A pandoc template preprocessor.

pandoc, template, preprocessor
pip install pandoc-tpp==0.1


pandoc-tpp 0.1

pandoc-tpp is a pandoc template preprocessor.

Pandoc templates lack an $include(path)$ statement. This script provides one.

A demonstration can be found in the demo/ directory. Run make to generate out/demo.html from using the nested templates in templates/.

I am pleased to receive bug reports and feature requests on the project's Issues tracker.


The $include(path)$ statement inserts the contents at path into a pandoc template. The contents of path are scanned for additional $include(...)$ statements.


Suppose we have a template templates/default.html that includes other templates.

Standard application of pandoc-tpp to the template results in output to stdout; e.g.,

pandoc-tpp templates/default.html

The output can be redirected to a file.

Alternatively, we can make the preprocessed template available directly to pandoc (via a tempfile) as follows:

pandoc -o demo.html --template $(pandoc-tpp -t templates/default.html5)

In a Makefile, use this instead:

pandoc -o demo.html --template $(shell pandoc-tpp -t templates/default.html5)


Pandoc-tpp requires python, a programming language that comes pre-installed on linux and Mac OS X, and which is easily installed on Windows. Either python 2.7 or 3.x will do.

Standard installation

Install pandoc-tpp as root using the shell command

pip install pandoc-tpp

To upgrade to the most recent release, use

pip install --upgrade pandoc-tpp

Pip is a program that downloads and installs modules from the Python Package Index, PyPI. It should come installed with your python distribution.

Installing on linux

If you are running linux, pip may be packaged separately from python. On Debian-based systems (including Ubuntu), you can install pip as root using

apt-get update
apt-get install python-pip

During the install you may be asked to run

easy_install -U setuptools

owing to the ancient version of setuptools that Debian provides. The command should be executed as root. You may now follow the standard installation procedure given above.

Installing on Windows

It is easy to install python on Windows. First, download the latest release. Run the installer and complete the following steps:

  1. Install Python pane: Check "Add Python 3.5 to path" then click "Customize installation".

  2. Optional Features pane: Click "Next".

  3. Advanced Options pane: Optionally check "Install for all users" and customize the install location, then click "Install".

Once python is installed, start the "Command Prompt" program. Depending on where you installed python, you may need to elevate your privileges by right-clicking the "Command Prompt" program and selecting "Run as administrator". You may now follow the standard installation procedure given above. Be sure to close the Command Prompt program when you have finished.