\verb char literal-text char \verb* char literal-text char
Typeset literal-text as it is input, including special characters
and spaces, using the typewriter (
This example shows two different invocations of
This is \verb!literally! the biggest pumpkin ever. And this is the best squash, \verb+literally!+
\verb has its literal-text surrounded with
!. The second instead uses plus,
because the exclamation point is part of
The single-character delimiter char surrounds
literal-text—it must be the same character before and after.
No spaces come between
\verb* and char,
or between char and literal-text, or between
literal-text and the second occurrence of char (the
synopsis shows a space only to distinguish one component from the
other). The delimiter must not appear in literal-text. The
literal-text cannot include a line break.
*-form differs only in that spaces are printed with a visible
The output from this will include a visible space on both side of word ‘with’:
The command's first argument is \verb*!filename with extension! and ...
For typesetting Internet addresses, urls, the package
is a better option than the
\verb command, since
it allows line breaks.
For computer code there are many packages with advantages over
\verb. One is
listings, another is
You cannot use
\verb in the argument to a macro, for instance in
the argument to a
\section. It is not a question of
being fragile (see
\protect), instead it just cannot work, as the
\verb command changes the catcode regime before reading its
argument, and restore it immediately afterward, nevertheless with a
macro argument the content of the argument has already be converted to a
token list along the catcode regime in effect when the macro was called.
cprotect package can help with this.