Generating TOC for .md files#

this ruby script to generate the TOC from a markdown file#

#

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require 'uri'

fileName = ARGV[0]
fileName = "README.md" if !fileName

File.open(fileName, 'r') do |f|
  inside_code_snippet = false
  f.each_line do |line|
    forbidden_words = ['Table of contents', 'define', 'pragma']
    inside_code_snippet = !inside_code_snippet if line.start_with?('```')
    next if !line.start_with?("#") || forbidden_words.any? { |w| line =~ /#{w}/ } || inside_code_snippet

    title = line.gsub("#", "").strip
    href = URI::encode title.gsub(" ", "-").downcase
    puts "  " * (line.count("#")-1) + "* [#{title}](\##{href})"
  end
end

create your TOC (summary) in your markdown document.#

# My Table of content
- [Section 1](#id-section1)
- [Section 2](#id-section2)

<div id='id-section1'/>
## Section 1
<div id='id-section2'/>
## Section 2
# Table of Contents
1. [Example](#example)
2. [Example2](#example2)
3. [Third Example](#third-example)

## Example [](#){name=example}
## Example2 [](#){name=example2}
## [Third Example](#){name=third-example}

Based on albertodebortoli answer created the function with additional checks and substitution of punctuation marks.#

# @fn       def generate_table_of_contents markdown # {{{
# @brief    Generates table of contents for given markdown text
#
# @param    [String]  markdown Markdown string e.g. File.read('README.md')
#
# @return   [String]  Table of content in markdown format.
#
def generate_table_of_contents markdown
  table_of_contents = ""
  i_section = 0
  # to track markdown code sections, because e.g. ruby comments also start with #
  inside_code_section = false
  markdown.each_line do |line|
    inside_code_section = !inside_code_section if line.start_with?('```')

    forbidden_words = ['Table of contents', 'define', 'pragma']
    next if !line.start_with?('#') || inside_code_section || forbidden_words.any? { |w| line =~ /#{w}/ }

    title = line.gsub("#", "").strip
    href = title.gsub(/(^[!.?:\(\)]+|[!.?:\(\)]+$)/, '').gsub(/[!.,?:; \(\)-]+/, "-").downcase

    bullet = line.count("#") > 1 ? " *" : "#{i_section += 1}."
    table_of_contents << "  " * (line.count("#") - 1) + "#{bullet} [#{title}](\##{href})\n"
  end
  table_of_contents
end