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translate Texinfo documents


makeinfo [OPTION]... TEXINFO-FILE...

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makeinfo foo.texi

write Info to foo’s @setfilename

makeinfo --html foo.texi

write HTML to @setfilename

makeinfo --xml foo.texi

write Texinfo XML to @setfilename

makeinfo --docbook foo.texi

write DocBook XML to @setfilename

makeinfo --no-headers foo.texi

write plain text to standard output

makeinfo --html --no-headers foo.texi

write html without node lines, menus

makeinfo --number-sections foo.texi

write Info with numbered sections

makeinfo --no-split foo.texi

write one Info file however big

makeinfo --no-headers --no-validate doc/readme.texi >README
makeinfo --no-headers --no-validate doc/install.texi >INSTALL
makeinfo --no-headers --no-validate doc/install.texi >INSTALL
makeinfo --no-headers --no-validate doc/problems.texi >PROBLEMS


Translate Texinfo source documentation to various other formats, by default Info files suitable for reading online with Emacs or standalone GNU Info.

General options:

quit after NUM errors (default 100).

--document-language=STR locale to use in translating Texinfo keywords

for the output document (default C).


preserve output even if errors.


display this help and exit.


suppress node cross-reference validation.


suppress warnings (but not errors).

-v, --verbose

explain what is being done.


display version information and exit.

Output format selection (default is to produce Info):

output Docbook XML rather than Info.


output HTML rather than Info.


output Texinfo XML rather than Info.


output plain text rather than Info.

General output options:
, --macro-expand=FILE

output macro-expanded source to FILE, ignoring any @setfilename.


suppress node separators, Node: lines, and menus from Info output (thus producing plain text) or from HTML (thus producing shorter output); also, write to standard output by default.


suppress the splitting of Info or HTML output, generate only one output file.


output chapter and sectioning numbers.

-o, --output=FILE

output to FILE (or directory if split HTML).

Options for Info and plain text:

do not output accented and special characters in Info output based on @documentencoding.


override --disable-encoding (default).


break Info lines at NUM characters (default 72).


output footnotes in Info according to STYLE: ’separate’ to put them in their own node; ’end’ to put them at the end of the node, in which they are defined (this is the default).


indent Info paragraphs by VAL spaces (default 3). If VAL is ’none’, do not indent; if VAL is ’asis’, preserve existing indentation.


split Info files at size NUM (default 300000).

Options for HTML:

include FILE in HTML <style> output; read stdin if FILE is -.


generate reference to a CSS file.


produce list of internal links in FILE.


produce file names in ASCII transliteration.

Options for XML and Docbook:

indent XML elements by VAL spaces (default 2). If VAL is 0, ignorable whitespace is dropped.

Input file options:

allow @ commands in node names.


define the variable VAR, as with @set.


append DIR to the @include search path.


prepend DIR to the @include search path.


undefine the variable VAR, as with @clear.

Conditional processing in input:

process @ifdocbook and @docbook even if not generating Docbook.


process @ifhtml and @html even if not generating HTML.


process @ifinfo even if not generating Info.


process @ifplaintext even if not generating plain text.


process @iftex and @tex; implies --no-split.


process @ifxml and @xml.


do not process @ifdocbook and @docbook text.


do not process @ifhtml and @html text.


do not process @ifinfo text.


do not process @ifplaintext text.


do not process @iftex and @tex text.


do not process @ifxml and @xml text.

Also, for the --no-ifFORMAT options, do process @ifnotFORMAT text.

The defaults for the @if... conditionals depend on the output format: if generating HTML, --ifhtml is on and the others are off; if generating Info, --ifinfo is on and the others are off; if generating plain text, --ifplaintext is on and the others are off; if generating XML, --ifxml is on and the others are off.


Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Email bug reports to bug-texinfo[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org, general questions and discussion to help-texinfo[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org. Texinfo home page:

see also

The full documentation for makeinfo is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and makeinfo programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info makeinfo

should give you access to the complete manual.

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