Project: remarkjs/remark-man

Package: remark-man@8.0.1

  1. Dependents: 0
  2. remark plugin to compile markdown to man pages
  1. remark 214
  2. unified 181
  3. markdown 154
  4. plugin 140
  5. mdast 88
  6. remark-plugin 82


Build Coverage Downloads Size Sponsors Backers Chat

remark plugin to turn markdown to man pages.


What is this?

This package is a unified (remark) plugin that compiles markdown (mdast) to roff/groff/troff (the format used for man pages).

It adds a compiler for unified that turns the final markdown (mdast) syntax tree into roff/groff/troff (the format used for man pages).

When should I use this?

Use this when you know a bit about remark and ASTs and need mang pages. This plugin combined with remark is quite good at turning markdown into man pages. It has good unicode support, proper support for nested lists and block quotes, supports tables, and more.


This package is ESM only. In Node.js (version 16+), install with npm:

npm install remark-man

In Deno with esm.sh:

import remarkMan from 'https://esm.sh/remark-man@9'

In browsers with esm.sh:

<script type="module">
  import remarkMan from 'https://esm.sh/remark-man@9?bundle'


Say we have the following file example.md:

# ls(1) -- list directory contents


`ls` \[`-ABCFGHLOPRSTUW@abcdefghiklmnopqrstuwx1`] \[*file* *...*]

…and a module example.js:

import remarkMan from 'remark-man'
import remarkParse from 'remark-parse'
import {read, write} from 'to-vfile'
import {unified} from 'unified'

const file = await unified()
  .process(await read('example.md'))

file.extname = '.1'
await write(file)

…then running node example.js generates an example.1 file, which contains:

.TH "LS" "1" "September 2023" "" ""
\fBls\fR - list directory contents
\fBls\fR \[lB]\fB-ABCFGHLOPRSTUW@abcdefghiklmnopqrstuwx1\fR\[rB] \[lB]\fIfile\fR \fI...\fR\[rB]

Running man ./example.1 opens that in a manual viewer, which interprets it.


This package exports no identifiers. The default export is remarkMan.

unified().use(remarkMan[, options])

Turn markdown into a man page.


Transform (Transformer).


Configuration (TypeScript type).



This package is fully typed with TypeScript. It exports the additional type Options.


Projects maintained by the unified collective are compatible with maintained versions of Node.js.

When we cut a new major release, we drop support for unmaintained versions of Node. This means we try to keep the current release line, remark-man@^9, compatible with Node.js 16.

This plugin works with unified version 11+ and remark version 15+.


Use of remark-man does not involve rehype (hast) or user content so there are no openings for cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.


See contributing.md in remarkjs/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

This project has a code of conduct. By interacting with this repository, organization, or community you agree to abide by its terms.


MIT © Titus Wormer