|The current version of AsciiDoc requires Python 2.4 or newer to run. If you don’t already have an up-to-date version of Python installed it can be downloaded from the official Python website http://www.python.org/.|
See the README page.
Installing from the Mercurial repository
The AsciiDoc Mercurial repository is hosted by Google Code. To browse the repository go to http://code.google.com/p/asciidoc/source/browse/. You can install AsciiDoc from the repository if you don’t have an up to date packaged version or want to get the latest version from the trunk:
Make sure you have Mercurial installed, you can check with:
$ hg --version
Go to the directory you want to install AsciiDoc into and download the repository. This example gets the 8.6.8 tagged release:
$ cd ~/bin $ hg clone -r 8.6.8 https://asciidoc.googlecode.com/hg/ asciidoc-8.6.8
You now have two choices: you can run asciidoc locally from your repository or you can use autoconf(1) and make(1) to perform a system-wide install.
Running asciidoc from your local copy
Create a symlink to the AsciiDoc script in a search
so it’s easy to execute
asciidoc from the command-line, for example:
$ ln -s ~/bin/asciidoc-8.6.8/asciidoc.py ~/bin/asciidoc $ ln -s ~/bin/asciidoc-8.6.8/a2x.py ~/bin/a2x
Use the Mercurial
pull command to update your local AsciiDoc repository.
Installing asciidoc for all users
configure using autoconf(1); use
configure to create the
Makefile; run make(1); build the man pages; install:
$ autoconf $ ./configure $ make $ sudo make install
$ sudo make uninstall
Distribution tarball installation
The distribution source tarballs can be downloaded from the SourceForge http://sourceforge.net/projects/asciidoc/.
|Unless you are installing on Microsoft Windows you should use the tarball and not the zip file to install the the distribution (the tarball contains symlinks).|
If your flavor or UNIX or Linux does not have a packaged AsciiDoc
distribution or if you prefer to install the latest AsciiDoc version
from source use the
configure shell script in the tarball root
configure script creates a make file
that is tailored for your system. To install:
$ tar -xzf asciidoc-8.6.8.tar.gz $ cd asciidoc-8.6.8 $ ./configure $ sudo make install
To install the documentation:
$ sudo make docs
To uninstall AsciiDoc:
$ sudo make uninstall
If Vim is installed on your system the AsciiDoc Vim syntax highlighter
and filetype detection scripts will be install in the global Vim
configuration file directory (
asciidoc.vim in the
asciidoc_filetype.vim in the
Microsoft Windows installation
AsciiDoc is developed and tested on Linux but there seem to be quite a few people using it on Windows. To install AsciiDoc on Windows unzip the distribution Zip file contents:
$ unzip asciidoc-8.6.8.zip
This will create the folder
asciidoc-8.6.8 containing the
a2x.py executables along with configuration files
To generate DocBook based outputs (e.g. PDFs) you will also need a working DocBook toolchain. Installing and configuring a DocBook toolchain on Windows can be a challenge — this blog post explains How to Create Handsome PDF Documents Without Frustration using Cygwin, dblatex and AsciiDoc.
Testing your installation
Test out asciidoc by changing to the AsciiDoc application directory
and convert the User Guide document (
./doc/asciidoc.txt) to XHTML
$ python asciidoc.py doc/asciidoc.txt
testasciidoc offers a more extensive set of conformance tests, though you do need to create the test data before running the tests (this in itself is a good post-install test):
$ python ./tests/testasciidoc.py update
Now you can run the tests by executing this command:
$ python ./tests/testasciidoc.py run
A full battery of tests can be run from the
main.aap script in the
distribution root directory:
$ aap test
Building the distribution
The AsciiDoc distribution is built using A-A-P (a software build system written by Bram Moolenaar). The AsciiDoc A-A-P scripts are:
Builds the distribution tarball and zip files, documentation and example website.
Builds distribution documentation.
Builds AsciiDoc website.
Included in all scripts.
To build the distribution tarball and zip files, documentation and example website run A-A-P from the distribution root directory:
Prepackaged AsciiDoc installation
The following platform specific AsciiDoc packages are available:
- Debian GNU/Linux
- Gentoo Linux
- Fedora Linux
With help from Terje Røsten, Chris Wright added asciidoc to Fedora Extras which is available in the default installation. To install asciidoc execute the following command:
$ yum install asciidoc
- Slackware Linux
John Calixto has created a Slackware package for AsciiDoc which can be downloaded from http://linuxpackages.net/.
- Ark Linux
Bernhard Rosenkraenzer added AsciiDoc to Ark Linux — the package is available from the Ark Linux repository at http://arklinux.osuosl.org/dockyard-devel/, so Ark Linux users should just run
apt-get install asciidoc.
- T2 Linux
Christian Wiese added AsciiDoc to the T2 Linux repository at http://svn.exactcode.de/t2/trunk/package/textproc/asciidoc/. To build and install the package on a T2 system, run
./scripts/Emerge-Pkg asciidocfrom within your T2 source directory (default:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and CentOS packages
Dag Wieers has built AsciiDoc RPMs for a number of Red Hat based distributions, they can be downloaded from http://dag.wieers.com/rpm/packages/asciidoc/.
- CSW Package for Sun Solaris
Ben Walton has created a CSW package for AsciiDoc, you can find it here: http://opencsw.org/packages/asciidoc.
See also Packager Notes in the AsciiDoc User Guide.