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How do you specify that Pandoc should use a specific header and footer when generating a PDF from Markdown?

Currently I use the following to create my doc from the command line:

pandoc -s -V geometry:margin=1in --number-sections -o doc.pdf doc.mkd

This gives a lovely result with numbered sections.

What I would like to do, is to include a header and footer on each page. How do I go about it?

The extensions mechanism, e.g. pandoc_title_block may hold the key, but how do you use it?

Lastly (as a bonus), is there some way to create a title page for a document using pandoc?

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One option would be writing a new template file and including it via the --template option. You could also add all the titling code you need there. – DG' Oct 16 '13 at 14:04

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With pandoc 1.12.x and it’s new YAML metadata capabilities you could add all the information and all LaTeX-code you need in your markdown document like this:

title: Test
author: Author Name
    - \usepackage{fancyhdr}
    - \pagestyle{fancy}
    - \fancyhead[CO,CE]{This is fancy}
    - \fancyfoot[CO,CE]{So is this}
    - \fancyfoot[LE,RO]{\thepage}
abstract: This is a pandoc test . . . 

That way you don't have to modify the template, simply calling pandoc -o doc.pdf will suffice.

If you want more control, you can add new metadata like this:

title: Test
author: Author Name
header: This is fancy
footer: So is this
geometry: margin=1in
abstract: This is a pandoc test . . . 

# This is a test

Lorem ipsum....

To make this work, you have to modify the template (pandoc -D latex > template.latex) accordingly:

% filename: template.latex


% -----------------------
% Using abstracts

% -----------------------
% Using fancy headers and footers

\usepackage{fixltx2e} % provides \textsubscript
% use upquote if available, for straight quotes in verbatim environments
\ifnum 0\ifxetex 1\fi\ifluatex 1\fi=0 % if pdftex
\else % if luatex or xelatex
% use microtype if available
% Redefine \includegraphics so that, unless explicit options are
% given, the image width will not exceed the width of the page.
% Images get their normal width if they fit onto the page, but
% are scaled down if they would overflow the margins.
  \usepackage[setpagesize=false, % page size defined by xetex
              unicode=false, % unicode breaks when used with xetex
            pdfborder={0 0 0}}
\urlstyle{same}  % don't use monospace font for urls
% Make links footnotes instead of hotlinks:
% avoid problems with \sout in headers with hyperref:
\setlength{\parskip}{6pt plus 2pt minus 1pt}
\setlength{\emergencystretch}{3em}  % prevent overfull lines
\VerbatimFootnotes % allows verbatim text in footnotes

\author{$for(author)$$author$$sep$ \and $endfor$}



% Adding the abstract







This is also the place to create a title page. As you can see, the template is nothing but a LaTeX document with some $variables$, so it should be easy to customize to your liking.

Now just call pandoc with the template option:

pandoc -s -N --template=template.latex -o doc.pdf

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Thanks – I didn't know about the YAML metadata. I noticed that by adding toc: yes I can achieve the --toc command line argument. I wasn't able to recreate the --number-sections argument in the same way though, and wondered why, and if there is a way to do this? – Benjohn May 27 at 12:49
@Benjohn this is probably a new question . . . but try numbersections: yes. You can printout the template with pandoc -D latex to figure the variable names. – DG' May 27 at 18:16
Thanks! I did ask a new question, but I put it on Stack Overflow as I wasn't sure if this TeX SE was happy as the assumed place for Pandoc questions. I got the same answer there, and also a link to panzer. – Benjohn May 27 at 18:21

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