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Getting started

Material for MkDocs is a theme for MkDocs, a static site generator geared towards (technical) project documentation. If you're familiar with Python, you can install Material for MkDocs with pip, the Python package manager. If not, we recommended using docker.

Installation

with pip recommended

Material for MkDocs can be installed with pip:

pip install mkdocs-material
pip install mkdocs-material=="8.*" #(1)!
  1. Material for MkDocs uses semantic versioning1, which is why it's a good idea to limit upgrades to the current major version.

    This will make sure that you don't accidentally upgrade to the next major version, which may include breaking changes that silently break your site. Additionally, you can use pip freeze to create a lockfile, so builds are reproducible at all times:

    pip freeze > requirements.txt
    

    Now, the lockfile can be used for installation:

    pip install -r requirements.txt
    

This will automatically install compatible versions of all dependencies: MkDocs, Markdown, Pygments and Python Markdown Extensions. Material for MkDocs always strives to support the latest versions, so there's no need to install those packages separately.

with docker

The official Docker image is a great way to get up and running in a few minutes, as it comes with all dependencies pre-installed. Pull the image for the latest version with:

docker pull squidfunk/mkdocs-material
docker pull squidfunk/mkdocs-material:8

The mkdocs executable is provided as an entry point and serve is the default command. If you're not familiar with Docker don't worry, we have you covered in the following sections.

The following plugins are bundled with the Docker image:

How to add plugins to the Docker image?

Material for MkDocs only bundles selected plugins in order to keep the size of the official image small. If the plugin you want to use is not included, create a new Dockerfile and extend the official Docker image:

FROM squidfunk/mkdocs-material
RUN pip install ...

Next, you can build the image with the following command:

docker build -t squidfunk/mkdocs-material .

The new image can be used exactly like the official image.

Apple Silicon (M1) and Raspberry Pi

The official Docker image is only available for linux/amd64. We recommend the third-party image by @afritzler if you want to run Material for MkDocs via Docker on arm64 or armv7, as it is automatically built on every release:

docker pull ghcr.io/afritzler/mkdocs-material

with git

Material for MkDocs can be directly used from GitHub by cloning the repository into a subfolder of your project root which might be useful if you want to use the very latest version:

git clone https://github.com/squidfunk/mkdocs-material.git

The theme will reside in the folder mkdocs-material/material. When cloning from git, you must install all required dependencies yourself:

pip install -e mkdocs-material

  1. Note that improvements of existing features are sometimes released as patch releases, like for example improved rendering of content tabs, as they're not considered to be new features. 

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