HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter


Add syntax highlighting in the Classic Post & Page HTML text editor, Gutenberg Code Editor, and Theme & Plugin editors using CodeMirror.js


  • Syntax highlighting in the Post/Page HTML editor
  • NEW: Syntax highlighting in the Gutenberg Code Editor (not Visual Editor)
  • Syntax highlighting in the Theme & Plugin editors
  • Syntax highlighting for WordPress [shortcodes/]
  • Save your posts and pages pressing Ctrl+S (Cmd+S on Mac)
  • Restore cursor position after page is reloaded
  • Huge selection of themes and other customization options
  • Fullscreen mode: toggle with F11/Esc hotkeys

If you would like to contribute to this plugin, view the github repo.

If you’re a regular user of this plugin, please consider taking a short User Experience Survey to provide feedback that will help shape the new version 3.0.

عکس‌های صفحه

  • Syntax highlighting in the Classic Post/Page HTML editor.
  • Quick Settings Panel.
  • Advanced Settings Panel.
  • Syntax highlighting in the Theme/Plugin editor.
  • Example code highlighting.

سوالات متداول

Does it work with Gutenberg?

Yes! Partially… Since version 2.3.0, it works with the Gutenberg Code Editor, but only the Code Editor, not the Visual Editor. Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+M / Cmd+Shift+Alt+M to switch between the Visual Editor and the Code Editor.

It does not work with blocks in the Gutenberg Visual Editor. This means it does not highlight code in:
* The Edit as HTML section of every block
* The Custom HTML block
* The Shortcode block
See the last screenshot for a visual example.

It may work with other code related parts of Gutenberg in the future. Track the progress here.

How do I get the Classic Editor back!?

Since WordPress version 5.0, Gutenberg is the default editor. If you want this plugin to work the way it used to, you’ll have to download the Classic Editor plugin.

Can I search and replace?

Function: WINDOWS / MAC
Start searching: Ctrl-F / Cmd-F
Find next: Ctrl-G / Cmd-G
Find previous: Shift-Ctrl-G / Shift-Cmd-G
Replace: Shift-Ctrl-F / Cmd-Opt-F
Replace all: Shift-Ctrl-R / Shift-Cmd-Opt-F
Persistent search: Alt-F (dialog doesn’t auto-close, Enter to find next, Shift-Enter to find previous)
Jump to line: Alt-G

Why are p and br tags are being removed?

WordPress has a feature called the ‘auto p’ filter which:

“Changes double line-breaks in the text into HTML paragraphs.”

For example, auto p will take some standard post content like this:

Some long text
that has many lines.

And paragraphs in it.

and turn it into something like this:

<p>Some long text<br/>
that has many lines</p>
<p>And paragraphs in it.</p>

Like your little brother, it thinks it’s helping, even if it isn’t.

What can I do about it?
* Disable auto p: There are several plugins you can use to disable auto p in the Classic Editor. I’d recommend Toggle wpautop.
* Show the p tags: The plugin TinyMCE Advanced has an Advanced Option to ‘Keep paragraph tags’. This option will still add the “auto p” tags but won’t strip them out of the visible code.

You can read more about this issues this may cause in this support thread.

Why is my code is being reformatting when I switch to the Visual Editor and back?

The WordPress Visual Editor needs to reformat code in order to function correctly. This is not something that this plugin can fix. You can disable the Visual Editor entirely by going to: Users > Your Profile > Visual Editor: check ‘Disable the visual editor when writing’.

Scrollbars are not appearing! / Scroll position is not reset! / Code window is not resizable!

You may have the ‘Enable full-height editor and distraction-free functionality’ turned on. This is a native WordPress feature that changes the scrolling and fullscreen behavior of both the Code Editor and Visual Editor.

To Disable Full-height Editor: Go to ‘Screen Options’ (in the top right of the editor page), then uncheck ‘Enable full-height editor and distraction-free functionality’ in the Additional Settings section.

How do I use Fullscreen?

The fullscreen button on the top right of the editor will do one of two things depending on the ‘Enable full-height editor and distraction-free functionality’ setting in your ‘Screen Options’ (in the top right of the editor page):
* Full-height Editor Enabled: Toggles the ‘distraction free mode’.
* Full-height Editor Disabled: Toggles the ‘fullscreen mode’.

