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All transformations of your content is done via filters. You an either set them implicit in conf.yaml and/or overriding them in your individual blog entries. A filter can convert a Markdown-written text into HTML, render MathML from AsciiMathML, apply typographical enhancements or simply increase HTML-headers by one or two.

To apply filters implicit, you set FILTERS to a list (or a single string) of filters. Next to global filters we have implicit per-view filters that inherit from global FILTERS. Implicit means parent applied if you don't override them with conflicting filters or explicitly disable them by adding "no" to the filter name.

Acrylamid defines a filter as a simple object containing one or more identifiers [1] and also has a list of filters that would conflict with this filter. For example you write your text using :abbr:`reST (reStructuredText)` but sometimes you prefer Markdown's less-verbose syntax. Then you can set a (per-view or global) filter to render all text with reST but set in chosen articles "filter: Markdown" and the Markdown-filter will automatically remove conflicting ones.

The order of choosing filters is entry -- view -- global, but that's not the actual evaluation order when we apply these filters [2].

Some filters may take additional arguments to activate builtin filters like Markdown's code-hilighting. Not every filter supports additional arguments, please refer to the next section for details.


A normal usage of explicit filters in an article:

title: We write reStructuredText
filters: [reST, hyphenate]

With reStructuredText I can write :math:`x^2`, that's pretty cool, eh?

Filters with arguments:

filters: [markdown+mathml, summarize+100]
filters: [markdown+mathml+codehilite(css_class=highlight), ...]

Disabling a filter:

filters: nosummary

The next section gives you complete details of all properties, dependencies and extensions by Acrylamid. So continue reading!

[1]an identifier is the name you use to enable this specific filter, most filters have multiple aliases for the same filter, like "reStructuredText" which you can also enable with "rst" or "reST".
[2]the evaluation order depends on the internal priority value of each filter so we don't confuse our users or produce unexpected behavior.

Built-in Filters

Acrylamid ships with good maintained filters but you are not restricted only to them. Simply create a directory like filters/ and add FILTERS_DIR += ['filters/'] to your and use your own filters. See :ref:`custom-filters`.

A quick note to the following tables:

  • Requires indicates what you have to install to use this filter
  • Alias is a list of alternate identifiers to this filter
  • Conflicts shows what filters don't work together (does not conflict if empty)
  • Arguments what arguments you can apply to this filter


Lets write you using Markdown which simplifies HTML generation and is a lot easier to write. The Markdown filter uses the official implementation by John Gruber and all it's available extensions. Note that pygments is required for codehilite.

Here's an online service converting Markdown to HTML and providing a handy cheat sheet: Dingus.

Acrylamid features few AsciiMathML extension:

  • inline math via AsciiMathML. The aliases are: asciimathml, mathml and math and require the python-asciimathml package. Note put your formula into single dollar signs like $a+b^2$!
  • super und subscript via sup or superscript as well as sub or subscript. The syntax for subscript is H~2~O and for superscript a^2^.
  • deletion and insertion syntax via delins. The syntax is ~~old~~ and ++new.
Requires markdown or (python-markdown) -- already as a dependency implicitly installed
Aliases md, mkdown, markdown
Conflicts HTML, reStructuredText, Pandoc
Arguments asciimathml, sub, sup, delins, <built-in extensions>


reStructuredText lets you write (like the name says) in reStructuredText syntax instead of HTML and is more powerful and reliable than Markdown but also slower and slightly more difficult to use. See their quickref for syntax details.

Using a decent version of docutils ( \geq 0.8 ) let you also write inline math with a subset of LaTeX math syntax, so there is no need of an additional extension like in Markdown. In addition to all standard builtin directives, acrylamid offers three additional one:

  • Pygments syntax highlighting via code-block, sourcecode or pygments. Here's an example (linenos enables line numbering):

    .. code-block:: python
      #!/usr/bin/env python
      print "Hello World!
  • JavaScript-enabled syntax highlighting via code and additional scripts:

    .. source:: python
       #!/usr/bin/env python
       print "Hello, World!"
    .. raw:: html
        <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
        <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
        <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href=""/>
        <script type="text/javascript">SyntaxHighlighter.defaults.toolbar=false; SyntaxHighlighter.all();</script>
  • YouTube directive for easy embedding (:options: are optional).

    .. youtube:: ZPJlyRv_IGI
       :start: 34
       :align: center
       :height: 1280
       :width: 720
Requires docutils (or python-docutils), optional pygments for syntax highlighting
Aliases rst, rest, reST, restructuredtext
Conflicts HTML, Markdown, Pandoc


A textile filter if like the textile markup language. Note, that the python implementation of Textile has been not actively maintained for more than a year. Textile is the only text processor so far that adds some typographical enhancements automatically (but not every applied via :ref:`typography`).

