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QLColorCode... Quick Look is great, but who wants to look at their code in black & white? QLColorCode is a syntax highlighting Quick Look plugin for source code files. Just download and drop the plugin into your ~/Library/QuickLook folder and enjoy a much nicer Quick Look experience.

What's New

Version 2.0.2:
  • Modified ReadMe.txt to include the latest info on the Xcode 3.2 conflict
  • Include a link to Andre Simon's page with previews of color styles


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Petersphilo Member IconReview+22

Has anyone had trouble with QLColorCode and Mountain Lion?
It seems particularly slow...
Maybe it's just me...

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Version 2.0.2

I was having trouble, particularly in that it would try to render a code preview for dmg, pkg, and other binary files (in . However, somehow I was running v2.0.1, and when I upgraded to 2.0.2 the issue went away (even though the only changes were documentation-related). Maybe check the readme for some useful "defaults" commands (e.g., maxFileSize)? http://code.google.com/p/qlcolorcode/wiki/ReadMe

etj Member IconComment+19

I have trouble with version 2.0. If I remove it, I can use QL to look at .txt and .py files (just no color) but after adding QLColorCode 2.0, when I use QL on these same files I just see a file icon and not the contents. I have it installed in /Library/QuickLook

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Version 2.0

ETJ - Are you still having trouble with QLColorCode? If you gave up on it maybe it's worth giving another shot with the update (or two) since then. I have it installed and cringe at the idea of going without...

If the latest version still doesn't work, I wonder if it's a permissions thing? I'm pretty sure the problem you described means the qlmanager is registering QLColorCode just fine (so QLCC is now in charge of .txt and .py previews, among others), but the plugin itself isn't "firing" or returning any usable results.

Or maybe you've long-since solved the problem. If so, moving on...


Works fine now- thanks to the developer for fixing the issue. This is a very useful addition to Quicklook- I have it on all my Macs.


Dur. I just found this, which might explain if anyone's still having trouble. Apparently, if you have Xcode 3.2 (the version bundled with Snow Leopard), there's a QuickLook plugin the system tends to prefer over QLColorCode.

Explanation and fix here:



Awesome. Totally agree.

fizzy Member IconReview-1

Works well, a really useful addition for developers who use several different editors which may not provide their own QL plugins. Version 1.1 faster than before. I wish there was an easier way to add a certain file extension to be rendered with a certain language highlighting (for instance, I create ".inc" files for includes that might be either PHP or HTML) without messing around in the shell script in the package.

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Version 1.1
Arvidtp Member IconComment+73

caused my finder to crash when I went into full screen mode

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Version 0.4.1
JCDS Member IconComment+10

It only works for me when I save my tex files using latin1 encoding but when a tex file saved in UTF8 encoding contains diacritic symbols like an e acute, or e grave (in French language), the plugin is lost and doesn't display those symbols correctly.
The original ColorQC.qlgenerator works well.

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Version 0.4.1
iammatt Member IconReview+0

Very very good, works as it says on the tin.
My personal favorite it that it works with applescript files, which used to be just some big unhelpful icon.

Thanks, this apps a keeper.

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Version 0.3
m30318 Member IconReview-8

Works well. Python code highlights is not the same, but it is consistent. Thanks for such a useful plugin!

It does not work on all code files though. I tried it on .rvb (Vb based), but they did not actually show.. maybe it is just a 10.5 thing..

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Version 0.1
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Downloads 6,175
Version Downloads 2,420
License Free
Date 09 Oct 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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