I've got a WordPress blog on WordPress.com. When posting something I'm including some sample Java code in the <code tags, is there any way I can have this formatted better? Such as syntax highlighting and line numbers etc?

An example of what I have is here, even though I have the code tags it doesnt seem to make it any more readable than normal text

Am I limited in choices as I've gone for the free option?

  • I assume you mean wordpress.com as "the wordpress site".
    – hakre
    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:10
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    @hakre: There you go again with the improper casing of the trademarked term WordPress. I know you think it's a statement but it makes you (and the site) look sloppy. Sep 4, 2010 at 19:14
  • @MikeSchinkel: From what I see in the revision history, I never edited that answer.
    – hakre
    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:35

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wordpress.com supports code syntax-highliting. You can read all about it here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/posting-source-code/

for your specific example use:

[sourcecode language="java"]
package com.jameselsey.domain;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import com.google.android.maps.GeoPoint;
import android.app.Application;

* This is a global POJO that we attach data to which we
* want to use across the application
* @author James Elsey
public class GlobalState extends Application
private String testMe;

public String getTestMe() {
return testMe;
public void setTestMe(String testMe) {
this.testMe = testMe;
  • You can use "lang" instead of "language" if you're into the whole brevity thing.
    – Mr_Chimp
    Jun 15, 2011 at 13:45

Yes you can. It's [code] *your code here* [/code] and you can even hint the language: [code lang="php"]<?php echo 'test'; ?>[/code].

This is the method I prefer (quick to write). There seem to be other ways as the following resource explains: Support: Code » Posting Source Code (wordpress.com)

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