Utility for converting markup files to pdf files
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gimli – utility for converting markup to pdf


Gimli is a utility for converting markup to pdf files. Useful for reports and such things.
It’s a developed version of textile2pdf to support multiple markup styles and to get syntax highlighting.

It’s inspired by the markup convertion in gollum. The markup code is adapted from gollum.
It works by converting the markup to pdf using wkhtmltopdf
The markup is converted to html using github/markup


Markup files may be written in any format supported by GitHub-Markup (except roff).


Images can be included by absolute url on your hard drive or a absolute url on the Internet. You can also refer to an image relative from the markup file. Example in textile.



The best way to install Gimli is with RubyGems:

$ [sudo] gem install gimli

You can install from source:

$ cd gimli/
$ bundle
$ rake install


The standard way to run gimli is to go to a folder with markup files and running

$ gimli

To apply some style to the pdf or override the standard style add a css file in the directory named gimli.css or use the -s flag to point out another css file.

Standard behavior is for gimli to output the files in the current directory. To override this use the -o flag to point out another output directory. Gimli tries to create it if it doesn’t exist.

Gimli also plays nice with Jekyll style markup files. You can pass gimli the -y flag to have it remove Jekyll’s YAML front matter from the top of your markup files. Allowing you to use gimli & Jekyll together on your Blog/Resume/Catalogue to create nicely formatted versions for online and offline viewing.

To pass parameters directly to wkhtmltopdf, use the -w flag. eg.

$ gimli -f test.md -w '--toc --footer-right "[page]/[toPage]"'

This gives a pdf with a table of contents and page numbers in the footer.

See the man page for wkhtmltopdf for all possible parameters.

Run gimli -h for a full list of options available

Syntax highlighting

In page files you can get automatic syntax highlighting for a wide range of languages by using the following syntax:

  def foo
    puts 'bar'

The block must start with three backticks (as the first characters on the line). After that comes the name of the language that is contained by the block. The language must be one of the short name lexer strings supported by coderay. See the list of lexers for valid options.

If the block contents are indented two spaces or one tab, then that whitespace will be ignored (this makes the blocks easier to read in plaintext).

The block must end with three backticks as the first characters on a line.

The syntax highlightning is powered by coderay and is using a github theme.