Keybindings: F11 will toggle fullscreen on and off, and esc will close fullscreen.

Does it work with Internet Explorer?

Not really… It is partially supported in IE 11. Known bugs are tracked here, but won’t be fixed. Anything less that IE 10 isn’t even supported by Microsoft anymore. If you are using Internet Explorer you should get a better browser.

نقد و بررسی‌ها

فبروری 24, 2024
In the era of Gutenberg and visual builders, as a good old programmer of the past, I need to edit HTML code in the showcase pages of the WordPress sites I create. This plugin is therefore a must-have for me. It works very well, it doesn’t have many options but all those necessary to configure the editing environment comfortable for me.
HESH is built on top of Code Mirror which is first class code. The implementation is somewhat eclectic including a settings button in the front end which allows the user to really play with editor settings. Easy access to the settings is convenient at first and then a bit of a distraction. HESH even highlights WordPress shortcodes [shortcode] syntax. What HESH doesn’t have is Markdown syntax highlighting in the posts/pages plain text editor but the WordPress shortcodes and HTML highlighting helps make up for it. What is buggy are the settings on iPhone (iOS 13.5) where the settings buttons more or less don’t work and the settings can’t be closed. If you don’t touch the settings though, HESH provides a better plain text editor than WordPress default (which can be very finicky to accept text entry). It remains easier to edit on iOS with HESH installed than without so no downnmarks here. All in all a great plugin, a bit overwhelmed right now with legacy support for WordPress 4.9 editor, Classic Editor, Code view, plain text editor, Gutenberg and the sixteen different kinds of blocks which might need syntax highlighting. I can’t blame the plugin authors for not being on top of all editors all the time now in the current Gutenberg-induced editor hell. Very, very grateful for their hard work and looking forward to HESH v3.
آگست 10, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to create such an awesome plugin 🙂 lots of options of colours etc. Very good.
جون 10, 2021
It’s nice that this plugin is customizable. However, it causes delays while writing in the editor. These pauses are very frustrating.
مارچ 25, 2021
This plugins works great with the classic editor. I can’t comment on using it with Gutenberg or any pagebuilders, since I don’t use them. If you edit HTML with the WP editor on a regular basis, you can’t really live without this plugin. I’m really looking forward version 3. Keeep up the good work and thanks for sharing with us!
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گزارش تغییرات


  • Added about 15 new themes


  • Updated css for wordpress v5.8


  • removing survey notice


  • fixed bug: notification would not dismiss if the visual editor was open
  • fix bug: Setting Form can now submit from memory, not just when the dom is in the page.


  • updating a major number so I can review downloads more accurately.
  • reorganized the codebase
  • Reverting the name-change of hesh.php
    This name-change of html-editor-syntax-highlighter.php to hesh.php caused the plugin to deactivate itself because the php file was missing. Reverting the name-change of hesh.php will cause this all over again, but hey.


  • remove Github Updater headers
  • testing WP update Process


  • fixing typo $this->$surveyLink to $this->surveyLink


  • Updated Release process
  • Fix bug: #80 Only activate on pages where the editor will run
  • Added UX survey notice.


  • added a seventh screenshot
  • removed smartIndent because its annoying
  • fixed gulp watch task
  • updated FAQ


  • Fixing JS error in issue #81 (Hopefully?)
  • Updating authorship so James can get a job. Will revert to Petr Later…


  • Support for Gutenberg Code Editor!
  • Added new themes: Codepen and WordPress (which is now the default).
  • Created new screenshots for the plugin page.
  • New Logo based on <W/>.
  • Updated FAQ with Gutenberg info.
  • Changed build steps to only export one .css and .js file


  • added Gutenberg information after the update to WordPress version 5.0


  • fixed bug: #75 removing f typo


  • fixed bug: Allow Multiple Instances of CodeMirror on a page #71
  • fixed bug: js error when custom post type does not support ‘editor’ feature #62


  • A patch for WP 4.9. No more double editors in theme/plugin editors.


