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A Slate plugin to handle code block editing.


npm install slate-edit-code


  • Pressing Enter insert a new line starting with the right indentation
  • Pressing Tab insert the right indentation if selection is collapsed or indent all lines in selection
  • Pressing Delete remove the indentation before cursor if possible
  • Pressing Command+Enter (Ctrl+Enter on Windows/Linux) exits the code block
  • Pressing Command+A (Ctrl+A on Windows/Linux) selects all the text in the block


This plugin uses the following structure for code blocks:

  kind: block
    type: code_block
      kind: block
        type: code_line
          text: "A code block is made of..."
      kind: block
        type: code_line
          text: "...several code lines"

Simple Usage

import EditCode from 'slate-edit-code'
const plugins = [

Options arguments

  • containerType = 'code_block' : string — The type of the code containers
  • lineType = 'code_line' : string — The type of the code lines
  • exitBlockType = 'paragraph' : null | string — Mod+Enter will exit the code container, into the given block type. Backspace at start of an empty code container will convert it to the given block type. Pass null to disable this behavior.
  • onExit: (Change) => void | Change — Change to do when the user hits Mod+Enter. Defaults to exiting the code block, into a new exitBlockType block.
  • selectAll = true : boolean — True to select all code inside a code container on Command+A
  • allowMarks = false : boolean — False disallow marks in code blocks by normalizing them away.
  • getIndent: (Value) => string — Returns the indent unit as a string. The current value is passed as context.

Suppressing onKeyDown behavior

Some behavior implemented by this plugins have no corresponding option. While there is an option selectAll to disable the behavior on Mod+A, If you would like to fine tune these behavior, you can always redefine the exported onKeyDown function.

The following example disable all indent behavior

import EditCode from 'slate-edit-code'
const options = { ... };
const basePlugin = EditCode(options);
const customPlugin = {
  onKeyDown(event, change, editor) {
    if (event.key === 'Tab') {
      // Bypass the original plugin behavior on `Tab`
    } else {
      return basePlugin.onKeyDown(event, change, editor);
// Use customPlugin later on

Utilities and Changes

slate-edit-code exports utilities, accessible like so:

const plugin = EditCode()
// Access exported utilities there


plugin.utils.deserializeCode(text: String) => Block

Split a text string into lines, and deserialize them to a code_container Block, with one children code_line Block per line.


plugin.changes.toggleCodeBlock(change: Change, type: String) => Change

Toggle a block into a code block or a normal block (defined by type).


plugin.changes.wrapCodeBlockByKey(change: Change, key: String) => Change

Convert a block (paragraph, etc) into a code block.


plugin.changes.wrapCodeBlock(change: Change) => Change

Convert current block (paragraph, etc) into a code block.


plugin.changes.unwrapCodeBlockByKey(change: Change, key: String, type: String) => Change

Convert a code block into a normal block (paragraph, etc).


plugin.changes.unwrapCodeBlock(change: Change, type: String) => Change

Convert current code block into a normal block (paragraph, etc).