Document conversion from the command line

Command Line – Pandoc

© Lead Image © Dmitry Rukhlenko,

© Lead Image © Dmitry Rukhlenko,

Article from Issue 248/2021

Pandoc lets you convert files from one markup format to another at the command line.

A strength of free software is that applications usually have everything users need for a specific purpose, a tendency that is especially strong in apps for KDE and the command line. Pandoc [1], a universal document converter, exemplifies this strength.

First released in 2006 by John MacFarlane, a philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Pandoc is a Haskell library for converting between text formats, especially those using a markup format (Table 1). In effect, it is an all-in-one replacement for the dozens of scripts that exist in many distributions for the same purpose.


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