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Text based document generation


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.

AsciiDoc 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.


AsciiDoc is written in Python so you need a Python interpreter (version 3.5 or later) to execute asciidoc(1). Python is installed by default in most Linux distributions. You can download Python from the official Python website https://www.python.org/.

Obtaining AsciiDoc

AsciiDoc’s Python 3 port is currently under development. To obtain AsciiDoc, download a copy of the repo from the GitHub project at https://github.com/asciidoc/asciidoc-py3 and follow the instructions in INSTALL.txt to build and install it.


Current AsciiDoc version tested on Ubuntu 18.04 with:

  • Python 3.6.5

  • DocBook XSL Stylesheets 1.76.1

  • xsltproc (libxml 20706, libxslt 10126 and libexslt 815).

  • w3m 0.5.2

  • dblatex 0.3

  • FOP 0.95

  • A-A-P 1.091


Copyright © 2002-2013 Stuart Rackham.

Copyright © 2013-2020 AsciiDoc Contributors.

Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2).

AsciiDoc is a trademark of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc.