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Version: 2.0.0-beta.19

Docs Introduction

The docs feature provides users with a way to organize Markdown files in a hierarchical format.

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Check the Docs Plugin API Reference documentation for an exhaustive list of options.

Document ID​

Every document has a unique id. By default, a document id is the name of the document (without the extension) relative to the root docs directory.

For example, greeting.md id is greeting and guide/hello.md id is guide/hello.

website # Root directory of your site
└── docs
β”œβ”€β”€ greeting.md
└── guide
└── hello.md

However, the last part of the id can be defined by the user in the front matter. For example, if guide/hello.md's content is defined as below, its final id is guide/part1.

---
id: part1
---

Lorem ipsum

Customizing doc URLs​

By default, a document's URL location is its file path relative to the docs folder. Use the slug front matter to change a document's URL.

For example, suppose your site structure looks like this:

website # Root directory of your site
└── docs
└── guide
└── hello.md

By default hello.md will be available at /docs/guide/hello. You can change its URL location to /docs/bonjour:

---
slug: /bonjour
---

Lorem ipsum

slug will be appended to the doc plugin's routeBasePath, which is /docs by default. See Docs-only mode for how to remove the /docs part from the URL.

note

It is possible to use:

  • absolute slugs: slug: /mySlug, slug: /...
  • relative slugs: slug: mySlug, slug: ./../mySlug...

Home page docs​

If you want a document to be available at the root, and have a path like https://docusaurus.io/docs/, you can use the slug front matter:

---
id: my-home-doc
slug: /
---

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Docs-only mode​

A freshly initialized Docusaurus site has the following structure:

example.com/                                -> generated from `src/pages/index.js`

example.com/docs/intro -> generated from `docs/intro.md`
example.com/docs/tutorial-basics/... -> generated from `docs/tutorial-basics/...`
...

example.com/blog/2021/08/26/welcome -> generated from `blog/2021-08-26-welcome/index.md`
example.com/blog/2021/08/01/mdx-blog-post -> generated from `blog/2021-08-01-mdx-blog-post.mdx`
...

All docs will be served under the subroute docs/. But what if your site only has docs, or you want to prioritize your docs by putting them at the root?

Assume that you have the following in your configuration:

docusaurus.config.js
module.exports = {
// ...
presets: [
'@docusaurus/preset-classic',
{
docs: {
/* docs plugin options */
},
blog: {
/* blog plugin options */
},
// ...
},
],
};

To enter docs-only mode, change it to like this:

docusaurus.config.js
module.exports = {
// ...
presets: [
'@docusaurus/preset-classic',
{
docs: {
routeBasePath: '/', // Serve the docs at the site's root
/* other docs plugin options */
},
blog: false, // Optional: disable the blog plugin
// ...
},
],
};

Note that you don't necessarily have to give up on using the blog or other plugins; all that routeBasePath: '/' does is that instead of serving the docs through https://example.com/docs/some-doc, they are now at the site root: https://example.com/some-doc. The blog, if enabled, can still be accessed through the blog/ subroute.

Don't forget to put some page at the root (https://example.com/) through adding the front matter:

docs/intro.md
---
slug: /
---

This page will be the home page when users visit https://example.com/.
caution

If you added slug: / to a doc to make it the homepage, you should delete the existing homepage at ./src/pages/index.js, or else there will be two files mapping to the same route!

Now, the site's structure will be like the following:

example.com/                       -> generated from `docs/intro.md`
example.com/tutorial-basics/... -> generated from `docs/tutorial-basics/...`
...
tip

There's also a "blog-only mode" for those who only want to use the blog feature of Docusaurus 2. You can use the same method detailed above. Follow the setup instructions on Blog-only mode.