# How to configure and use pandoc

Hello hugo community.

I’m unable to configure hugo to use pandoc as external helper. I went through the docs and only could find information about AsciiDoc.

My config.toml file:

baseURL = "http://example.org/"
languageCode = "en-us"
title = "My New Hugo Site"
theme = "harbor"
[markup]
defaultMarkdownHandler = "pandoc"


And my contents are in content/posts/cont1.pdc file. When running the server locally math equations and code blocks are not rendered properly. The code blocks have no syntax highlighting and math equations are rendered as $$a$$

Contents of the cont1.pdc are

---
title: "Cont2"
date: 2021-05-29T14:06:49+05:30
draft: true
---

This in my site, put page 2

Testing math $a$


What am I doing wrong?

Output of hugo env

hugo v0.83.1+extended linux/amd64 BuildDate=unknown
GOOS="linux"
GOARCH="amd64"
GOVERSION="go1.16.3"


I seem to have found an issue.

The issue is with mathjax. When I use pandoc from terminal to convert a .md file to .html wiht --mathjax flag, same thing happens. I will dig into it some more.

Found the issue. The -s or --standalone flag needs to be supplied before the --mathjax flag, else this issue will appear. I don’t know if the it supplied or not. Will have to look into that.