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A Pandoc filter to generate figures from code blocks in documents


pandoc-plot turns code blocks present in your documents (Markdown, LaTeX, etc.) into embedded figures, using your plotting toolkit of choice, including Matplotlib, ggplot2, MATLAB, Mathematica, and more.


This program is a Pandoc filter. It can therefore be used in the middle of conversion from input format to output format, replacing code blocks with figures.

The filter recognizes code blocks with classes that match plotting toolkits. For example, using the matplotlib toolkit:

# My document

This is a paragraph.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.plot([0,1,2,3,4], [1,2,3,4,5])
plt.title('This is an example figure')

Putting the above in, we can then generate the plot and embed it in an HTML page:

pandoc --filter pandoc-plot --output output.html

The resulting output.html looks like this:

<h1 id="my-document">My document</h1>

<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

<img src="plots\9671478262050082276.png" />

Supported toolkits

pandoc-plot currently supports the following plotting toolkits (installed separately):

  • matplotlib: plots using the matplotlib Python library;
  • plotly_python : plots using the plotly Python library;
  • plotly_r: plots using the plotly R library
  • matlabplot: plots using MATLAB;
  • mathplot : plots using Mathematica;
  • octaveplot: plots using GNU Octave;
  • ggplot2: plots using ggplot2;
  • gnuplot: plots using gnuplot;
  • graphviz: graphs using Graphviz;
  • bokeh: plots using the Bokeh visualization library;
  • plotsjl: plots using the Julia Plots.jl package;
  • plantuml: diagrams using the PlantUML software suite;
  • sageplot: plots using the Sage software system.

To know which toolkits are useable on your machine (and which ones are not available), you can check with the toolkits command:

pandoc-plot toolkits

Wish your plotting toolkit of choice was available? Please raise an issue!


You can find more information in the documentation, available either in the source repository file, on the webpage, or via the command pandoc-plot --manual.


Binaries and Installers

Latest release

Windows, Linux, and Mac OS binaries are available on the GitHub release page. There are also Windows installers.


Conda Version

Like pandoc, pandoc-plot is available as a package installable with conda. Click here to see the package page.

To install in the current environment:

conda install -c conda-forge pandoc-plot


homebrew version

pandoc-plot is available as a package via Homebrew. Click here to see the package page.

To install:

brew install pandoc-plot


You can install pandoc-plot from the Windows Package Manager winget (just like pandoc). To install:

winget install pandoc-plot

Arch Linux

AUR version

You can install pandoc-plot from the archlinux user repository as pandoc-plot-bin. You can install using e.g. yay:

yay -S pandoc-plot-bin

From Hackage/Stackage

Hackage version

pandoc-plot is available on Hackage and Stackage. Using the cabal-install tool:

cabal update
cabal install

From source

Building from source can be done using cabal:

git clone
cd pandoc-plot
cabal install # Alternatively, `stack install`