespace with the geometry package by setting top=0mm and margin=0mm, but I am not sure how to remove the rest of the whitespace. I tried bottom=0mm but that did not work.

But there is still whitespace below.

With these isolated little code snippets I intend to put them into different slides and documents using the \includegraphcs command from graphicx. This in part to avoid perplexing behaviour that I suspect is coming from so many disparate packages being included in the preamble, but it would also allow me to reuse and share little snippets of code for document preparation.

I am using Texmaker with PdfLaTeX, if that matters. Is there a way to do this?

  • This GitHub blog post looks promising, although prima facie it seems like steps have to be taken outside of LaTeX.
    – Galen
    Commented Mar 6, 2022 at 19:11

1 Answer 1


I am not sure if this is what you are looking for.


  listing engine=minted,
  listing only,
  minted style=colorful,
  minted language=python,
  minted options={numbersep=3mm,texcl=true,#1},
  overlay={\begin{tcbclipinterior}\fill[black!25] (frame.south west)
            rectangle ([xshift=5mm]frame.north west);\end{tcbclipinterior}},

\begin{pythoncode}[linenos=true,]{colback=red!5!white,colframe=red!75!black,title=My nice heading}
# indent your Python code to put into an email
import glob
# glob supports Unix style pathname extensions
python_files = glob.glob('*.py')
for file_name in sorted(python_files):
    print '    ------' + file_name

    with open(file_name) as f:
        for line in f:
            print '    ' + line.rstrip()

  • "I am not sure if this is what you are looking for." Maybe so, but you nailed it! (+1)
    – Galen
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 5:58

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