Welcome to Grundgesetz. It's a skeleton for generating accessible documentation pages built on top of Gatsby. It creates static pages from your Markdown documentation files, all prettily formatted with a easy-to-use layout.

Grundgesetz is initially built to solve internal issues in managing documentation for our products at, but at the same we also found out that it's a good base for quickly deploying a documentation site online, so we put this up for everyone to use.

Just Your Docs

Grundgesetz is set up for you to get up and running straight away. All your docs are written in Markdown and go inside the /docs folder. The table of contents is managed through a JSON file.

It will generate permalinks based on the directory tree, but you can override it anytime by setting a permalink frontmatter.

Instantly Deployable

Have an instance of Grundgesetz set up on GitHub? You can easily deploy it using the built-in deploy task. You can also set up a continuous deployment pipeline for hosting providers like Netlify.

Blazing Fast

Grundgesetz is built on top of Gatsby, a blazing-fast static site generator for React. Want to learn more about Gatsby? Click here.

Also, putting the words "blazing fast" into any project's README seems to attract a lot of folks lately.

Geting Started


  • Node.js (8.0.0+)
  • Yarn (Optional. You can still use npm if you want, but this is for your own sanity.)

Initializing the Project

Grundgesetz is built on top of Gatsby. The best way to set it up is to install gatsby-cli. To install it, run the following command.

# npmnpm install -g gatsby-cli # yarnyarn global add gatsby-cli

Now we have gatsby-cli installed, we can now create a project based on the Grundgesetz skeleton by running:

gatsby new project-name

Congratulations, you have now bootstrapped Grundgesetz!

The project is generated in your folder of choice (in this case project-name). In the next section, we will start writing our documentation on-the-fly with the development server.

Running the server

Now that we have the project set up, let's cd to the generated project. Here we'll have to install our node dependencies. To do so, run the following command.

# npmnpm install # yarnyarn

To start working on our documentation, we need to start a development server.

# npmnpm dev # yarnyarn dev

The command above will start a development server with hot-reloading capabilities on localhost:8000. From now on, you can start writing your documentation with ease. In the next section, we will learn how to build your pages and deploy them.