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Sublime Text plugin that uses Pandoc to convert text in nearly every possible format into each other and with Spandoc you can use it inside Sublime Text!



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Spandoc — Pandoc inside Sublime

Unfortunately, I moved to Atom as my primary text editor. So treat this plugin as abandoned. But feel free to fork it.

A Sublime Text plugin that uses the infamous open-source parser Pandoc to convert text in nearly every possible format into each other. With Pandoc you can use the most evolved Markdown implementation: Pandoc's Markdown and with Spandoc you can use it inside Sublime Text!

Spandoc is composed of Brian Fisher's plugin „pandoc“ and of Daniel P. Shannon's plugin Pandown. Spandoc came into existance to combine the strengths of these two plugins. Starting from the light code base by „pandoc“ and its command palette functionality, taking the “project” configuration system by Pandown and adding entirely new features. The code base is heavily cleared and refactored. This plugin is in development and of course Spandoc is used by myself.


MIT License, see LICENSE.md


  • Install Pandoc
  • Install Spandoc by either:
    • Package Control: Run the command: Package Control: Install Package and find Spandoc.
    • or Github: clone or download the Spandoc repository into your Sublime (loose) packages directory (use the menu Preferences->Browse Packages… to find this folder)


There are three commands: Spandoc Palette and Spandoc: Config and the internal spandoc_run command.

Spandoc: Palette

Bring up the Sublime Command Palette (default shortcut: ctrl+shift+p) and execute the Spandoc: Palette command. In dependence of the scope under the cursor, a list of defined transformations from a settings file will be persented. After choosing one label from from the transformation list, the transformation label will be passed to the internal spandoc_run command and the Pandoc conversion will begin. The list can be configured, see the Configuring section.

Spandoc: Config

This command creates a current folder settings file (called spandoc.json), by copying it either from the user settings file or from the default settings file. After creating, it will open immediately. When there is already a spandoc.json file, it does not overwrite it, only opens it.


The spandoc_run is the core of Spandoc: it gets the settings, forms the pandoc command, passes the pandoc command to Pandoc, catches/shows the results and failures and either write it to a file or displays it in Sublimes buffer (buffer not yet implemented).

Settings structure

Listed in the order of loading.

  • Default settings file spandoc.sublime-settings, located inside the package directory of Sublime inside the Spandoc folder
  • User settings file spandoc.sublime-settings, located inside the user directory of Sublime.
  • Folder settings file spandoc.json, located inside the current folder (optional)
  • User build system file Spandoc.sublime-build, located inside the user directory of Sublime (optional)

Settings at the bottom of this list take precedence over the entries above. Folder settings overwrite User settings overwrite default settings.


It is advised not to alter the default settings file, because on every new update it gets overwritten. Copy the default settings file to the user settings file. Both can be found via the application menu: Preferences -> Package Settings -> Spandoc.

There are 2 possible top level setting keys, user and default. If you use default in your user settings file, the default settings will be overwritten, but if you use user your settings will be merged into the default settings. (This functionality will be removed)

In the settings, you need to configure the path to the Pandoc executable. This can be done with the pandoc-path parameter. See the default settings file for default locations.

Spandoc needs to know the command options for Pandoc. At least an input and an output format.

  • The input format is automatically taken from the scope under the cursor of the current document.
  • The output format must be configured in a settings file by defining the transformations array. With the transformations array, you can define several different transformations. Every transformation needs at least:

  • transformation label/name

  • pandoc-arguments array with…

    • the --to argument

The transformation label is only a Name for the transformation. This name is for example displayed in the command palette and will be always used to choose the transformation. The --to argument, plus any additional argument inside the pandoc-arguments array, must follow Pandocs naming rules.

For the pandoc commands the short version as well as the long version can be used. For example, the short version: "-o name_of_file" or the long version: "--output=name_of_file". Although the long version is preferred in this Sublime Plugin.

Like native Pandoc the conversion result goes to stdout by default. In Spandoc and Sublime this means that it is written to the buffer (Buffer not yet implemented, it always writes to a file).

The extension is taken from the corresponding output format, specified with the --to option. Howewer, the file extension can be specified with the output_extension parameter outside the pandoc-arguments array. This is especially useful, where the --to option does not correspond with the extension. Two examples:

  1. For PDF you must specify: --to=latex and output_extension=pdf
  2. For reveal.js: --to=revealjs and output_extension=html

For outputting to a file, use the --output option, otherwise it will be written to buffer (buffer not yet implemented, it will always write a file, --output is always automatically set). When outputting to a file, the file will be written to the same folder as the input file, unless otherwise specified with the optional set_path option (set_path not yet implemented!). The output file will have the same name as the input file, unless otherwise specified with the --output option.

Look in the Pandoc User's Guide. Every other possible Pandoc option can be used inside pandoc-arguments.

Please pay attention on the format of the spandoc.sublime-settings file. It should be valid json. And when the commands contain spaces, the best method is to encapsulate them in escaped quotation marks, like this:

Spandoc build system

Uses Sublime's automatic build system (Tools -> Build System -> Automatic) to execute the internal spandoc_run command.

There is no default build configuration, because of three reasons:

  1. Not every person is using this functionality
  2. Together with a user build configuration it will pollute the sublime palette (like Pandown is doing it)
  3. The build system can be easily configured

For configuring the build system with Spandoc, the easiest solution is to copy the following template into the user build settings, located in the menu at Preferences -> Package Settings -> Spandoc -> Build user settings:


  "selector": "text.html.markdown",
  "target": "spandoc_run",
  "transformation": "HTML",

      { "name": "PDF", "transformation": "PDF" },
      { "name": "HTML", "transformation": "HTML (No Template)" },


After configuring the transformation argument in the build system file, the automatic build system of Sublime (ctrl+b) will pass the transformation label from the build system file straight to the internal Spandoc_run command and the Pandoc conversion will begin.


No default keyboard shortcuts are predetermined, but you can easily configure them by using the internal command names:

  "keys": ["ctrl+e"],
  "command": "spandoc_palette"

You can even execute the internal command: spandoc_run with a keybinding, passing the transformation parameter directly:

  "keys": ["ctrl+e"],
  "command": "spandoc_run",
  "args": {"transformation": "HTML"}


Contributing notes will follow. Code of Conduct will follow. No Sublime 2 support