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Docutils: Documentation Utilities

Written in Python, for General- and Special-Purpose Use

Docutils is an open-source text processing system for processing plaintext documentation into useful formats, such as HTML, LaTeX, man-pages, OpenDocument, or XML. It includes reStructuredText, the easy to read, easy to use, what-you-see-is-what-you-get plaintext markup language.


To get up & running quickly, see the Quick-Start section of the README file. The only requirement for running Docutils is Python.

All documentation can be reached from the Project Documentation Overview. If something is unclear or missing, ask at the docutils-users mailing list.

The SourceForge project page has links to the tracker, mailing lists, and code repository.

All discussion about Docutils takes place on the mailing lists.

To the developers of an open source project, feedback is a great motivator and is very welcome. We also rely on feedback for determining what features to implement. Thus, if you tell us what you need, we may help! Please post any feedback to the docutils-users mailing list.

If you find a bug, please file a bug report or mail to the docutils-users mailing list.

We welcome all kinds of contributions. There's a To Do list full of ideas awaiting a champion. If you have any questions regarding how to extend Docutils, please feel free to ask on the docutils-develop mailing list. Patch submissions should be filed in the patch tracker (preferred) or sent to docutils-develop.


Release packages can be downloaded from PyPI. See the release notes for a list of changes since the previous release.

Snapshots [1] from the Docutils' Subversion repository usually contain more features and fewer bugs than the "official" releases—they're not only for developers!

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