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Creating your site

After you've installed Material for MkDocs, you can bootstrap your project documentation using the mkdocs executable. Go to the directory where you want your project to be located and enter:

mkdocs new .

Alternatively, if you're running Material for MkDocs from within Docker, use:

docker run --rm -it -v ${PWD}:/docs squidfunk/mkdocs-material new .
docker run --rm -it -v "%cd%":/docs squidfunk/mkdocs-material new .

This will create the following structure:

.
├─ docs/
│  └─ index.md
└─ mkdocs.yml

Configuration

Minimal configuration

Simply add the following lines to mkdocs.yml to enable the theme. Note that since there are several installation methods, minimal configuration might be slightly different:

theme:
  name: material
theme:
  name: null
  custom_dir: mkdocs-material/material

  # 404 page
  static_templates:
    - 404.html

  # Necessary for search to work properly
  include_search_page: false
  search_index_only: true

  # Default values, taken from mkdocs_theme.yml
  language: en
  font:
    text: Roboto
    code: Roboto Mono
  favicon: assets/favicon.png
  icon:
    logo: logo

When you clone from GitHub, you must list all of the themes' defaults explicitly, because mkdocs_theme.yml is not loaded automatically as described in the custom theme guide.

Advanced configuration

Material for MkDocs comes with many configuration options. The setup section explains in great detail how to configure and customize colors, fonts, icons and much more:

Previewing as you write

MkDocs includes a live preview server, so you can preview your changes as you write your documentation. The server will automatically rebuild the site upon saving. Start it with:

mkdocs serve

If you're running Material for MkDocs from within Docker, use:

docker run --rm -it -p 8000:8000 -v ${PWD}:/docs squidfunk/mkdocs-material
docker run --rm -it -p 8000:8000 -v "%cd%":/docs squidfunk/mkdocs-material

Point your browser to localhost:8000 and you should see:

Creating your site

Building your site

When you're finished editing, you can build a static site from your Markdown files with:

mkdocs build

The contents of this directory make up your project documentation. There's no need for operating a database or server, as it is completely self-contained. The site can be hosted on GitHub Pages, GitLab Pages, a CDN of your choice or your private web space.

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