Mint was one of my first open-source projects. While I don’t actively develop it anymore, I believe in the idea behind it and have been happy to see Pandoc become a full-fledged version of what I wanted to build.

Mint is a hacker’s publishing tool. It transforms your plain text into beautiful documents. It’s simple but also flexible and powerful.

Why would you want to keep all of your documents as plain text?

  • To focus on words and structure when you write
  • To be able to apply one style to an entire set of documents with one command
  • To keep your documents under version control
  • To make your documents available for scripting–for example, text analysis
  • To have full interop with all kinds of services, like Google Docs, without vendor lock-in

What does Mint create from these source files? Beautiful, styled HTML ready to read, print, upload to a server, present to colleagues, and share.

In a few words: Mint processes words so you don’t have to.


Mint is flexible. You can use almost any file type for:

  • Your document itself
  • Your document’s layout and style
  • Your document’s behavior (via Javascript)

You can also override most template-level behaviors for a single document.

But it also has sensible defaults:

  • Publish a document with almost any extension using: mint publish
  • Several templates are included by default
  • It’s easy to add your own templates with some simple HTML and CSS
  • Any templates, etc., that you use on a regular basis can live in a config file

The library stands on its own, and the next set of features is going to involve building out a robust plugin system to support everything from ePub publishing to collaborative wiki-like interactions.


To get started with Mint, just install the gem:

gem install mint

… and then publish your first document:

mint publish

From there you can choose templates (or design your own), publish eBooks, and find or create plugins to make your life easier.