The simplest way to get the latest pandoc release is to use the installer.
For alternative ways to install pandoc, see below under the heading for your operating system.
There is a package installer at pandoc’s download page. This will install pandoc, replacing older versions, and update your path to include the directory where pandoc’s binaries are installed.
If you prefer not to use the msi installer, we also provide a zip file that contains pandoc’s binaries and documentation. Simply unzip this file and move the binaries to a directory of your choice.
Alternatively, you can install pandoc using Chocolatey:
choco install pandoc
Chocolatey can also install other software that integrates with Pandoc. For example, to install
rsvg-convert (from librsvg, covering formats without SVG support), Python (to use Pandoc filters), and MiKTeX (to typeset PDFs with LaTeX):
choco install rsvg-convert python miktex
By default, Pandoc creates PDFs using LaTeX. We recommend installing it via MiKTeX.
Alternatively, you can install pandoc using Homebrew:
brew install pandoc
To include pandoc’s citation parser:
brew install pandoc-citeproc
Homebrew can also install other software that integrates with Pandoc. For example, to install librsvg (its
rsvg-convert covers formats without SVG support), Python (to use Pandoc filters), and BasicTeX (to typeset PDFs with LaTeX):
brew install librsvg python homebrew/cask/basictex
Note: On unsupported versions of macOS (more than three releases old), Homebrew installs from source, which takes additional time and disk space for the
ghc compiler and dependent Haskell libraries.
We also provide a zip file containing the binaries and man pages, for those who prefer not to use the installer. Simply unzip the file and move the binaries and man pages to whatever directory you like.
By default, Pandoc creates PDFs using LaTeX. Because a full MacTeX installation uses four gigabytes of disk space, we recommend BasicTeX or TinyTeX and using the
tlmgr tool to install additional packages as needed. If you receive errors warning of fonts not found:
tlmgr install collection-fontsrecommended
To get the latest release, we provide a binary package for amd64 architecture on the download page.
This provides both
pandoc-citeproc. The executables are statically linked and have no dynamic dependencies or dependencies on external data files. Note: because of the static linking, the pandoc binary from this package cannot use lua filters that require external lua modules written in C.
Both a tarball and a deb installer are provided. To install the deb:
sudo dpkg -i $DEB
$DEB is the path to the downloaded deb. This will install the
pandoc-citeproc executables and man pages.
If you use an RPM-based distro, you may be able to install the deb from our download page using
On any distro, you may install from the tarball into
$HOME/.local) by doing
tar xvzf $TGZ --strip-components 1 -C $DEST
$TGZ is the path to the downloaded zipped tarball. For Pandoc versions before 2.0, which don’t provide a tarball, try instead
ar p $DEB data.tar.gz | tar xvz --strip-components 2 -C $DEST
You can also install from source, using the instructions below under Compiling from source. Note that most distros have the Haskell platform in their package repositories. For example, on Debian/Ubuntu, you can install it with
apt-get install haskell-platform.
For PDF output, you’ll need LaTeX. We recommend installing TeX Live via your package manager. (On Debian/Ubuntu,
apt-get install texlive.)
On Chrome OS, pandoc can be installed using the chromebrew package manager with the command:
crew install pandoc
This will automatically build and configure pandoc for the specific device you are using.
The pandoc/core image contains
The pandoc/latex image also contains the minimal LaTeX installation needed to produce PDFs using pandoc.
To run pandoc using Docker, converting
docker run --rm --volume "`pwd`:/data" --user `id -u`:`id -g` pandoc/latex README.md -o README.pdf
Compiling from source
If for some reason a binary package is not available for your platform, or if you want to hack on pandoc or use a non-released version, you can install from source.
Getting the pandoc source code
Source tarballs can be found at https://hackage.haskell.org/package/pandoc. For example, to fetch the source for version 126.96.36.199:
wget https://hackage.haskell.org/package/pandoc-188.8.131.52/pandoc-184.108.40.206.tar.gz tar xvzf pandoc-220.127.116.11.tar.gz cd pandoc-18.104.22.168
Or you can fetch the development code by cloning the repository:
git clone https://github.com/jgm/pandoc cd pandoc
Note: there may be times when the development code is broken or depends on other libraries which must be installed separately. Unless you really know what you’re doing, install the last released version.
Quick stack method
The easiest way to build pandoc from source is to use stack:
Install stack. Note that Pandoc requires stack >= 1.7.0.
