Jake Worth

Printing Code on a Mac

Published: October 13, 2020 2 min read

A few times over the years, I’ve had to print out code that I’ve written onto physical paper. I have actually heard that some teams do team code reviews on paper, which sounds really fun. Getting code to look good in the dead-tree format can be tricky, especially for the Vim and Emacs users out there.

My solution? Open the file in TextEdit, which ships on every Mac. TextEdit displays the file in plain text without any frills, just like Vim. ⌘ + P that well-factored, universe-denting document to your printer of choice.

Do this even faster via the command line:

$ open -e your-file.txt

✉️ Get better at programming by learning with me. Subscribe to Jake Worth's Newsletter for bi-weekly ideas, creations, and curated resources from across the world of programming. Join me today!

Blog of Jake Worth, software engineer in Maine.

© 2022 Jake Worth.