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eLyXer(1) General Commands Manual eLyXer(1)


elyxer - convert LyX files to html


elyxer [options] [infile] [outfile]


eLyXer (pronounced elixir) is a LyX to HTML converter. It's written in plain Python and doesn't rely on any kind of TeX to html converters.


Display help.

Disable all runtime messages.


Enable debugging messages (for developers).

Show version number and release date.

Return the highest supported LyX version that can be converted.


Set the generated page title.

Use a custom CSS file.

Embed the CSS file into the HTML output instead of including a separate file.

Output HTML 4.0 instead of the default XHTML.

Full unicode output.

Output the document with ISO-8859-15 encoding instead of UTF-8.

Don't include the 'created by eLyXer' footer.

Do not generate fancy math constructions.


Look for images in the specified directory.

Place converted images into this directory.

Starting with eLyXer 1.1.1 this option has been replaced by the --imageformat option.

Force the image output format, default is PNG.

This option is helpful in cases were you'd like to override the automatic conversion to the PNG image format. If you'd like to preserve all images in the original format use the copy command.

Use Inkscape as the image converter.

Do not convert images, just use them in the current available format they're stored in.

Be aware that you've to copy your image files to the output directory if you create the html output outside of the source directory.


Label footnotes with numbers instead of letters.

Label footnotes with symbols instead of letters, e.g. *, **.

Show footnotes as hovering text (default).

Show footnotes on the page margin.

Show footnotes at the end of the page.

Use superscript for footnote markers (default).

Use aligned text for footnote markers.

You can specify one or more of the above footnote options as a comma speparated list.


Split the resulting webpage at the given level.

Generate a TOC that points to the given page.

Create a table of contents.

Let all links point to the given frame.

Generate a TOC that points to the given page.

Omit the part lables like 'Chapter' in the TOC.

Force on the fly conversion to conserve memory.
This is the old behaviour of eLyXer prior to 0.36.

Generate HTML without header or footer.

Use jsMath fomr the given URL to display equations.

Use MathJax from the given URL to display equations. If you use --mathjax with the keyword remote instead of an URL you can use the MathJax CDN instead of a local copy.

Use Google Charts to generate formular images.

Use a template, put everything into <!--$content-->.

Add a copyright notice at the bottom.

Disables the copyright notice at the bottom. With eLyXer 0.99 the default changed to not include a copyright notice. See also --copyright if you would like to have copyright notice printed.


This manpage was written by Sven Hoexter <> for the Debian operating system. eLyXer was written by Alex Fernández <>.


eLyXer is copyright © 2009-13 Alex Fernández.
This manpage is copyright © 2009-13 Sven Hoexter and Alex Fernández.
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.


On a Debian operating system you can find the full documentation for eLyXer in /usr/share/doc/elyxer/. The website of eLyXer is <>

August 2011