Carbonize is the easiest way to convert source code into images on Mac. The app leverages the popular, free Carbon * editor and adds native macOS features on top of it. Get your source code into Carbonize, customize the image, and export it anywhere.

Easily access the excellent utility you know from the web right from your desktop.

Carbonize features:
- Easily drag source code onto the Dock icon.
- Send code to Carbonize through the Services menu.
- Drag generated images into Finder, apps or social media.
- Instant image creation. features:
- Syntax highlighting.
- Multiple themes.
- Multiple fonts.
- Customizable background colors.

Note that generating images from text is detrimental for people with visual impairment. It also prevents your readers from copy-pasting your snippet into their work. Consider alternatives in the form of regular code blocks with syntax highlighting for websites, adding an image description, or linking to the code in plain text.

* Carbonize is not affiliated with Carbon or its developers.

What’s New

Version 2020.4

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### Added

* Two-finger swipe the floating save window to dismiss it.
* There's a Copy button on the toolbar, allowing you to quickly write the image to your clipboard.
* The keyboard shortcut for copying the image is ⌘⇧ + C.

### Fixed

* The floating save window no longer flashes on screen after it has been dismissed.
* The toolbar buttons have tooltips and accessibility labels.

### Changed

* Credits for the free, online editor that Carbonize relies on changed from Dawn Labs to Carbon.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Magicflyer97 ,

Love it

Looks very clean, great app - Awesome for building tutorials or creating blog posts. Syntax highlighting supports a lot of languages.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your review!

Do keep in mind that images aren't easily accessible to people with visual impairment. They won't be able to fully read your tutorials or blog posts if you don't offer an alternative (like a link to the code in a Gist). There are even ways to get Carbon-like syntax highlighting to your sites without generating an image. Might be worth a look!

mmlaif ,

Awesome app

Best app to use if you want to explain some peace of code to anyone.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review!

mikha'el28 ,

No pure white theme

None of the themes have a pure white background for the code. Therefore, there is a slightly gray tinge when printing snippets on paper. I'm forced to pull the carbon source code from Git, to then manually create a theme. If developers add the white them, I will add five stars - it's just, for my use-case, falls short.

Developer Response ,

Hi there, thanks for contacting me. You can actually customize themes and set the background color to white that way.

Scroll all the way up in the themes dropdown and select 'Create +' at the top of the list. Then select Background and set it to FFFFFF.

If you need any more help, feel free to contact me through and I can send you a screenshot.

I'd greatly appreciate it if you could update your review when this fixes the issue you're experiencing. Thanks!


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