gatsby gitbook starter

Kick off your project with this starter to create a powerful/flexible docs/tutorial web apps.


We wanted to create a GraphQL tutorial series. The content would be written by developers for various languages/frameworks and what better than writing it in Markdown! And since this is a tutorial series we also needed rich embeds, syntax highlighting and more customisations.

We also wanted to serve these tutorials in sub paths of To serve all these requirements, we decided to use Gatsby + MDX (Markdown + JSX) to extend markdown and used a neat consistent theme like the one at GitBook and deployed as docker containers.

🔥 Features

  • Write using Markdown / MDX
  • GitBook style theme
  • Syntax Highlighting using Prism [Bonus: Code diff highlighting]
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • Automatically generated sidebar navigation, table of contents, previous/next
  • Edit on Github
  • Fully customisable
  • Rich embeds and live code editor using MDX
  • Easy deployment: Deploy on Netlify / / Docker

🚀 Quickstart

Get started by running the following commands:

$ git clone [email protected]:hasura/gatsby-gitbook-starter.git
$ npm install
$ npm start

Visit http://localhost:8000/ to view the app.

🔧 Configure

Write markdown files in content folder.

Open config.js for templating variables. Broadly configuration is available for gatsby, header, sidebar and siteMetadata.

  • gatsby config for global configuration like

    • pathPrefix - Gatsby Path Prefix
    • siteUrl - Gatsby Site URL
    • gaTrackingId - Google Analytics Tracking ID
  • header config for site header configuration like

    • title - The title that appears on the top left
    • githubUrl - The Github URL for the docs website
    • helpUrl - Help URL for pointing to resources
    • tweetText - Tweet text
    • links - Links on the top right
  • sidebar config for navigation links configuration

    • forcedNavOrder for left sidebar navigation order. It should be in the format "/"
    • links - Links on the bottom left of the sidebar
  • siteMetadata config for website related configuration

    • title - Title of the website
    • description - Description of the website
    • ogImage - Social Media share og:image tag
    • docsLocation - The Github URL for Edit on Github
  • For sub nesting in left sidebar, create a folder with the same name as the top level .md filename and the sub navigation is auto-generated. Currently it supports only one level of nesting. The sub navigation is alphabetically ordered.

Live Code Editor

To render react components for live editing, add the react-live=true to the code section. For example:

<button>Edit my text</button>

In the above code, just add javascript react-live=true after the triple quote ``` to start rendering react components that can be edited by users.

🤖 SEO friendly

This is a static site and comes with all the SEO benefits. Configure meta tags like title and description for each markdown file using MDX Frontmatter

title: "Title of the page"
metaTitle: "Meta Title Tag for this page"
metaDescription: "Meta Description Tag for this page"

Canonical URLs are generated automatically.