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asciidoc - converts an AsciiDoc text file to HTML or DocBook


asciidoc [OPTIONS] FILE


The asciidoc(1) command translates the AsciiDoc text file FILE to DocBook or HTML. If FILE
is - then the standard input is used.


-a, --attribute=ATTRIBUTE
Define or delete document attribute. ATTRIBUTE is formatted like NAME=VALUE.
Command-line attributes take precedence over document and configuration file
attributes. Alternate acceptable forms are NAME (the VALUE defaults to an empty
string); NAME! (delete the NAME attribute); NAME=VALUE@ (do not override document or
configuration file attributes). Values containing spaces should be enclosed in
double-quote characters. This option may be specified more than once. A special
attribute named trace controls the output of diagnostic information.

-b, --backend=BACKEND
Backend output file format: docbook45, xhtml11, html4, html5, slidy, wordpress or
latex (the latex backend is experimental). You can also use the backend alias names
html (aliased to xhtml11) or docbook (aliased to docbook45). Defaults to html. The
--backend option is also used to manage backend plugins (see PLUGIN COMMANDS).

-f, --conf-file=CONF_FILE
Use configuration file CONF_FILE.Configuration files processed in command-line order
(after implicit configuration files). This option may be specified more than once.

Run Python doctests in asciidoc module.

-d, --doctype=DOCTYPE
Document type: article, manpage or book. The book document type is only supported by
the docbook backend. Default document type is article.

-c, --dump-conf
Dump configuration to stdout.

Specify the name of a filter to be loaded (used to load filters that are not
auto-loaded). This option may be specified more than once. The --filter option is also
used to manage filter plugins (see PLUGIN COMMANDS).

-h, --help [TOPIC]
Print help TOPIC. --helptopics will print a list of help topics, --helpsyntax
summarizes AsciiDoc syntax, --helpmanpage prints the AsciiDoc manpage.

-e, --no-conf
Exclude implicitly loaded configuration files except for those named like the input
file (infile.conf and infile-backend.conf).

-s, --no-header-footer
Suppress document header and footer output.

-o, --out-file=OUT_FILE
Write output to file OUT_FILE. Defaults to the base name of input file with backend
extension. If the input is stdin then the outfile defaults to stdout. If OUT_FILE is -
then the standard output is used.

-n, --section-numbers
Auto-number HTML article section titles. Synonym for --attribute numbered.

Enable safe mode. Safe mode is disabled by default. AsciiDoc safe mode skips
potentially dangerous scripted sections in AsciiDoc source files.

Specify a theme name. Synonym for --attribute theme=THEME. The --theme option is also
used to manage theme plugins (see PLUGIN COMMANDS).

-v, --verbose
Verbosely print processing information and configuration file checks to stderr.

Print program version number.


The asciidoc(1) --filter, --backend and --theme options are used to install, remove and
list AsciiDoc filter, backend and theme plugins. Syntax:

asciidoc OPTION install ZIP_FILE [PLUGINS_DIR]
asciidoc OPTION list


asciidoc(1) --filter, --backend or --theme option specifying the type of plugin.

A unique plugin name containing only alphanumeric or underscore characters.

A Zip file containing plugin resources, the name must start with the plugin name e.g.
my_filter-1.0.zip packages filter my_filter.

The directory containing installed plugins. Each plugin is contained in its own
separate subdirectory which has the same name as the plugin. PLUGINS_DIR defaults to
the $HOME/.asciidoc/filters (for filter plugins) or $HOME/.asciidoc/backends (for
backend plugins) or $HOME/.asciidoc/themes (for theme plugins).

The name of a directory containing the plugin source files or the name of a single
source file.

The plugin commands perform as follows:

Create a subdirectory in PLUGINS_DIR with the same name as the plugin then extract the
ZIP_FILE into it.

Delete the PLUGIN_NAME plugin subdirectory and all its contents from the PLUGINS_DIR.

List the names and locations of all installed filter or theme plugins (including
standard plugins installed in the global configuration directory).

Create a plugin file named ZIP_FILE containing the files and subdirectories specified
by PLUGIN_SOURCE. File and directory names starting with a period are skipped.


asciidoc asciidoc_file_name.txt
Simply generate an html file from the asciidoc_file_name.txt that is in current
directory using asciidoc.

asciidoc -b html5 asciidoc_file_name.txt
Use the -b switch to use one of the proposed backend or another one you installed on
your computer.

asciidoc -a data-uri -a icons -a toc -a max-width=55em article.txt
Use the -a switch to set attributes from command-line. AsciiDoc generated its
stand-alone HTML user guide containing embedded CSS, JavaScript and images from the
AsciiDoc article template with this command.

asciidoc -b html5 -d manpage asciidoc.1.txt
Generating the asciidoc manpage using the html5 backend.



Failure (syntax or usage error; configuration error; document processing failure;
unexpected error).

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