Syntax highlighting

Dynamic syntax highlighting

CIDER can syntax highlight symbols that are known to be defined. By default, this is done on symbols from the clojure.core namespace, as well as macros from any namespace. If you’d like CIDER to also colorize usages of functions and variables from any namespace, do:

(setq cider-font-lock-dynamically '(macro core function var))

Here’s how code looks without dynamic syntax highlighting.

Dynamic Font-lock Off

And here’s how the code looks when it’s turned on.

Dynamic Font-lock On

Syntax highlighting for reader conditionals

By default CIDER will apply font-locking to unused reader conditional expressions depending on the buffer’s CIDER connection type.

Reader Conditionals

You can disable this behavior by adjusting cider-font-lock-reader-conditionals:

(setq cider-font-lock-reader-conditionals nil)

Customizing CIDER faces

CIDER defines a few custom faces that you might want to adjust (although normally your color theme should take care of them):

  • cider-deprecated-face - used for syntax highlighting deprecated vars

  • cider-instrumented-face - used for syntax highlighting instrumented for debugging vars

  • cider-traced-face - used for syntax highlighting traced vars

  • cider-reader-conditional-face - used for syntax highlighting inactive reader conditional branches