Material for MkDocs follows the sponsorware release strategy, which means that new features are first exclusively released to sponsors as part of Insiders. Read on to learn how sponsorship works, and how easy it is to get access to Insiders.
How sponsorship works¶
New features first land in Insiders, so eligible sponsors have immediate access. Every feature is tied to a funding goal in monthly subscriptions. When a funding goal is hit, the features that are tied to it are merged back into Material for MkDocs and released for general availability. Bugfixes are always released simultaneously in both editions.1
Don't want to sponsor? No problem, Material for MkDocs already has tons of features available, so chances are that most of your requirements are already satisfied. See the list of exclusive features to learn which features are currently only available to sponsors.
How to become a sponsor¶
You can become an eligible sponsor with your individual or organization's GitHub account. Visit squidfunk's sponsor profile, pick any tier from $10/month2, and complete the checkout. Then, after a few hours, @squidfunk will add you as a collaborator to the super-secret private GitHub repositority containing the Insiders edition, which contains all brand new and exclusive features.
Important: If you're sponsoring @squidfunk through a GitHub organization, please send a short email to email@example.com with the name of your organization and the account that should be added as a collaborator.3
You can cancel your sponsorship anytime.4
The following features are currently exclusively available to sponsors:
- Linking content tabs
- Boosting pages in search
- Tags (with search integration)
- Stay on page when switching versions
- Version warning
- Custom admonition icons
- Code block annotations
- Anchor tracking
- Section index pages
- Sticky navigation tabs
- Mermaid.js integration
- Search suggestions
- Search highlighting
- Search sharing
- Remove generator notice
New features are added to this list every few weeks, so be sure to come back from time to time to learn about what's new, or follow @squidfunk on Twitter to stay updated.
Following is a list of funding goals. When a funding goal is hit, the features that are tied to it are merged back into Material for MkDocs and released to the public for general availability.
$ 2,500 – Biquinho Vermelho¶
$ 3,000 – Caribbean Red¶
$ 4,000 – Ghost Pepper¶
$ 5,000 – Aji Panca¶
$ 6,000 – Trinidad Scorpion¶
- Boosting pages in search
- Improved search result summaries
- Stay on page when switching languages
$ 7,000 – Royal Gold¶
- Table of contents auto-collapse
- Table of contents follows active anchor
- Native lightbox integration
$ 8,000 – Scotch Bonnet¶
- Material for MkDocs Live Edit
- New layouts and styles
- Code block palette toggle
$ 2,000 – Black Pearl¶
$ 1,500 – Bhut Jolokia¶
$ 1,000 – Prairie Fire¶
- Navigation sections
- Navigation expansion
- Hiding the sidebars
- Table of contents in navigation
- Header hides on scroll
$ 500 – Madame Jeanette¶
- Improved search result grouping
- Improved search result relevance and scoring
- Missing query terms in search results
Frequently asked questions¶
We're running an open source project and want to make sure that users can build the documentation without having access to Insiders. Is this still possible?
Yes. Insiders is compatible with Material for MkDocs. All new features are implemented behind feature flags; all configuration changes are backward-compatible. This means that your users will be able to build the documentation locally with Material for MkDocs and when they push their changes, it can be built with Insiders (e.g. as part of GitHub Actions). Thus, it's recommended to install Insiders only in CI, as you don't want to expose your
GH_TOKEN to users.
We don't want to pay for sponsorship every month. Are there any other options?
Yes. You can sponsor on a yearly basis by switching your GitHub account to a yearly billing cycle. If for some reason you cannot do that, you could also create a dedicated GitHub account with a yearly billing cycle, which you only use for sponsoring (some sponsors already do that).
One-time payments are not eligible for Insiders.
We're using Material for MkDocs to build the developer documentation of a commercial project. Can we use Insiders under the same terms and conditions?
Yes. Whether you're an individual or a company, you may use Material for MkDocs Insiders precisely under the same terms as Material for MkDocs, which are given by the MIT license. However, we kindly ask you to respect the following guidelines:
Please don't distribute the source code of Insiders. You may freely use it for public, private or commercial projects, fork it, mirror it, do whatever you want with it, but please don't release the source code, as it would counteract the sponsorware strategy.
If you cancel your subscription, you're removed as a collaborator and will miss out on future updates of Insiders. However, you may use the latest version that's available to you as long as you like. Just remember that GitHub deletes private forks.
You may ask yourself why you should pay for something that is Open Source. Doesn't that contradict the ethos of Open Source software? Yes and no. Yes, some features are locked behind a monthly subscription, which means they are only accessible when paying a small amount of money. No, the features are only exclusive for a short time until specific funding goals are hit. Making an Open Source project sustainable is exceptionally hard: maintainers burn out, projects are abandoned. That's not great and very unpredictable. The sponsorware model ensures that if you decide to use Material for MkDocs, you can be sure that bugs are fixed quickly and new features are added regularly. ↩
Note that $10/month is the minimum amount to become eligible for Insiders. If you sponsor with a lower amount, it's still very much appreciated, but you won't be granted access to Insiders. Custom amounts of $10+ are also eligible. ↩
It's currently not possible to grant access to each member of an organization, as GitHub only allows for adding users. Thus, after sponsoring, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which account should become a collaborator of the Insiders repository. We're working on a solution which will make access to organizations much simpler. To ensure that access is not tied to a particular individual GitHub account, create a bot account (i.e. a GitHub account that is not tied to a specific individual), and use this account for the sponsoring. After being added to the list of collaborators, the bot account can create a private fork of the private Insiders GitHub repository, and grant access to all members of the organizations. ↩
If you cancel your sponsorship, GitHub schedules a cancellation request which will become effective at the end of the billing cycle. This means that even though you cancel your sponsorship, you will keep your access to Insiders as long as your cancellation isn't effective. All charges are processed by GitHub through Stripe. As we don't receive any information regarding your payment, and GitHub doesn't offer refunds, sponsorships are non-refundable. ↩