Project documentation with Markdown.
MkDocs is a fast, simple and downright gorgeous static site generator that's geared towards building project documentation. Documentation source files are written in Markdown, and configured with a single YAML configuration file.
Builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose.
Great themes available
There's a stack of good looking themes included by default. Choose from bootstrap, readthedocs, or any of the 12 bootswatch themes.
Preview your site as you work
The built-in devserver allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload whenever you save any changes, so all you need to do to see your latest edits is refresh your browser.
Easy to customize
Get your project documentation looking just the way you want it by customizing the theme.
$ python --version Python 2.7.2 $ pip --version pip 1.5.2
MkDocs supports Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.3 and 3.4.
On Windows we recommend that you install Python and pip with Chocolatey.
mkdocs package using pip:
pip install mkdocs
You should now have the
mkdocs command installed on your system. Run
--version to check that everything worked okay.
$ mkdocs --version mkdocs, version 0.14.0
Getting started is super easy.
mkdocs new my-project cd my-project
Let's take a moment to review the initial project that's been created for us.
There's a single configuration file named
mkdocs.yml, and a folder named
docs that will contain our documentation source files. Right now the
folder just contains a single documentation page, named
MkDocs comes with a built-in webserver that lets you preview your documentation
as you work on it. We start the webserver by making sure we're in the same
directory as the
mkdocs.yml config file, and then running the
$ mkdocs serve Running at: http://127.0.0.1:8000/
Open up http://127.0.0.1:8000/ in your browser, and you'll see the index page being displayed:
The webserver also supports auto-reloading, and will rebuild your documentation whenever anything in the configuration file, documentation directory or theme directory changes.
Go ahead and edit the
docs/index.md file now and save the file. Then simply
hit reload in the browser and you'll see your updated documentation.
Now's also a good time to edit the configuration file,
mkdocs.yml. Change the
site_name setting to something else and save the file.
Once you hit reload in the browser you'll see your new site name take effect.
Go ahead and edit the
docs/index.md document, and change the initial heading to
MkLorum, then reload the site in your browser, and you should see the change
take effect immediately.
Let's also add a second page to our documentation:
curl 'jaspervdj.be/lorem-markdownum/markdown.txt' > docs/about.md
We'd like our documentation site to include some navigation headers, so we'll edit the configuration file and add some information about the order and title to use for out headers:
site_name: MkLorum pages: - Home: index.md - About: about.md
Refresh the browser and you'll now see a navigation bar with
Theming our documentation
While we're here can also change the configuration file to alter how the
documentation is displayed. Let's go ahead and change the theme. Edit the
mkdocs.yml file to the following:
site_name: MkLorum pages: - Home: index.md - About: about.md theme: readthedocs
Refresh the browser again, and you'll now see the ReadTheDocs theme being used.
Building the site
That's looking good. We're ready to deploy the first pass of our
documentation now. Let's build the documentation.
This will create a new directory, named
site. Let's take a look inside the
ls site about css fonts img index.html js
Notice that our source documentation has been output as two HTML files named
about/index.html. We also have various other media that's
been copied into the
site directory as part of the documentation theme.
If you're using source code control such as
git you probably don't want to
check your documentation builds into the repository. Add a line containing
site/ to your
echo "site/" >> .gitignore
If you're using another source code control you'll want to check it's documentation on how to ignore specific directories.
After some time, files may be removed from the documentation but they will still
reside in the
site directory. To remove those stale files, just run mkdocs
mkdocs build --clean
Other Commands and Options
There are various other commands and options available. For a complete list of
commands, use the
To view a list of options available on a given command, use the
with that command. For example, to get a list of all options available for the
build command run the following:
mkdocs build --help
The documentation site that we've just built only uses static files so you'll be
able to host it from pretty much anywhere. GitHub project pages and Amazon
S3 are good hosting options. Upload the contents of the entire
to wherever you're hosting your website from and you're done. For specific
instructions for a number of common hosts, see the Deploying your Docs page.