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Code Blocks in Gatsby Markdown

By James Kolean on Apr 17, 2020
Gatsby React JavaScript

I have a lot of code blocks in my posts, so let’s see if we can make them a bit prettier and easier to use.

Let’s add two dependencies. The first will make the blocks look better and give us a better editor experience in Netlify CMS.

npm install -save gatsby-remark-prismjs
npm install gatsby-remark-code-buttons --save-dev

To setup just edit /gatsby-plugin.js adding the plugins like this.

plugins: [
        resolve: `gatsby-transformer-remark`,
        options: {
            plugins: [
                    resolve: 'gatsby-remark-code-buttons',
                    options: {
                        tooltipText: 'Copy Code to Clipboard',
                        toasterText: 'Copied to Clipboard',
                    resolve: `gatsby-remark-prismjs`,
                    options: {
                        classPrefix: 'language-',
                        inlineCodeMarker: null,
                        aliases: {},
                        showLineNumbers: false,
                        noInlineHighlight: false,

That will get us close but let’s make a small style change to get the copy icon in a better position. Start by creating src/styles/custom-code-buttons.scss

.gatsby-code-button {
  transform: translateY(-15px);

Then edit /gatsby-browser.js to use the style.

import './src/styles/custom-code-buttons.scss'
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