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# Astro Command unlocks the world

## Introduction

This weekend I built a new Astro component that lets callers use external commands on their machine to generate html content.

## trashhalo / astro-command

### run commands as astro components

In the repository there is a hello world demo that is shelling out to python.

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import { Command } from "astro-command";
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<Command caller={import.meta.url} command="./Component.py" message="from python!" />

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys, json

print(f'<h1> Hello {data["message"]} </h1>')


Props are passed in as a json blob to stdin. Html comes out stdout.

## Taking it up a notch

Python has a very deep well of libraries that can be useful for astro page generation. One example is https://matplotlib.org/ a plotting library that can generate beautiful graphs outputting SVG.

As a quick example I rewrote the hello world py component to output a graph instead.

## Its not just python

Now that you have shell access from Astro you can use any command! The first one I created a custom component for is Pandoc to get access to all the types of content Pandoc can understand. With 12 lines of astro code I unlocked 30+ file formats!

# Astro Pandoc

Astro component for using pandoc to convert content. This allows you to embed any format pandoc supports.

## Usage

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import { Pandoc } from "astro-pandoc"
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<Pandoc caller={import.meta.url} file="Component.tex" extraArgs={["--webtex"]} /

Component.tex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath} % for the equation* environment
\begin{document}
This is a simple math expression $$\sqrt{x^2+1}$$ inside text.
And this is also the same:
\begin{math}
\sqrt{x^2+1}
\end{math}
but by using another command.

This is a simple math expression without numbering
$\sqrt{x^2+1}$
separated from text.

This is also the same:
\begin{displaymath}
\sqrt{x^2+1}
\end{displaymath}

\ldots and this:


## Whats next?

There are lots of commands out there. Which one should I connect to astro next?