Building output using the dita command

You can invoke DITA-OT and build output using the dita command.


From the command prompt, issue the following command:
install-dir/bin/dita -i input-file -f
transformation-type -Dparameter-name=value -o output-dir


  • install-dir is the DITA-OT installation directory path.
  • input-file is the DITA map or DITA file that you want to process.
  • transformation-type is the transformation type.
  • parameter-name is the name of an optional parameter.
  • value is an applicable value for the optional parameter.
  • output-dir is the output directory path for generated output.
Tip: If you add the install-dir/bin directory to the PATH system variable, you can invoke the dita command without the absolute path.

If processing is successful, nothing is printed on the terminal window.

If you do not specify an output directory, the dita command writes output to the out subdirectory of the current directory.


The following command generates HTML5 output for the sequence.ditamap file and specifies that output is written to the test directory.

dita -i samples/sequence.ditamap -f html5 -o test