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mammoth 0.3.0

Convert Word documents to simple and clean HTML

Latest Version: 1.4.4

Mammoth is designed to convert .docx documents, such as those created by Microsoft Word, and convert them to HTML. Mammoth aims to produce simple and clean HTML by using semantic information in the document, and ignoring other details. For instance, Mammoth converts any paragraph with the style Heading 1 to h1 elements, rather than attempting to exactly copy the styling (font, text size, colour, etc.) of the heading.

There’s a large mismatch between the structure used by .docx and the structure of HTML, meaning that the conversion is unlikely to be perfect for more complicated documents. Mammoth works best if you only use styles to semantically mark up your document.


pip install mammoth



You can convert docx files by passing the path to the docx file and the output file. For instance:

mammoth document.docx output.html

If no output file is specified, output is written to stdout instead.


By default, images are included inline in the output HTML. If an output directory is specified by --output-dir, the images are written to separate files instead. For instance:

mammoth document.docx --output-dir=output-dir

Existing files will be overwritten if present.


A custom style map can be read from a file using --style-map. For instance:

mammoth document.docx output.html --style-map=custom-style-map

Where custom-style-map looks something like:

p[style-name='Aside Heading'] => div.aside > h2:fresh
p[style-name='Aside Text'] => div.aside > p:fresh


Basic conversion

To convert an existing .docx file to HTML, pass a file-like object to mammoth.convert_to_html. The file should be opened in binary mode. For instance:

import mammoth

with open("document.docx", "rb") as docx_file:
    result = mammoth.convert_to_html(docx_file)
    html = result.value # The generated HTML
    messages = result.messages # Any messages, such as warnings during conversion

Custom style map

By default, Mammoth maps some common .docx styles to HTML elements. For instance, a paragraph with the style name Heading 1 is converted to a h1 element. You can pass in a custom map for styles by passing an options object with a style_map property as a second argument to convert_to_html. A description of the syntax for style maps can be found in the section “Writing style maps”. For instance, if paragraphs with the style name Section Title should be converted to h1 elements, and paragraphs with the style name Subsection Title should be converted to h2 elements:

import mammoth

style_map = """
p[style-name='Section Title'] => h1:fresh
p[style-name='Subsection Title'] => h2:fresh

with open("document.docx", "rb") as docx_file:
    result = mammoth.convert_to_html(docx_file, style_map=style_map)

User-defined style mappings are used in preference to the default style mappings. To stop using the default style mappings altogether, pass include_default_style_map=False:

result = mammoth.convert_to_html(docx_file, style_map=style_map, include_default_style_map=False)


mammoth.convert_to_html(fileobj, style_map=None, include_default_style_map=True)

Converts the source document to HTML.

  • fileobj: a file-like object containing the source document. Files should be opened in binary mode.
  • style_map: a string to specify the mapping of Word styles to HTML. See the section “Writing style maps” for a description of the syntax.
  • include_default_style_map: by default, the style map passed in style_map is combined with the default style map. To stop using the default style map altogether, pass include_default_style_map=False.
  • Returns a result with the following properties:
  • value: the generated HTML
  • messages: any messages, such as errors and warnings, generated during the conversion


Each message has the following properties:

  • type: a string representing the type of the message, such as "warning"
  • message: a string containing the actual message

Writing style maps

A style map is made up of a number of style mappings separated by new lines.

A style mapping has two parts:

  • On the left, before the arrow, is the document element matcher.
  • On the right, after the arrow, is the HTML path.

When converting each paragraph, Mammoth finds the first style mapping where the document element matcher matches the current paragraph. Mammoth then ensures the HTML path is satisfied.


When writing style mappings, it’s helpful to understand Mammoth’s notion of freshness. When generating, Mammoth will only close an HTML element when necessary. Otherwise, elements are reused.

For instance, suppose one of the specified style mappings is p[style-name='Heading 1'] => h1. If Mammoth encounters a .docx paragraph with the style name Heading 1, the .docx paragraph is converted to a h1 element with the same text. If the next .docx paragraph also has the style name Heading 1, then the text of that paragraph will be appended to the existing h1 element, rather than creating a new h1 element.

In most cases, you’ll probably want to generate a new h1 element instead. You can specify this by using the :fresh modifier:

p[style-name='Heading 1'] => h1:fresh

The two consective Heading 1 .docx paragraphs will then be converted to two separate h1 elements.

Reusing elements is useful in generating more complicated HTML structures. For instance, suppose your .docx contains asides. Each aside might have a heading and some body text, which should be contained within a single div.aside element. In this case, style mappings similar to p[style-name='Aside Heading'] => div.aside > h2:fresh and p[style-name='Aside Text'] => div.aside > p:fresh might be helpful.

Document element matchers

Paragraphs and runs

Match any paragraph:


Match any run:


To match a paragraph or run with a specific style, you can reference the style by name. This is the style name that is displayed in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice. For instance, to match a paragraph with the style name Heading 1:

p[style-name='Heading 1']

Styles can also be referenced by style ID. This is the ID used internally in the .docx file. To match a paragraph or run with a specific style ID, append a dot followed by the style ID. For instance, to match a paragraph with the style ID Heading1:


HTML paths

Single elements

The simplest HTML path is to specify a single element. For instance, to specify an h1 element:


To give an element a CSS class, append a dot followed by the name of the class:


To require that an element is fresh, use :fresh:


Modifiers must be used in the correct order:


Nested elements

Use > to specify nested elements. For instance, to specify h2 within div.aside:

div.aside > h2

You can nest elements to any depth.

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