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Pod::Text::Color - Convert POD data to formatted color ASCII text


use Pod::Text::Color;
my $parser = Pod::Text::Color->new (sentence => 0, width => 78);

# Read POD from STDIN and write to STDOUT.

# Read POD from file.pod and write to file.txt.
$parser->parse_from_file ('file.pod', 'file.txt');


Pod::Text::Color is a simple subclass of Pod::Text that highlights output text using ANSI color escape sequences. Apart from the color, it in all ways functions like Pod::Text. See Pod::Text for details and available options.

Term::ANSIColor is used to get colors and therefore must be installed to use this module.


Pod::Text::Color 0.05 (based on Pod::Parser) was the first version of this module included with Perl, in Perl 5.6.0.

The current API based on Pod::Simple was added in Pod::Text::Color 2.00. Pod::Text::Color 2.01 was included in Perl 5.9.3, the first version of Perl to incorporate those changes.

Several problems with wrapping and line length were fixed as recently as Pod::Text::Color 4.11, included in Perl 5.29.1.

This module inherits its API and most behavior from Pod::Text, so the details in "COMPATIBILITY" in Pod::Text also apply. Pod::Text and Pod::Text::Color have had the same module version since 4.00, included in Perl 5.23.7. (They unfortunately diverge in confusing ways prior to that.)


Russ Allbery <>.


Copyright 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2018-2019, 2022 Russ Allbery <>

This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Pod::Text, Pod::Simple

The current version of this module is always available from its web site at It is also part of the Perl core distribution as of 5.6.0.