Convert Documents

This section shows you how you can use AsciidoctorJ to render AsciiDoc documents to HTML from within your own code. An introductory Getting started example shows the first steps necessary to convert your documents.

Getting started

The very first step to integrate AsciidoctorJ is to add the required dependencies to your project. Depending on your build system you have to add a dependency on the artifact asciidoctorj with the group id org.asciidoctor to your build file. The following snippets show what you have to add in case you use Maven, Gradle, Ivy or SBT.

Declaring the dependency in a Maven build file (i.e., pom.xml)
    <version>2.4.3</version> (1)
Declaring the dependency in a Gradle build file (e.g., build.gradle)
dependencies {
  compile 'org.asciidoctor:asciidoctorj:2.4.3' (1)
Declaring the dependency in an Ivy dependency descriptor (e.g., ivy.xml)
<dependency org="org.asciidoctor" name="asciidoctorj" rev="2.4.3" /> (1)
Declaring the dependency in an SBT build file (e.g., build.sbt)
libraryDependencies += "org.asciidoctor" % "asciidoctorj" % "2.4.3" (1)
1 Specifying the version of AsciidoctorJ implicitly selects the version of Asciidoctor

The dependency on AsciidoctorJ will transitively add a dependency on the module jruby-complete with the group id org.jruby.

The following Java program shows how to convert an arbitrary AsciiDoc file to an HTML file. AsciidoctorJ will already fully embedded in your Java program and it looks like any other Java library, so there is no need to fear Ruby. If you execute the following Java program and have an AsciiDoc file document.adoc in your current working directory you should see the rendered result document.html afterwards next to your original document.

Converting an AsciiDoc file to an HTML file
package org.asciidoctor.integrationguide;


import org.asciidoctor.Asciidoctor;
import org.asciidoctor.OptionsBuilder;
import org.asciidoctor.SafeMode;

public class SimpleAsciidoctorRendering {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Asciidoctor asciidoctor = Asciidoctor.Factory.create(); (1)
        asciidoctor.convertFile(                                (2)
                new File(args[0]),
                OptionsBuilder.options()                        (3)
1 The static method Asciidoctor.Factory.create() creates a new Asciidoctor instance. This is the door to all interactions with Asciidoctor.
2 The method convertFile takes a File and conversion options. Depending on the options it will create a new file or return the rendered content. In this case a new file is created and the method returns null.
3 The conversion options define via toFile(true) that the result should be written to a new file. The option safe imposes security constraints on the rendering process. safe(SafeMode.UNSAFE) defines the least restricting constraints and allows for example inserting the beautiful asciidoctor.css stylesheet into the resulting document.