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RenderCV

A $\LaTeX$ CV/resume framework

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RenderCV allows you to create a high-quality CV as a PDF from a YAML input file. It supports full Markdown syntax and gives you complete control over the $\LaTeX$ code.

The primary motivation behind the RenderCV is to provide people with a concrete framework that allows

  • Version controlling a CV's content and design separately and in an organized manner.
  • Building an automated pipeline that updates the final output (PDF, $\LaTeX$, Markdown, HTML, and PNGs) whenever the content is modified.
  • Making the CV's design uniform and nicely structured without room for human errors.

RenderCV offers built-in $\LaTeX$ and Markdown templates ready to produce high-quality CVs. However, the templates are entirely arbitrary and can easily be updated to leverage RenderCV's capabilities with custom CV themes.

RenderCV takes a YAML file that looks like this:

cv:
  name: John Doe
  location: Your Location
  email: [email protected]
  sections:
    this_is_a_section_title:
      - This is a type of entry, TextEntry—just a plain string.
      - You can have as many entries as you want under a section.
      - RenderCV offers a variety of entry types, such as TextEntry,
        BulletEntry, EducationEntry, ExperienceEntry, NormalEntry,
        OneLineEntry, PublicationEntry.
      - Each entry type has its own set of attributes and different
        looks.
    my_education_section:
      - institution: Boğaziçi University
        area: Mechanical Engineering
        degree: BS
        start_date: 2000-09
        end_date: 2005-05
        highlights:
          - 'GPA: 3.9/4.0 ([Transcript](https://example.com))'
          - '**Coursework:** Structural Analysis, Thermodynamics,
            Heat Transfer'
    experience:
      ...

Then, it produces one of these PDFs with its corresponding $\LaTeX$ code, Markdown file, HTML file, and images as PNGs. Each of these is an example of one of 4 built-in themes of RenderCV. Click on the images below to preview PDF files.

Classic Theme Example of RenderCV Sb2nov Theme Example of RenderCV
Moderncv Theme Example of RenderCV Engineeringresumes Theme Example of RenderCV

The contents of the HTML file can be pasted into Grammarly or any word processor for spelling and grammar checking.

Grammarly for RenderCV

It also validates the input file, and if there are any problems, it tells users where the problems are and how they can fix them.

CLI of RenderCV

RenderCV comes with a JSON Schema so that the YAML input file can be filled out interactively.

JSON Schema of RenderCV

Quick Start Guide

Either use rendercv-pipeline or follow the steps below.

  1. Install Python (3.10 or newer).
  2. Run the command below in a terminal to install RenderCV.
    pip install rendercv
    
  3. Run the command below to generate a starting input files.
    rendercv new "Full Name"
    
  4. Edit the contents of Full_Name_CV.yaml in your favorite editor (tip: use an editor that supports JSON Schemas).
  5. Run the command below to generate your CV.
    rendercv render Full_Name_CV.yaml
    

Here, you can find a comprehensive user guide that covers the structure of the YAML input file and command-line interface (CLI) in greater detail.

Motivation

Writing the content of a CV and designing a CV are separate issues that should be treated separately. RenderCV attempts to provide this separation. This approach encourages users to concentrate on the content without getting distracted by the appearance of their CV and vice versa.

RenderCV also provides a general set of utilities that will automate most of the manual work involved in the CV updating process. After updating a single sentence or a date in the YAML input file written in pure English, RenderCV will

  • re-create your $\LaTeX$ file,
  • render a new PDF file,
  • create a new Markdown file,
  • create a new HTML document, and
  • create images of each page of the PDF file as PNGs.

Why should I bother using RenderCV instead of $\LaTeX$? I can version-control $\LaTeX$ code too!

RenderCV is not a replacement for $\LaTeX$, but it's a general set of utilities designed to create and manage $\LaTeX$ CVs. If you're currently using $\LaTeX$ to create your CV, you should try RenderCV. Using your existing $\LaTeX$ themes in RenderCV is very easy.

Here are some advantages of RenderCV over using pure $\LaTeX$:

  • RenderCV will separate the content of your CV from your $\LaTeX$ code. They will sit in independent files, and RenderCV will use both to generate your CV.
  • You will be able to version-control your $\LaTeX$ code and content separately.
  • Updating your content in a YAML file is easier than updating a complex $\LaTeX$ file.
  • A pure $\LaTeX$ CV will have many code duplications because a CV is a document with a list of sections that contain a list of entries. RenderCV has only one $\LaTeX$ code for each entry type, duplicated automatically based on the YAML input file.
  • Spell-checking is not very straightforward in $\LaTeX$ documents.

Documentation

The detailed user guide can be found here.

The developer guide can be found here.

Reference to the code can be found here.

The changelog can be found here.

Contributing

All contributions to RenderCV are welcome! To get started, please read the developer guide.

The source code is thoroughly documented and well-commented, making it an enjoyable read and easy to understand.