Arguments and options for the dita command

The dita command takes mandatory arguments to process DITA content, manage plug-ins, or print information about the command. Options can be used to modify the command behavior or specify additional configuration parameters.


dita -i file -f name [ options ]
dita -install [ { file | url } ]
dita -uninstall id
dita -help
dita -version


-i, -input file
Specifies the master file for your documentation project. Typically this is a DITA map, however it also can be a DITA topic if you want to transform a single DITA file. The path can be absolute, relative to args.input.dir, or relative to the current directory if args.input.dir is not defined.
-f, -format name
Specifies the output format (transformation type).
-install file
-install url
Install a single plug-in from a local ZIP file or from a URL.
If no file or url argument is provided, the integration process reloads plug-ins from the plugins directory. This approach can be used to integrate mutltiple plug-ins at once.
-uninstall id
Uninstall a plug-in with the specified ID.
-h, -help
Print command usage help.
Print version information and exit.


-o, -output dir
Specifies the path of the output directory; the path can be absolute or relative to the current directory. By default, the output is written to the out subdirectory of the current directory.
-filter file
Specifies a filter file to be used to include, exclude, or flag content.
-t, -temp dir
Specifies the location of the temporary directory.
-v, -verbose
Verbose logging.
-d, -debug
Debug logging.
-l, -logfile file
Write logging messages to a file.
Specify a value for a parameter. Supported parameters are the same as Ant parameters and are transformation type specific.
-propertyfile file
Load all properties from a file. Properties specified with the -D option take precedence.