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


To install MkDocs, run the following command from the command line:

pip install mkdocs
> mkdocs -h
Usage: mkdocs [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  MkDocs - Project documentation with Markdown.

  -V, --version  Show the version and exit.
  -q, --quiet    Silence warnings
  -v, --verbose  Enable verbose output
  -h, --help     Show this message and exit.

  build      Build the MkDocs documentation
  gh-deploy  Deploy your documentation to GitHub Pages
  new        Create a new MkDocs project
  serve      Run the builtin development server
> mkdocs --version
mkdocs, version 1.5.1 from C:\Project\tmp\mkdocs1\.venv\lib\site-packages\mkdocs (Python 3.10)

For more details, see the Installation Guide.

Creating a new project

Getting started is super easy. To create a new project, run the following command from the command line:

mkdocs new my-project
cd my-project
$ tree
├── docs
│   └──
└── mkdocs.yml

There’s a single configuration file named mkdocs.yml, and a folder named docs that will contain your documentation source files (docs is the default value for the docs_dir configuration setting). Right now the docs folder just contains a single documentation page, named

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site_name: My Docs

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# Welcome to MkDocs

For full documentation visit [](

## Commands

* `mkdocs new [dir-name]` - Create a new project.
* `mkdocs serve` - Start the live-reloading docs server.
* `mkdocs build` - Build the documentation site.
* `mkdocs -h` - Print help message and exit.

## Project layout

    mkdocs.yml    # The configuration file.
    docs/  # The documentation homepage.
        ...       # Other markdown pages, images and other files.

MkDocs comes with a built-in dev-server that lets you preview your documentation as you work on it. Make sure you’re in the same directory as the mkdocs.yml configuration file, and then start the server by running the mkdocs serve command:

> mkdocs serve
INFO     -  Building documentation...
INFO     -  Cleaning site directory
INFO     -  Documentation built in 0.24 seconds
INFO     -  [21:14:45] Watching paths for changes: 'docs', 'mkdocs.yml'
INFO     -  [21:14:45] Serving on

Open up in your browser, and you’ll see the default home page being displayed:

Fenced code blocks

The fenced code blocks extension adds an alternate method of defining code blocks without indentation.

The first line should contain 3 or more backtick (`) characters, and the last line should contain the same number of backtick characters (`):

Fenced code blocks are like Standard
Markdown’s regular code blocks, except that
they’re not indented and instead rely on
start and end fence lines to delimit the
code block.

With this approach, the language can optionally be specified on the first line after the backticks which informs any syntax highlighters of the language used:

def fn():


main() {

Note that fenced code blocks can not be indented. Therefore, they cannot be nested inside list items, blockquotes, etc.

Building the site

That’s looking good. You’re ready to deploy the first pass of your MkLorum documentation. First build the documentation:

mkdocs build

This will create a new directory, named site. Take a look inside the directory:

$ ls site
about  fonts  index.html  license  search.html
css    img    js          mkdocs   sitemap.xml

Notice that your source documentation has been output as two HTML files named index.html and about/index.html. You also have various other media that’s been copied into the site directory as part of the documentation theme. You even have a sitemap.xml file and mkdocs/search_index.json.

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 .gitignore file.

echo "site/" >> .gitignore

If you’re using another source code control tool you’ll want to check its documentation on how to ignore specific directories.