AsciidoctorJ 1.5.0 released!

by Alex Soto -

We’re thrilled to bring the latest Asciidoctor milestone, Asciidoctor 1.5.0, to the JVM as AsciidoctorJ 1.5.0!

What is AsciidoctorJ?

AsciidoctorJ is the official library for using Asciidoctor on the JVM. With AsciidoctorJ, you can convert AsciiDoc content or analyze the structure of a parsed AsciiDoc document from Java and other JVM languages.

Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved in version 1.5.0:

  • Added methods to register extensions to AsciidoctorJ which can be written in Ruby or Java. Resolves #90 and #157.

  • Creates an SPI so Java extensions can be registered automatically by simply adding the jar inside classpath. Resolves #97

  • Extension API is updated with modifications done in Asciidoctor 1.5.0. Resolves #113, #114, #148, #162 and #166.

  • Provides a method to unregister any extension previously registered. Resolves #122

  • Added -r and -I flags to CLI classes to require additional Ruby scripts and append to the load path, respectively. Resolves #171.

  • Added -V and --version flags to CLI classes. Resolves #87 and #117.

  • Adds integration with the Asciidoctor EPUB3 project. You can set epub3 as a backend. Resolves #168 and #179

  • Updates AbstractBlock class with findBy method. Resolves #164

  • Updates Document class to be aligned with Asciidoctor::Document so getting a title can return a Title class with title, subtitle instead of as String with full title. Resolves #167

  • Promotes attributes sectnumlevels, hardbreaks, appendix-caption, stem, hide-uri-schema, nofooter, source-language and compat-mode. Resolves #91, #92, #94, #105, #121, #129, #144 and #163.

  • You can get the Ruby instance used in AsciidoctorJ from JRubyRuntimeContext class. Resolves #93

  • Fixes a bug with Ruby instance and Attributes class which prevented the Gradle plugin from working properly. Resolves #96

  • Skips files and directories that begin with an underscore (_) in AsciiDocDirectoryWalker. Resolves #124

  • Adds slf4j as logging system. Resolves #126

  • Fixes a bug with base_dir and Ruby environment. Resolves #135

  • Document objects like Section, Block, Node, Document, …​ are moved to the org.asciidoctor.dom package.

  • Updates Java version to Java 7. Resolves #176

For more information about issues fixed in this release, please see the 1.5.0 milestone in the issue tracker!


The artifactId changed from asciidoctor-java-integration to asciidoctorj starting in 1.5.0. You should now use the following dependency stanza in your project’s pom.xml file:


When upgrading to Asciidoctor 1.5.0, please refer to the migration guide for details about how to migrate your content. We also encourage you to browse the release notes for Asciidoctor 1.5.0.

Asciidoctor 1.5.0 introduced many changes internally and to the public API. For example, the extension API has been modified in non-trivial ways, so you’ll like need to update your extensions to the new API when upgrading to this release of AsciidoctorJ.

Visit the updated AsciidoctorJ manual to learn how to install and use AsciidoctorJ.

This release makes way for new releases of the Gradle plugin, Maven plugin and Asciidoclet, all of which are based on AsciidoctorJ. Look for those announcements to follow!