Gatsby Remark Codefence


This plugin hooks into gatsby-transformer-remark to add Codefence styled code formatting blocks to your website.

Codefence creates interactive and runnable code sections; this plugin transform generic code formatted blocks in Markdown into their associated Codefence blocks.

Thus, this:

const exampleList = ["a", "b", "c", true, "d"];
exampleList.forEach((example) => console.log(example));

Becomes this:

Example Codefence

Which can then be run within the browser to produce:

Example codefence after running


You can add gatsby-remark-codefence to your Gatsby site using NPM or yarn:

  • npm install --save gatsby-remark-codefence
  • yarn add gatsby-remark-codefence

After that, all you need to do is add gatsby-remark-codefence to your list of Remark plugins in your gatsby-config.js file:

// In gatsby-config.js
plugins: [
    resolve: `gatsby-transformer-remark`,
    options: {
      plugins: [

Note: order matters within your gatsby-transformer-remark plugin; if you have other code formatting markdown plugins installed (like gatsby-remark-prismjs), whichever plugin is listed first will take precedence when applying code formatting.


For a full list of the available options that can be used when formatting your Codefence sections, please refer to their documentation. At the time of publication, these are the options that you can use when formatting:

  • lang: this is determined by the language set on the triple-backtick, at the moment the following languages are supported — Ada, C/C++, C#, Clojure, Crystal, D, Dart, Elixir, Erlang, Forth, GNU Assembly, Go, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Kotlin, Lua, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Raku, Ruby, Rust, Scala, Swift, TypeScript, Zig
  • version: some of the languages supported have multiple versions that you can specify. Check the Codefence site for the up-to-date list, not all languages have configurable versions
  • heading: this is an extremely useful option, which shows a heading title for your code section (as shown in the example)
  • artifact: if your code produces a file, this allows you to export that file so that it can be viewed in the results when your code is run
  • cache : set to false using “cache=false” on the opening line of your code if you are printing something like the current time in your examples, otherwise after the first time you use a code section, it becomes cached by Codefence. Otherwise, examples are cached for 24hrs at a time until their contents change.


Contributions are welcome!

Many thanks to:

  • Ben Phelps, Codefence creator, for fixing several issues found while working on this plugin and contributing high-resolution images to the Readme