Pandoc uses Tex as an intermediary step when generating PDF, so I thought asking this question on the Tex part of StackExchange may be the right place. If not, please let me know, and I will delete it.

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

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}
- \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 doc.md -o doc.pdf will suffice.

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

---
title: Test
author: Author Name
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

\documentclass[$if(fontsize)$$fontsize,endif$$if(lang)$$lang,endif$$if(papersize)$$papersize,endif$$for(classoption)$$classoption$$sep$,$endfor$]{$documentclass$}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

% -----------------------
% Using abstracts
\usepackage{abstract}

% -----------------------
% Using fancy headers and footers
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhead[CO,CE]{$header$}
\fancyfoot[CO,CE]{$footer$}
\fancyfoot[LE,RO]{\thepage}

\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{amssymb,amsmath}
\usepackage{ifxetex,ifluatex}
\usepackage{fixltx2e} % provides \textsubscript
% use upquote if available, for straight quotes in verbatim environments
\IfFileExists{upquote.sty}{\usepackage{upquote}}{}
\ifnum 0\ifxetex 1\fi\ifluatex 1\fi=0 % if pdftex
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
$if(euro)$
\usepackage{eurosym}
$endif$
\else % if luatex or xelatex
\ifxetex
\usepackage{mathspec}
\usepackage{xltxtra,xunicode}
\else
\usepackage{fontspec}
\fi
\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text,Scale=MatchLowercase}
\newcommand{\euro}{€}
$if(mainfont)$
\setmainfont{$mainfont$}
$endif$
$if(sansfont)$
\setsansfont{$sansfont$}
$endif$
$if(monofont)$
\setmonofont[Mapping=tex-ansi]{$monofont$}
$endif$
$if(mathfont)$
\setmathfont(Digits,Latin,Greek){$mathfont$}
$endif$
\fi
% use microtype if available
\IfFileExists{microtype.sty}{\usepackage{microtype}}{}
$if(geometry)$
\usepackage[$for(geometry)$$geometry$$sep$,$endfor$]{geometry}
$endif$
$if(natbib)$
\usepackage{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{$if(biblio-style)$$biblio-style$$else$plainnat$endif$}
$endif$
$if(biblatex)$
\usepackage{biblatex}
$if(biblio-files)$
\bibliography{$biblio-files$}
$endif$
$endif$
$if(listings)$
\usepackage{listings}
$endif$
$if(lhs)$
$endif$
$if(highlighting-macros)$
$highlighting-macros$
$endif$
$if(verbatim-in-note)$
\usepackage{fancyvrb}
$endif$
$if(tables)$
\usepackage{longtable}
$endif$
$if(graphics)$
\usepackage{graphicx}
% 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.
\makeatletter
\def\ScaleIfNeeded{%
\ifdim\Gin@nat@width>\linewidth
\linewidth
\else
\Gin@nat@width
\fi
}
\makeatother
\let\Oldincludegraphics\includegraphics
{%
\catcode\@=11\relax%
\gdef\includegraphics{\@ifnextchar[{\Oldincludegraphics}{\Oldincludegraphics[width=\ScaleIfNeeded]}}%
}%
$endif$
\ifxetex
\usepackage[setpagesize=false, % page size defined by xetex
unicode=false, % unicode breaks when used with xetex
xetex]{hyperref}
\else
\usepackage[unicode=true]{hyperref}
\fi
bookmarks=true,
pdfauthor={$author-meta$},
pdftitle={$title-meta$},
citecolor=$if(citecolor)$$citecolor$$else$blue$endif$,
urlcolor=$if(urlcolor)$$urlcolor$$else$blue$endif$,
linkcolor=$if(linkcolor)$$linkcolor$$else$magenta$endif$,
pdfborder={0 0 0}}
\urlstyle{same}  % don't use monospace font for urls
$if(links-as-notes)$
\renewcommand{\href}[2]{#2\footnote{\url{#1}}}
$endif$
$if(strikeout)$
\usepackage[normalem]{ulem}
% avoid problems with \sout in headers with hyperref:
\pdfstringdefDisableCommands{\renewcommand{\sout}{}}
$endif$
\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\parskip}{6pt plus 2pt minus 1pt}
\setlength{\emergencystretch}{3em}  % prevent overfull lines
$if(numbersections)$
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{5}
$else$
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{0}
$endif$
$if(verbatim-in-note)$
\VerbatimFootnotes % allows verbatim text in footnotes
$endif$
$if(lang)$
\ifxetex
\usepackage{polyglossia}
\setmainlanguage{$mainlang$}
\else
\usepackage[$lang$]{babel}
\fi
$endif$
$for(header-includes)$
$header-includes$
$endfor$

$if(title)$
\title{$title$}
$endif$
$if(subtitle)$
\subtitle{$subtitle$}
$endif$
\author{$for(author)$$author$$sep$ \and $endfor$}
\date{$date$}

\begin{document}
$if(title)$
\maketitle
$endif$

$for(include-before)$
$include-before$

$endfor$
$if(toc)$
{
\setcounter{tocdepth}{$toc-depth$}
\tableofcontents
}
$endif$
%-----------------------------------

$if(abstract)$
\begin{abstract}
$abstract$
\end{abstract}
$endif$

$body$

$if(natbib)$
$if(biblio-files)$
$if(biblio-title)$
$if(book-class)$
\renewcommand\bibname{$biblio-title$}
$else$
\renewcommand\refname{$biblio-title$}
$endif$
$endif$
\bibliography{$biblio-files$}

$endif$
$endif$
$if(biblatex)$
\printbibliography$if(biblio-title)$[title=$biblio-title$]$endif$

$endif$
$for(include-after)$
$include-after$

$endfor$
\end{document}


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 doc.md -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 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 18:21