  • fixed bug: github updater in production issue #52
  • updated Codemirror to latest release version


  • fixed bug: editor was not stopping when switching between visual editor and text editor


  • added search & replace with dialog
  • added highlighting options
  • added auto-close tags and brackets option
  • added code-folding option
  • added scrollbars option
  • added keyMap options
  • added Default and None themes
  • fixed bug: made tab management agnostic to tab count and names – #50


  • added search
  • add highlighting for <!--nextpage-->
  • fixed bug: Theme and Plugin Editor not working


  • fixed bug: esc key weirdness
  • fixed bug: don’t steal editor focus from title on ‘Add New Post’
  • fixed bug: scrollbar appears in middle of text editor
  • fixed bug: toolbar can be too big


  • now adjusts to the ‘Enable full-height editor and distraction-free functionality’ setting
  • syntax highlighting on Theme and Plugin Editor pages
  • fixed bug: native wp editor buttons work on content – no longer overwrites with emulating buttons
  • Settings:
    • added an extendable settings panel
    • saves settings to WordPress user profile
    • added more text customization settings
  • basically rewrote the whole codebase


  • fixed bug: pre v5.4 php was causing an error – func_that_returns_array()['index'] syntax is not allowed
  • fixed bug: CodeMirror not initializing properly when new user tries to edit post for the first time
  • fixed bug: CodeMirror no longer trying to load on “All Posts” and “All Pages”
  • fixed bug: Font and theme were reset to default when switching to the visual editor and back


  • fixed bug: return key would create two new lines and ignore indent
  • fixed bug: wp native “Add Media” button was not working
  • added version string to .css and .js resources for cache-busting purposes


  • Ctrl-S / Cmd-S saving will now select “Save Draft” if the post has not been published yet
  • Switched to an npm and grunt.js based build so new versions of CodeMirror can be applied easier
  • Updated CodeMirror to its latest version
  • Fixed FireFox bug: <select> drop-down would not display due to ::active state transform property
  • Fixed bug: toolbar covering text at small screen width
  • Fixed bug: switchEditors is undefined
  • Updated Css for wp 4.5
  • Added all available CodeMirror themes
  • Added syntax highlighting:
    • for WordPress shortcodes
    • for <!--more--> tags and their variants
    • NEW CodeMirror modes: shortcode.js & wordpresspost.js
  • Now calling hesh.js in an anonymous wrapper so it won’t pollute the global namespace
  • Now initializing hesh.js in an async compliant way
  • Refactored php to enqueue javascript in the WordPress friendly way
  • Tested with WordPress 4.5.2
  • Tested in all modern desktop browsers on OSX and Windows 10


  • Fixed issues with switching editor modes in WP 4.3


  • Added paragraph tag button, it’s visible only when the visual editor is disabled
  • Added minimum editor window height for the full-height mode


  • Added minimum editor window height for the full-height mode


  • Fixes for full-height mode
  • Fixed the issue with a hidden first line on smaller screens


  • Fixed the issue with a hidden first line on smaller screens


  • Fixed editor window height and resize handler
  • “headers already sent” issue


  • Compatibility with WP 4.0
  • Fixed fullscreen mode


  • You can change font size in the editor
  • Fixed issue with restoring cursor position
  • Updated CodeMirror library
  • Some minor improvements


  • Updated CodeMirror library
  • Some minor improvements


  • Add Link button now works with page selector window
  • Some minor improvements


  • You can now select Light or Dark editor colour theme


  • Fixed issue when “Add Media” button stopped working
  • Fixed editor resize bug in Visual mode.


  • Bug fixing


  • Add Media button now works correctly in Text mode
  • Fixed jumping cursor issue when ‘:’, ‘{‘, ‘}’ keys are pressed


  • Fixed jumping cursor issue when ‘/’ key is pressed.


  • Fixed a focus bug


  • Toggle fullscreen mode with F11/Esc hotkeys
  • Publish Post/Page hotkeys Ctrl + S / Cmd + S
  • Fixed some bugs for IE 8
  • Added development files to the zip bundle


  • New fullscreen mode
  • Remembers tab state
  • Editor resize handler
  • Code refactoring and minification for better loading performance


  • Updated CodeMirror library
  • Increased loading performance
  • Match brackets


  • CodeMirror library updated to version 3.02
  • Added quick-tags toolbar buttons
  • Preserve the scroll position after update or page reload


  • vertical resize for the editing box (works on FireFox, Chrome, Safari).
  • not working buttons/tags was hidden


Bug fix:
* plugin does not work in new post/page.


Bug fix (thanks to collinprice):
* when user has the visual editor disabled this plugin does not show up.


Initial release.