Pod::Simple is a Perl library for parsing text in the Pod ("plain old documentation") markup language that is typically used for writing documentation for Perl and for Perl modules. The Pod format is explained perlpod; the most common formatter is called perldoc.

Pod formatters can use Pod::Simple to parse Pod documents and render them into plain text, HTML, or any number of other formats.


To install this module, type the following:

    perl Makefile.PL
    make test
    make install


Questions or discussion about POD and Pod::Simple should be sent to the pod-people@perl.org mail list. Send an empty email to pod-people-subscribe@perl.org to subscribe.

This module is managed in an open GitHub repository, https://github.com/perl-pod/pod-simple/. Feel free to fork and contribute, or to clone git://github.com/perl-pod/pod-simple.git and send patches!

Patches against Pod::Simple are welcome. Please send bug reports to <bug-pod-simple@rt.cpan.org>.

copyright and Disclaimers

Copyright (c) 2002 Sean M. Burke. All rights reserved.

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

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


Pod::Simple was created by Sean M. Burke <sburke@cpan.org>. But don't bother him, he's retired.

Pod::Simple is maintained by:

  • Allison Randal allison@perl.org

  • Hans Dieter Pearcey hdp@cpan.org

  • David E. Wheeler dwheeler@cpan.org

  • Marc Green marcgreen@cpan.org