⚡️ Docusaurus will help you ship a beautiful documentation site in no time.
💸 Building a custom tech stack is expensive. Instead, focus on your content and just write Markdown files.
💥 Ready for more? Use advanced features like versioning, i18n, search and theme customizations.
🧐 Docusaurus is a static-site generator. It builds a single-page application with a fast client-side navigation, leveraging the full power of React to make your site interactive. It provides out-of-the-box documentation features, but can be used to create any kind of site (personal website, product, blog, marketing landing pages, etc).
Fast Track ⏱️#
Understand Docusaurus in 5 minutes by playing!
Create a new Docusaurus site and follow the very short embedded tutorial.
Install Node.js and create a new Docusaurus site:
npm init docusaurus@latest my-website classic
Start the site:
npx docusaurus start
http://localhost:3000 and follow the tutorial.
Docusaurus v2 is beta but already quite stable and widely used.
We highly encourage you to use Docusaurus v2 over Docusaurus v1, as Docusaurus v1 will be deprecated soon.
Use Docusaurus v2 if:
- ✅ You want a modern Jamstack documentation site
- ✅ You want a single-page application (SPA) with client-side routing
- ✅ You want the full power of React and MDX
- ✅ You do not need support for IE11
Use Docusaurus v1 if:
- ❌ You don't want a single-page application (SPA)
- ❌ You need support for IE11
Docusaurus is built with high attention to the developer and contributor experience.
- ⚛️ Built with 💚 and React
- Extend and customize with React
- Gain full control of your site's browsing experience by providing your own React components
- Bootstrap your site with a basic template, then use advanced features and plugins
- Open source your plugins to share with the community
- ✂️ Developer experience
- Start writing your docs right now
- Universal configuration entry point to make it more maintainable by contributors
- Hot reloading with lightning fast incremental build on changes
- Route-based code and data splitting
- Publish to GitHub Pages, Netlify, Vercel and other deployment services with ease
Our shared goal — to help your users find what they need fast, and understand your products better. We share with you our best practices helping you build your doc site right and well.
- 🎯 SEO friendly
- HTML files are statically generated for every possible path
- page-specific SEO to help your users land on your official docs directly relating their problems at hand
- 📝 Powered by MDX
- Write interactive components via JSX and React embedded in markdown
- Share your code in live editors to get your users love your products on the spot
- 🔍 Search - Your full site is searchable
- 💾 Document Versioning - Helps you keep documentation in sync with project releases.
- 🌍 i18n - Translate your site in multiple locales
Docusaurus 2 is born to be compassionately accessible to all your users, and lightning fast.
- ⚡️ Lightning fast - Docusaurus 2 follows the PRPL Pattern that makes sure your content loads blazing fast
- 🦖 Accessible - Attention to accessibility, making your site equally accessible to all users
- Little to learn - Docusaurus should be easy to learn and use as the API is quite small. Most things will still be achievable by users, even if it takes them more code and more time to write. Not having abstractions is better than having the wrong abstractions, and we don't want users to have to hack around the wrong abstractions. Mandatory talk - Minimal API Surface Area.
- Intuitive - Users will not feel overwhelmed when looking at the project directory of a Docusaurus project or adding new features. It should look intuitive and easy to build on top of, using approaches they are familiar with.
- Layered architecture - The separations of concerns between each layer of our stack (content/theming/styling) should be clear - well-abstracted and modular.
- Sensible defaults - Common and popular performance optimizations and configurations will be done for users but they are given the option to override them.
- No vendor-lock in - Users are not required to use the default plugins or CSS, although they are highly encouraged to. Certain core lower-level infra level pieces like React Loadable, React Router cannot be swapped because we do default performance optimization on them. But not higher level ones, such as choice of Markdown engines, CSS frameworks, CSS methodology will be entirely up to users.
We believe that as developers, knowing how a library works is helpful in allowing us to become better at using it. Hence we're dedicating effort into explaining the architecture and various components of Docusaurus with the hope that users reading it will gain a deeper understanding of the tool and be even more proficient in using it.
Comparison with other tools#
Across all static site generators, Docusaurus has a unique focus on documentation sites and has many out-of-the-box features.
We've also studied other main static site generators and would like to share our insights on the comparison, hopefully to help you navigate through the prismatic choices out there.
Gatsby is packed with a lot of features, has a rich ecosystem of plugins and is capable of doing everything that Docusaurus does. Naturally, that comes at a cost of a higher learning curve. Gatsby does many things well and is suitable for building many types of websites. On the other hand, Docusaurus tries to do one thing super well - be the best tool for writing and publishing content.
GraphQL is also pretty core to Gatsby, although you don't necessarily need GraphQL to build a Gatsby site. In most cases when building static websites, you won't need the flexibility that GraphQL provides.
Many aspects of Docusaurus 2 were inspired by the best things about Gatsby and it's a great alternative.
Docz is a Gatsby theme to build documentation website. It is currently less featured than Docusaurus.
Next.js is another very popular hybrid React framework. It can help you build a good documentation website, but it is not opinionated toward the documentation use-case, and it will require a lot more work to implement what Docusaurus provides out-of-the-box.
Nextra is an opinionated static-site-generator built on top of Next.js. It is currently less featured than Docusaurus.
VuePress has many similarities with Docusaurus - both focus heavily on content-centric website and provides tailored documentation features out of the box. However, VuePress is powered by Vue, while Docusaurus is powered by React. If you want a Vue-based solution, VuePress would be a decent choice.
MkDocs is a popular Python static-site-generator with value proposition similar to Docusaurus.
It is a good option if you don't need a single-page application, and don't plan to leverage React.
Material for MkDocs is a beautiful theme.
Docsify makes it easy to create a documentation website, but is not a static-site generator and is not SEO friendly.
GitBook has very clean design and has been used by many open source projects. With its focus shifting towards a commercial product rather than an open-source tool, many of its requirements no longer fit the needs as an open source project's documentation site. As a result, many have turned to other products. You may read about Redux's switch to Docusaurus here.
Currently, GitBook is only free for open-source and non-profit teams. Docusaurus is free for everyone.
Jekyll is one of the most mature static site generators around and has been a great tool to use — in fact, before Docusaurus, most of Facebook's Open Source websites are/were built on Jekyll! It is extremely simple to get started. We want to bring a similar developer experience as building a static site with Jekyll.
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If you find issues with the documentation or have suggestions on how to improve the documentation or the project in general, please file an issue for us, or send a tweet mentioning the @docusaurus Twitter account.
For new feature requests, you can create a post on our feature requests board (Canny), which is a handy tool for roadmapping and allows for sorting by upvotes, which gives the core team a better indicator of what features are in high demand, as compared to GitHub issues which are harder to triage. Refrain from making a Pull Request for new features (especially large ones) as someone might already be working on it or will be part of our roadmap. Talk to us first!