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converts Pod to PDF format


pod2pdf converts documents written in Perl's POD (Plain Old Documentation) format to PDF files.


 pod2pdf [options] input.pod >output.pdf

If no input filename is specified, pod2pdf will read from STDIN, e.g.

 perldoc -u File::Find | pod2pdf [options] >File-Find.pdf


pod2pdf accepts the following command-line options:


Sets the output filename for the generated PDF file. By default pod2pdf will output to STDOUT.


Sets the page size to be used in the PDF file, can be set to any of the standard paper sizes (A4, A5, Letter, etc). Defaults to A4.


Controls if pages are produces in landscape or portrait format. Defaults to 'portrait'.

--page-width,  --page-height

Sets the width and height of the generated pages in points (for using non-standard paper sizes).

--left-margin,  --right-margin,  --top-margin,  --bottom-margin

Allows each of the page margins (top, bottom, left, and right) to be individually set in points.


Sets all page margins to the same size (specified in points).

--header,  --noheader

Controls if a header (containing the page title, and optional timestamp and icon) will be included on each page. Defaults to on, so use --noheader to disable.


Sets the page title (defaults to the input filename).


Boolean option - if set, includes the 'last modified' timestamp of the input file in the page header.


Filename of an icon to be displayed in the top left corner of each page.


Scaling value for the header icon (defaults to 0.25).

--footer,  --nofooter

Controls if a footer (containg the current page number and optional text string) will be included on each page. By default the footer will be included, so use  --nofooter to disable.


Sets an optional footer text string that will be included in the bottom left corner of each page.


Prints version number and exits.

Configuration files

Sets of command-line options may be saved into configuration files.

A configuration file contains options in the same format as used by pod2pdf on the command-line, with one option given on each line of the file, e.g.

 --page-size A5
 --page-orientation landscape

To use a config file, invoke pod2pdf with the option @/path/to/configfile.conf.

For example, if you wanted to always include a company logo, timestamp, and copyright  notice in your PDF files, create a file mycompany.conf containing the following:

 --icon "/path/to/your/logo.png"
 --footer-text "Copyright 2007 MyCompany Limited"

Then invoke pod2pdf as:

 pod2pdf @/path/to/mycompany.conf input.pod >output.pdf

If you create a config file called pod2pdf.conf and place this in the same  directory as the pod2pdf script, it will be loaded as the default configuration.

Pod Entensions

As well as the standard POD commands (see perlpodspec), pod2pdf supports the following extensions to the POD format:


The =ff command inserts a page bread (form feed) into the document.


The O<...> formatting code inserts an external object (file) into the document. This is primarily intended for embedding images, e.g.


to insert diagrams, etc into documentation.

pod2pdf supports the file types JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, and PNM for embedded objects.


pod2pdf requires the following modules to be installed:




Additionally to use images, the modules File::Type and Image::Size must be installed, and to specify alternative page sizes the Paper::Specs module is required.

See Also

The pod2pdf homepage: <http://perl.jonallen.info/projects/pod2pdf>

For more information about POD, read the perlpod manpage or see the POD page on the Perl 5 Wiki (<http://www.perlfoundation.org/perl5/index.cgi?pod>).


2024-01-25 perl v5.38.2 User Contributed Perl Documentation