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Compose .docx documents

Project description

docxcompose is a Python library for concatenating/appending Microsoft Word (.docx) files.

Example usage

Append a document to another document:

from docxcompose.composer import Composer
from docx import Document
master = Document("master.docx")
composer = Composer(master)
doc1 = Document("doc1.docx")

The docxcompose console script

The docxcompose console script allows to compose docx files from the command line, e.g.:

$ docxcompose files/master.docx files/content.docx -o files/composed.docx

Installation for development

To install docxcompose for development, clone the repository and using a python with setuptools (for example a fresh virtualenv), install it using pip:

$ pip install -e .[tests]

Tests can then be run with pytest.

A note about testing

The tests provide helpers for blackbox testing that can compare whole word files. To do so the following files should be provided:

  • a file for the expected output that should be added to the folder docs/composed_fixture

  • multiple files that can be composed into the file above should be added to the folder docs.

The expected output can now be tested as follows:

def test_example():
    fixture = FixtureDocument("expected.docx")
    composed = ComposedDocument("master.docx", "slave1.docx", "slave2.docx")
    assert fixture == composed

Should the assertion fail the output file will be stored in the folder docs/composed_debug with the filename of the fixture file, expected.docx in case of this example.

Headers and footers

The first document is considered as the main template and headers and footers from the other documents are ignored, so that the header and footer of the first document is used throughout the merged file.


1.4.0 (2022-12-14)

  • Add support for updating multiline plain text Content Controls. [lgraf]

1.3.7 (2022-11-18)

  • Respect document language when updating datefields. [njohner]

1.3.6 (2022-10-05)

  • vt2value(): Convert empty <vt:lpwstr/> nodes to empty string instead of None. [lgraf]

1.3.5 (2022-07-08)

  • Support missing style elements. [BryceStevenWilley]

  • Correctly handle headers and footers when merging documents with sections. [njohner]

1.3.4 (2021-12-20)

  • Avoid IndexError when processing documents that have custom styled numbering definitions. [lonetwin]

1.3.3 (2021-08-12)

  • Add support for Smart Art (fixes #23)

  • Correctly handle mapped styles in restart_first_numbering. [njohner]

1.3.2 (2021-04-27)

  • Make Doc Properties case-insensitive. [buchi]

1.3.1 (2021-01-13)

  • Add support for complex fields with fieldname split into several runs. [njohner]

  • Add support for date format switches. [njohner]

1.3.0 (2020-10-06)

  • Support updating complex properties with no existing value. [deiferni]

1.2.0 (2020-07-13)

  • Add method to nullify a docproperty. [deiferni]

1.1.2 (2020-06-11)

  • Handle embedded images that also have an external reference. [buchi]

  • Fix renumbering of non-visual image and drawing properties. [buchi]

1.1.1 (2020-05-04)

  • Fix an issue with non-ascii binary_type docproperties. [deiferni]

1.1.0 (2020-04-07)

  • Add support for updating docproperties in header and footer of documents. [deiferni]

1.0.2 (2019-09-09)

  • Do not fail when complex field does not have a separate node. [njohner]

1.0.1 (2019-07-25)

  • Correctly treat two complex fields in the same paragraph. [njohner]

  • Correctly handle the case when a docproperty appears multiple time in a document. [njohner]

  • Handle docproperties with extra space before or no quotes around the property name. [njohner]

1.0.0 (2019-06-13)

  • Change license from GPL to MIT. [buchi]

  • Add support for adding, setting and deleting of doc properties. [buchi]

1.0.0a17 (2019-04-25)

  • Add functionality to get and set content of plain text content controls (structured document tags). [buchi]

1.0.0a16 (2019-01-15)

  • Prevent artifacts of previously cached doc property values during update. [deiferni]

1.0.0a15 (2018-12-12)

  • Fix updating doc-properties with non-ascii names. [deiferni]

  • Don’t handle hyperlink references twice. [deiferni]

1.0.0a14 (2018-12-04)

  • Implement generic handling of referenced parts. Among other, this adds support for embedded Excel charts. [buchi]

  • Handle embedded SVGs. [buchi]

  • Add styles from other parts, e.g. footnotes. [buchi]

1.0.0a13 (2018-11-05)

  • Fix list-styles being set incorrectly when restarting numberings. [deiferni]

1.0.0a12 (2018-10-30)

  • Fix setting section type for appended documents with only one section. [deiferni]

1.0.0a11 (2018-07-30)

  • Fix handling of section type. [buchi]

  • Fix an issue where the listing style of the first element was different. [deiferni]

  • Fix issue when restarting intermittent numbering. [deiferni]

1.0.0a10 (2018-07-18)

  • Add console script command to compose two or more word files. [deiferni]

1.0.0a9 (2018-05-01)

  • Fix error in mapping of num_ids introduced in 1.0.0.a7. [buchi]

  • Do not fail when numbering zero is referenced. [deiferni]

1.0.0a8 (2018-04-26)

  • Only attempt to set the nsid when it is available. [deiferni]

1.0.0a7 (2018-04-20)

  • Fix handling of images in WordprocessingGroups (<wpg:wpg>). [buchi]

  • Fix handling of shapes in shape groups (<v:group>). [buchi]

  • Fix handling of numberings, avoid inserting multiple numbering properties. [buchi]

  • Fix renumbering of bookmarks. [buchi]

  • Renumber ids of drawing object properties (<wp:docPr>). [buchi]

1.0.0a6 (2018-02-20)

  • Do not restart numbering of bullets. [buchi]

1.0.0a5 (2018-01-11)

  • Renumber bookmarks to avoid duplicate ids. [buchi]

  • Add support for shapes. [buchi]

1.0.0a4 (2017-12-27)

  • Fix handling of styles when composing documents with different languages. [buchi]

  • Also add numberings referenced in styles. [buchi]

  • Avoid having multiple <w:abstractNum> elements for the same style. [buchi]

  • Restart first numbering of inserted documents [buchi]

  • Add support for anchored images. [buchi]

  • Handle referenced style ids that are not defined in styles.xml [buchi]

  • Remove header and footer references in paragraph properties. [buchi]

1.0.0a3 (2017-11-22)

  • Make removal of property fields optional. [buchi]

1.0.0a2 (2017-11-06)

  • Fix handling of footnotes containing hyperlinks. [buchi]

  • Add functionality to deal with custom document properties. Properties can be updated and fields containing properties can be removed. When appending or inserting documents their custom document properties get removed automatically. [buchi]

1.0.0a1 (2017-09-13)

  • Initial release [buchi]

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