Introduction to xmlto

The xmlto package is a front-end to a XSL toolchain. It chooses an appropriate stylesheet for the conversion you want and applies it using an external XSLT processor. It also performs any necessary post-processing.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

xmlto Dependencies


docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-nons-1.79.2, and libxslt-1.1.39

Optional (for DVI, PDF, and postscript backend post-processing)

fop-2.9, dblatex, and PassiveTeX

Optional (for text backend post-processing)

One of Links-2.29, Lynx-2.8.9rel.1, W3m, or ELinks

Editor Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/xmlto

Installation of xmlto

Install xmlto by running the following commands:

LINKS="/usr/bin/links" \
./configure --prefix=/usr &&


To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

LINKS="/usr/bin/links": This environment variable fixes a bug causing xmlto to think that links command is the same as elinks. Setting this variable does not cause problems if links is not installed, unless you have ELinks installed, and wish to use it for text backend post-processing, in which case, remove it.


Installed Programs: xmlif and xmlto
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/xmlto

Short Descriptions


is a conditional processing instructions for XML


applies an XSL stylesheet to an XML document