Quick start

It is recommended to install docsify-cli globally, which helps initializing and previewing the website locally.

npm i docsify-cli -g

Initialize

If you want to write the documentation in the ./docs subdirectory, you can use the init command.

docsify init ./docs

Writing content

After the init is complete, you can see the file list in the ./docs subdirectory.

  • index.html as the entry file
  • README.md as the home page
  • .nojekyll prevents GitHub Pages from ignoring files that begin with an underscore

You can easily update the documentation in ./docs/README.md, of course you can add more pages.

Preview your site

Run the local server with docsify serve. You can preview your site in your browser on http://localhost:3000.

docsify serve docs

For more use cases of docsify-cli, head over to the docsify-cli documentation.

Manual initialization

If you don't like npm or have trouble installing the tool, you can manually create index.html:

<!-- index.html -->

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1">
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/docsify@4/themes/vue.css" />
</head>
<body>
  <div id="app"></div>
  <script>
    window.$docsify = {
      //...
    }
  </script>
  <script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/docsify@4"></script>
</body>
</html>

Specifying docsify versions

Note that in both of the examples below, docsify URLs will need to be manually updated when a new major version of docsify is released (e.g. v4.x.x => v5.x.x). Check the docsify website periodically to see if a new major version has been released.

Specifying a major version in the URL (@4) will allow your site will receive non-breaking enhancements (i.e. "minor" updates) and bug fixes (i.e. "patch" updates) automatically. This is the recommended way to load docsify resources.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/docsify@4/themes/vue.css" />
<script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/docsify@4"></script>

If you prefer to lock docsify to a specific version, specify the full version after the @ symbol in the URL. This is the safest way to ensure your site will look and behave the same way regardless of any changes made to future versions of docsify.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/docsify@4.11.4/themes/vue.css">
<script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/docsify@4.11.4"></script>

Manually preview your site

If you installed python on your system, you can easily use it to run a static server to preview your site.

cd docs && python -m SimpleHTTPServer 3000

Loading dialog

If you want, you can show a loading dialog before docsify starts to render your documentation:

<!-- index.html -->

<div id="app">Please wait...</div>

You should set the data-app attribute if you changed el:

<!-- index.html -->

<div data-app id="main">Please wait...</div>

  <script>
    window.$docsify = {
      el: '#main'
    }
  </script>

Compare el configuration.