Be warned though, for this is kinda useless and just for fun:
resume.json with your resume contents.
You’re now the proud owner of an ancv. Time to try it out.
The following examples work out-of-the-box.
heyho with your GitHub username once you’re all set up.
curl -L ancv.io/heyho
-L being shorthand for
--location, allowing you to follow the redirect from
http://ancv.io through to
It’s shorter than its also perfectly viable alternative:
Lastly, you might want to page the output for easiest reading, top-to-bottom:
curl -sL ancv.io/heyho | less
If that garbles the rendered output, try
less -r aka
wget -O - --quiet ancv.io/heyho
-O is short for
--output-document, used here to redirect to stdout.
iwr is an alias for
Invoke-Webrequest, returning an object whose
Content we access.
(iwr -UseBasicParsing ancv.io/heyho).Content
-UseBasicParsing is only required if you haven’t set up Internet Explorer yet (yes, really).
If you have, then it works as PowerShell 7 (where that flag is deprecated and the default anyway).
All configuration is optional.
The CV is constructed as follows:
Essentially the order of items, indentations, text alignment, position of dates and more. Templates are like layouts/skeletons.
This controls colors, italics, boldface, underlining, blinking (yes, really) and more. A couple themes exist but you can easily add your own one.
the language to use.
Pre-set strings like section titles (Education, …), names of months etc. are governed by translations, of which there are a couple available already. All other text is free-form.
text content like emojis and newlines to control paragraph breaks.
Emojis are user-controlled: if you want them, use them in your
resume.json; in the future, there might be templates with emojis baked in, but you’d have to actively opt into using one.
If that toggle is
true, dates in the format
YYYY-12-31 will be displayed as
lastly, there’s a toggle for ASCII-only output.
It only concerns the template and controls the drawing of boxes and such (e.g.,
─ : only the latter will produce gapless rules).
If you yourself use non-ASCII characters in your texts, use a language containing non-ASCII characters (Spanish, French, …) or a theme with non-ASCII characters (e.g., a theme might use the
• character to print bullet points), non-ASCII Unicode will still occur.
As such, this toggle currently isn’t very powerful, but with some care it does ultimately allow you to be ASCII-only.
If you come up with new templates, themes or translations, a PR would be highly appreciated.
anything about a viewer’s terminal!
Any recent terminal will support a baseline of features (e.g., colors), but large parts of the functionalities depend on the font used: proper Unicode support is needed for pretty output (see
ascii_only), and ideally emojis if you’re into that (although it’s easy to pick an emoji-free template).
Many themes leverage Unicode characters as well.
access to your CV: like the gist itself, it will be publicly available on GitHub.
ancv requires going beyond the vanilla JSON Resume schema.
You will need to add an (entirely optional)
$.meta.ancv field to your
The provided schema will be of help here:
an editor capable of providing auto-completion based on it, like Visual Studio Code, will make filling out the additional configuration a breeze.
The schema will further inform you of the default values (used for unspecified fields).
Since everything is optional, a valid JSON resume (without an
ancv section) is valid for
ancv use as well.
Install the package as usual:
pip install ancv
This also allows you to import whatever you could want or need from the package, if anything. Note that it’s pretty heavy on the dependencies.
See also the available packages aka images:
docker pull ghcr.io/alexpovel/ancv
Versioned tags (so you can pin a major) are available.
Once installed, you could for example check whether your
resume.json is valid at all (
validate) or get a glimpse at the final product (
# pip route:
$ ancv render resume.json
# container route:
$ docker run -v $(pwd)/resume.json:/app/resume.json ghcr.io/alexpovel/ancv render
Self-hosting is a first-class citizen here.
The https://ancv.io site is hosted on Google Cloud Run (serverless) and deployed there automatically, such that the latest release you see here is also the code executing in that cloud environment.
That’s convenient to get started: simply create a
resume.json gist and you’re good to go within minutes.
It can also be used for debugging and playing around; it’s a playground of sorts.
You’re invited to use this service for as much and as long as you’d like. However, obviously, as an individual I cannot guarantee its availability in perpetuity. You might also feel uncomfortable uploading your CV onto GitHub, since it has to be public for this whole exercise to work. Lastly, you might also be suspicious of me inserting funny business into your CV before serving it out. If this is you, self-hosting is for you.
For simplicity, using Docker Compose (with Docker’s recent Compose CLI plugin):
resume.json into the directory
docker compose up
Caddy (chosen here for simplicity) will handle HTTPS automatically for you, but will of course require domain names to be set up correctly to answer ACME challenges.
Handling DNS is up to you; for dynamic DNS, I can recommend
If you self-host in the cloud, the server infrastructure might be taken care of for you by your provider already (as is the case for Google Cloud Run). In these cases, a dedicated proxy is unnecessary and a single Dockerfile might suffice (adjusted to your needs). True serverless is also a possibility and an excellent fit here. For example, one could use Digital Ocean’s Functions. If you go that route and succeed, please let me know! (I had given up with how depressingly hard dependency management was, as opposed to tried-and-tested container images.)
You will probably not be able to paste its result into a gist and have it work out of the box.
It is recommended to paste the export into an editor capable of helping you find errors against the contained
$schema, like VS Code.
Alternatively, a local
ancv render your-file.json will print
pydantic validation errors, which might be helpful in debugging.
For example, the exporter might leave
$.basics.url an empty string, which isn’t a valid URI and therefore fails the schema and, by extension,
endDate keys might get empty string values.
Remove these entries entirely to stay conformant to the JSON Resume Schema (to which
ancv stays conformant).
The exporter has a couple caveats. ↩