I am using python-mode which colors the parameters.

When I concatinate strings the variable color is represented as different:

On the other hand, if I use fstring, the variable is not represented as different color:


Please note that, if I enter non-existing variable, python-mode detects it:

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[Q] Is there any way to give a color to variables inside a fstring under python-mode?

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I think this will do it for Emacs versions < 27.1

(require 'python)

(setq python-font-lock-keywords
      (append python-font-lock-keywords
          '(;; this is the full string.
        ;; group 1 is the quote type and a closing quote is matched
        ;; group 2 is the string part
         ;; these are the {keywords}
          ;; Pre-match form
          (progn (goto-char (match-beginning 0)) (match-end 0))
          ;; Post-match form
          (goto-char (match-end 0))
          ;; face for this match
          (0 font-lock-variable-name-face t))))))

For later versions replace python-font-lock-keywords with python-font-lock-keywords-maximum-decoration.

I think this works on all strings now, including multiline ones (that seems to be a tricky one in general though). I left the {} in the highlight, they get replaced and that made sense to me.

Here is what it looks like for me: enter image description here

font lock is hard!

The two other posts I looked at related to this are:

  1. Repeated regex capture for font-lock

  2. Python mode - custom syntax highlighting.

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    I think with the new version you can get rid of the font-lock-keywords-only setting, then this works for everything but mulitline f-strings. see teh new picture above. Commented Jan 30, 2020 at 12:39
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    That probably is invalid. You can't use the same kind of quotes for the dictionary key here. Try f'received {jobInfo["received"]}' instead. Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 12:23
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    I asked it at emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/55586/… Commented Feb 17, 2020 at 13:35
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    There are some interesting approaches and explanations in the answers to the new question. I have updated this answer so it works with \n in it, but there may be a more robust answer that leverages syntax described at emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/55586/…. It will take some work to make that also do what is done here though. Commented Feb 17, 2020 at 22:04
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    In GNU Emacs 27.1 seems like it does not work :-(
    – alper
    Commented Sep 22, 2020 at 18:04

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