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Lea Wiemann, the Docutils team


This document contains links users of Docutils and reStructuredText may find useful. Many of the projects listed here are hosted in the Docutils Sandbox. If you have something to publish, you can get write access, too!

The most current version of this link list can always be found at


Advanced text editors with reStructuredText support, IDEs, and docutils GUIs:


Projects providing additional export routes.


  • rst2pdf (reportlab) is a tool to go directly from reStructuredText to PDF, via ReportLab. No LaTeX installation is required.

  • rst2pdf (pdflatex) by Martin Blais is a minimal front end producing LaTeX, compiling the LaTeX file, getting the produced output to the destination location and finally deleting all the messy temporary files that this process generates.

  • rst2pdf (rubber) is a front end for the generation of PDF documents from a reStructuredText source via LaTeX in one step cleaning up intermediate files. It uses the rubber Python wrapper for LaTeX and friends.

  • rlpdf is another PDF Writer based on ReportLabs.

  • RinohType is a pure Python PDF Writer based on a document template and a style sheet (beta).

website generators and HTML variants

  • The Sphinx Python Documentation Generator by Georg Brandl was originally created to translate the Python documentation. In the meantime, there is a wide range of Projects using Sphinx

    It can generate complete web sites (interlinked and indexed HTML pages), ePub, LaTeX, and others from a set of rST source files.

  • The Nikola static site generator, uses reStructuredText by default.

  • Pelican is a static site generator (mainly for blogs). Articles/pages can be written in reStructuredText or Markdown format.

  • tinkerer is a static bloggin framework based on Sphinx.

  • htmlnav by Gunnar Schwant, is an HTML writer which supports navigation bars.

  • rest2web, by Michael Foord, is a tool for creating web sites with reStructuredText. Development stalled, there is a fork at

  • html4trans produces XHTML conforming to the version 1.0 Transitional DTD that contains enough formatting information to be viewed by a lightweight HTML browser without CSS support.

  • A simple HTML writer by Bill Bumgarner that doesn't rely on CSS stylesheets.


  • rst2epub2 by Matt Harrison includes the epublib (originally by Tim Tambin) and a executable for the conversion.

  • Sphinx provides ePub as output option, too.


  • Pandoc is a document converter that can write Markdown, reStructuredText, HTML, LaTeX, RTF, DocBook XML, and S5.

  • restxsl by Michael Alyn Miller, lets you transform reStructuredText documents into XML/XHTML files using XSLT stylesheets.

  • An XSLT script by Ladislav Lhotka enables reStructuredText annotations to be included in RELAG NG XML schemas.

  • DocBook Writer by Oliver Rutherfurd.

  • Nabu, written by Martin Blais, is a publishing system which extracts information from reStructuredText documents and stores it in a database. Python knowledge is required to write extractor functions and to retrieve the data from the database again.

  • The pickle writer by Martin Blais pickles the document tree to a binary string. Later unpickling will allow you to publish with other Writers.

  • The Texinfo Writer, by Jon Waltman converts reStructuredText to Texinfo, the documentation format used by the GNU project and the Emacs text editor. Texinfo can be used to produce multiple output formats, including HTML, PDF, and Info.

  • For confluence CMS see

  • Deploying into wikis might be aided by deploy-rst.


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