How to Install and Use Python-Mistune on Linux

The Python Mistune package is a fast and robust Python3 markdown parser that provides renderers and plugins. The Python mistune package is tested and proven in Python 2.7, Python 3.5+, and PyPy.

It is the fastest in all the Python markdown parsers and provides a bunch of useful features such as footnotes, fenced code, auto-links. Table etc.

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In this guide, we walk you through the installation of the Python Mistune (Markdown Parser) package on Linux systems.

Installing Python3 and Python3-PiP in Linux

Before anything else, make sure that you have Python3 and pip3 installed on your system. Thankfully, Python3 comes installed with most modern Linux distributions and you can verify this by running the command:

$ python3  -V
Check Python Version in Linux
Check Python Version in Linux

The output confirms that Python3 is installed.

To install pip3 on Linux distributions, run the following command:

$ sudo apt install python3-pip      [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
$ sudo yum install python3-pip      [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky Linux/AlmaLinux]
$ sudo emerge --ask dev-python/pip  [On Gentoo Linux]
$ sudo pacman -S python-pip         [On Arch Linux]
$ sudo zypper install python3-pip   [On OpenSUSE]    

When the installation is complete, run the following command to verify that pip3 is installed.

$ pip3 --version
Check Python PIP Version in Linux
Check Python PIP Version in Linux

Install Python Mistune on Linux

To install Mistune, use the pip3 package manager as shown in the following command.

$ pip3 --version

The installation is fairly fast and it completes in just a matter of seconds.

Install Python Mistune in Linux
Install Python Mistune in Linux

To confirm that mistune was successfully installed, run the following command:

$ python3 -m pip show mistune

This provides you with an array of information such as the version, summary, author, and the location of the site packages on your Linux system.

Check Python Mistune in Linux
Check Python Mistune in Linux

How to Use Python Mistune in Linux

To test how the Python-mistune works, we will convert some markdown text to HTML. On the terminal type the following command to access the Python shell.

$ python3 

Import mistune and run the command that follows.

>>>  import mistune as ms
>>>  ms.markdown(‘Welcome to **mistune markdown parser**’)

You can see from the output that the string in markdown has been converted into HTML.

Python Mistune Usage
Python Mistune Usage

That was a brief guide on how you can install and use Python-mistune on Linux. All the best in using the Python mistune package.

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