An Asciidoctor extension that adds a variable indir, which always points to the directory of the currently included asciidoc file.

This extension solves the problem that standard asciidoctor allows no relative paths in subdocuments, see asciidoctor issue #650.


If using bundler, add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'asciidoctor-indir_ext'

And then execute:

$ bundle install

If you do not wish to use bundler, install as:

$ gem install asciidoctor-indir_ext


  1. In the beginning of a subdocument, add this line: ifndef::indir[:indir: .]

  2. Include images like this: image::{indir}/images/example.svg[]

  3. When compiling a master document (that includes other subdocuments), require this extension.

For example:

bundle exec asciidoctor -r asciidoctor-indir_ext master.adoc

...or without bundler:

asciidoctor -r asciidoctor-indir_ext master.adoc

As a result, the extension provides an indir variable, which always points at the directory of the included asciidoc file. This allows image paths like {indir}/images/example.svg to be resolved relative to the included subdocument.


It is possible to start a docker container using docker-compose run --rm dev bash. This allows to run the following commands inside the docker container and thus avoids messing with the local system setup.

  • Run bundle install to install dependencies
  • To list all available rake tasks, run bundle exec rake -T
  • To build a gem package on your local machine, run bundle exec rake build
  • To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install
  • To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


This extension is based on another asciidoctor extension called jirutka/asciidoctor-include-ext, which provides a cleaner implementation of asciidoctor's include processing, and thus makes it easier to overwrite according behavior through an extension.

Special thanks goes to @mojavelinux for pointing out this solution in asciidoctor issue #650 and for providing valuable feedback.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.