Change to the pandoc source directory and issue the following commands:
stack setup stack install
stack setupwill automatically download the ghc compiler if you don’t have it.
stack installwill install the
~/.local/bin, which you should add to your
PATH. This process will take a while, and will consume a considerable amount of disk space.
Quick cabal method
Update your package database:
Check your cabal version with
If you have a version less than 2.0, install the latest with:
cabal install cabal-install
cabalto install pandoc and its dependencies:
cabal install pandoc
This procedure will install the released version of pandoc, which will be downloaded automatically from HackageDB.
If you want to install a modified or development version of pandoc instead, switch to the source directory and do as above, but without the ‘pandoc’:
Make sure the
$CABALDIR/bindirectory is in your path. You should now be able to run
If you want to process citations with pandoc, you will also need to install a separate package,
pandoc-citeproc. This can be installed using cabal:
cabal install pandoc-citeproc
pandoc-citeprocuses the “i;unicode-casemap” method to sort bibliography entries (RFC 5051). If you would like to use the locale-sensitive unicode collation algorithm instead, specify the
cabal install pandoc-citeproc -funicode_collation
Note that this requires the
text-iculibrary, which in turn depends on the C library
icu4c. Installation directions vary by platform. Here is how it might work on macOS with Homebrew:
brew install icu4c stack install pandoc-citeproc \ --flag "pandoc-citeproc:unicode_collation" \ --extra-lib-dirs=/usr/local/opt/icu4c/lib \ --extra-include-dirs=/usr/local/opt/icu4c/include
pandoc.1man page will be installed automatically. cabal shows you where it is installed: you may need to set your
MANUAL.txthas been modified, the man page can be rebuilt:
pandoc-citeproc.1man page will also be installed automatically.
Custom cabal method
This is a step-by-step procedure that offers maximal control over the build and installation. Most users should use the quick install, but this information may be of use to packagers. For more details, see the Cabal User’s Guide. These instructions assume that the pandoc source directory is your working directory. You will need cabal version 2.0 or higher.
Install dependencies: in addition to the Haskell platform, you will need a number of additional libraries. You can install them all with
cabal update cabal install --only-dependencies
cabal configure --prefix=DIR --bindir=DIR --libdir=DIR \ --datadir=DIR --libsubdir=DIR --datasubdir=DIR --docdir=DIR \ --htmldir=DIR --program-prefix=PREFIX --program-suffix=SUFFIX \ --mandir=DIR --flags=FLAGSPEC --enable-tests
All of the options have sensible defaults that can be overridden as needed.
FLAGSPECis a list of Cabal configuration flags, optionally preceded by a
-(to force the flag to
false), and separated by spaces. Pandoc’s flags include:
embed_data_files: embed all data files into the binary (default no). This is helpful if you want to create a relocatable binary.
https: enable support for downloading resources over https (using the
cabal build cabal test
Build API documentation:
cabal haddock --html-location=URL --hyperlink-source
Copy the files:
cabal copy --destdir=PATH
The default destdir is
Register pandoc as a GHC package:
Package managers may want to use the
--gen-scriptoption to generate a script that can be run to register the package at install time.
Creating a relocatable binary
It is possible to compile pandoc such that the data files pandoc uses are embedded in the binary. The resulting binary can be run from any directory and is completely self-contained. With cabal, add
-fembed_data_files to the
cabal configure or
cabal install commands.
With stack, use
Pandoc comes with an automated test suite. To run with cabal,
cabal test; to run with stack,
To run particular tests (pattern-matching on their names), use the
cabal install pandoc --enable-tests cabal test --test-options='-p markdown'
Or with stack:
stack test --test-arguments='-p markdown'
It is often helpful to add
-j4 (run tests in parallel) and
--hide-successes (don’t clutter output with successes) to the test arguments as well.
If you add a new feature to pandoc, please add tests as well, following the pattern of the existing tests. The test suite code is in
test/test-pandoc.hs. If you are adding a new reader or writer, it is probably easiest to add some data files to the
test directory, and modify
test/Tests/Old.hs. Otherwise, it is better to modify the module under the
test/Tests hierarchy corresponding to the pandoc module you are changing.
To build and run the benchmarks:
cabal configure --enable-benchmarks && cabal build cabal bench
or with stack:
To use a smaller sample size so the benchmarks run faster:
cabal bench --benchmark-options='-s 20'
To run just the markdown benchmarks:
cabal bench --benchmark-options='markdown'