How to get syntax highlighting for cat using pygments

Some people like to quickly have a look at short source files using cat at the terminal. It would be nice to have syntax highlighting for such a use. Though cat does not support syntax highlighting, it is easy to get a similar experience using Pygments, a syntax highlighter written in Python.

First, install Pygments using pip:

$ sudo pip install Pygments

This installs a pygmentize program, whose -g can be used to request it to guess the type of input file and apply the appropriate syntax highlighting:

$ pygmentize -g foobar.cpp

If you use this regularly, create an alias for it with a name that is easy to remember like ccat.

Tried with: Pygments 1.6, Python 2.7.3 and Ubuntu 12.04

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