Requires textile
Aliases Textile, textile, pytextile, PyTextile
Conflicts HTML, Markdown, Pandoc, reStructuredText


This is filter is a universal converter for various markup language such as Markdown, reStructuredText, Textile and LaTeX (including special extensions by pandoc) to HTML. A typical call would look like filters: [pandoc+Markdown+mathml+...]. You can find a complete list of pandocs improved (and bugfixed) Markdown implementation in the Pandoc User's Guide.

Requires Pandoc – a universal document converter in PATH
Aliases Pandoc, pandoc
Conflicts reStructuredText, HTML, Markdown
Arguments First argument is the FORMAT like Markdown, textile and so on. All arguments after that are applied as additional long-opts to pandoc.


Discount -- a C implementation of John Gruber's Markdown including definition lists, pseudo protocols and Smartypants (makes typography obsolete).

Requires discount
Aliases Discount, discount
Conflicts reStructuredText, Markdown, Pandoc, PyTextile, Typography


No transformation applied. Useful if your text is already written in HTML.

Requires <built-in>
Aliases pass, plain, html, xhtml, HTML
Conflicts reStructuredText, Markdown, Pandoc

h, head_offset

This filter increases HTML headings tag by N whereas N is the suffix of this filter, e.g. h2 increases headers by two.

Requires <built-in>
Aliases h1, h2, h3, h4, h5


Summarizes content to make listings of text previews (used in tag/page by default). You can customize the ellipsis, CSS-class, link-text and the behaviour how the link appears in your :doc:``. You can override single or all configurations made in :doc:`` with summarize.maxwords: 10 and so on in the entry header.

Requires <built-in>
Aliases sum
Arguments Maximum words in summarize (an Integer), defaults to summarize+200.


Hyphenates words greater than 10 characters using Frank Liang's algorithm. Hyphenation pattern depends on the current language of an article (defaulting to system's locale). Only en, de and fr dictionaries are provided by Acrylamid. Example usage:

filters: [Markdown, hyphenate, ]
lang: en

If you need an additional language, download both, hyph-*.chr.txt and hyph-*.pat.txt, to `sys.prefix`/lib/python/site-packages/acrylamid/filters/hyph/.

Requires language patterns (ships with de, en and fr patterns)
Aliases hyphenate, hyph
Arguments Minimum length before this filter hyphenates the word (smallest possible value is four), defaults to hyphenate+10.


Enables typographical transformation to your written content. This includes no widows, typographical quotes and special css-classes for words written in CAPS and & (ampersand) to render an italic styled ampersand. See the original project for more information.

By default amp, widont, smartypants, caps are applied. all, typo and typogrify applyies widont, smartypants, caps, amp, initial_quotes. All filters are applied in the order as they are written down.

TYPOGRAPHY_MODE = "2"  # in your conf.oy

Smarty Pants has modes that let you customize the modification. See their options for reference. Acrylamid adds a custom mode "a" that behaves like "2" but does not educate dashes like --bare or bare--.

Requires smartypants
Aliases typography, typo, smartypants
Arguments all, typo, typogrify, amp, widont, smartypants, caps, initial_quotes, number_suffix. Defaults to typography+amp+widont+smartypants+caps.


This filter is a direct port of Pyblosxom's acrynoms plugin, that marks acronyms and abbreviations in your text based on either a built-in acronyms list or a user-specified. To use a custom list just add the FILE to your like this:

ACRONYMS_FILE = '/path/to/my/acronyms.txt'

The built-in list of acronyms differs from Pyblosxom's (see filters/ on GitHub). See the original description of how to make an acronyms file!

Requires <built-in>
Aliases Acronym(s), abbr (both case insensitive)
Arguments zero to N keys to use from acronyms file, no arguments by default (= all acronyms are used)


In addition to HTML+jinja2 templating you can also use Jinja2 in your postings, which may be useful when implementing a image gallery or other repeative tasks.

Within jinja you have a custom system-filter which allows you to call something like ls directly in your content (use it with care, when you rebuilt this content, the output might differ).

title: "Jinja2's system filter"
filters: jinja2

Take a look at my code:

.. code-block:: python

    {{ "cat ~/work/project/" | system | indent(4) }}

Environment variables are the same as in :doc:`templating`.

Requires <built-in>
Aliases Jinja2, jinja2

Custom Filters

To write your own filter, take a look at the code of already existing filters shipped with acrylamid and also visit :doc:`extending`.

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