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AsciiDoc is a text document format for writing things.

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AsciiDoc is a text document format for writing notes, documentation, articles, books, ebooks, slideshows, web pages, man pages and blogs. AsciiDoc files can be translated to many formats including HTML, PDF, EPUB, man page. is a legacy processor for this syntax, handling an older rendition of AsciiDoc. As such, this will not properly handle the current AsciiDoc specification. It is suggested that unless you specifically require the toolchain, you should find a processor that handles the modern AsciiDoc syntax. is highly configurable: both the AsciiDoc source file syntax and the backend output markups (which can be almost any type of SGML/XML markup) can be customized and extended by the user.

Prerequisites is written in Python so you need a Python interpreter (version 3.5 or later) to execute asciidoc(1). You can install Python using the package manager for your OS or by downloading it from the official Python website

Additionally, you will need:

  • DocBook XSL Stylesheets 1.76.1
  • xsltproc (libxml 20706, libxslt 10126 and libexslt 815).
  • w3m 0.5.2
  • dblatex 0.3
  • FOP 0.95

to enable the full toolchain.


Documentation and installation instructions are on the website Simply, you should use use pip to install it:

pip3 install asciidoc


To contribute and test your changes, you will need to install:

  • flake8
  • pytest
  • pytest-mock

To lint the codebase: python3 -m flake8 has the following types of tests:

  1. doctests: python3 -m asciidoc.asciidoc --doctest
  2. unit tests: python3 -m pytest
  3. integration tests: python3 tests/

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