How can I include an ampersand (&) in a code block macro?

I would like to include literal ampersands (&) in code blocks using the code block macro. Is this possible?

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Could you be more specific? As far as I know, the Confluence Code Block macro supports ampersands in the code. Is there something specific you're trying to do or some specific problem you're running into?

I discovered that the ampersand (&) is replaced with the corresponding HTML entity (&) whenever it is followed by a dollar sign ($).

Ampersand in code block macro.png

Other ampersands are rendered correctly.

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I found that the problem does not happen when the default syntax highlighting is enabled, but only when we use a custom one. I gather the problem lies therein. I’ll see if I can fix it.

Just stumbled across this as well. 

Using a "code block" macro,

foo & bar

will be shown as-is, but 


will turn into 


I suspect that's bug, probably some filter trying to escape URLs for <a> tags?

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