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Devii 😎

A blog starter for the modern developer

Next.js + React + TypeScript + Markdown + syntax highlighting = 🔥🔥🔥

Get started

To get started, clone the repo and start the development server:

git clone
cd devii
yarn dev

The default project only contains two pages: a home page (http://localhost:3000) and a sample blog post (http://localhost:3000/blog/test).

To add a new blog post, just add a new Markdown file under /md/blog.

Powered by Next.js

Devii is powered by Next.js. We chose Next.js because it's the simplest, most elegant way to generate a static version of a React-based website.

Check out the Next.js documentation here to make sure it's the right choice for your project.

Frontmatter support

Every Markdown file can include a "frontmatter block" containing metadata: title, subtitle, tags, date (timestamp), author, authorPhoto, bannerPhoto, and thumbnailPhoto.

You can dynamically load and parse a Markdown file using loadMarkdownFile, a utility function implemented in loader.ts. It is an async function that returns a PostData TypeScript object containing all the metadata keys listed above:

type PostData = {
  path: string;
  title?: string;
  subtitle?: string;
  content: string;
  date?: number;
  author?: string;
  authorPhoto?: string;
  tags?: string[];
  bannerPhoto?: string;
  thumbnailPhoto?: string;

TypeScript + React

Devii is entirely built with TypeScript and functional React components. Implementing any sort of interactive widget is often hard with Markdown-centric static-site generators, but Devii makes it easy to mix Markdown and React on the same page.

You can either:

  • Drop a string of Markdown content into the <Markdown source={'# Markdown!'}/> component
  • Load the content from the file system by passing a file path into loadMarkdownFile. loadMarkdownFile looks for a file at the provided path _within the /md directory. So loadMarkdownFile('') will look for a Markdown file at /md/

Medium-inspired design

The Markdown renderer (Markdown.tsx) provides a default style inspired by Medium. Just modify the CSS in Markdown.tsx to customize the design to your liking.

GitHub-style code blocks

You can easily drop code blocks into your blog posts using triple-backtick syntax (just like GitHub). No more embedding CodePen iframes! 🚀

Works out-of-the-box for all programming languages. Specify your language with a "language tag". So this:

  // pretty neat huh?
  const test: (arg: string) => boolean = (arg) => {
    return arg.length > 5;

turns into

// pretty neat huh?
const test: (arg: string) => boolean = (arg) => {
  return arg.length > 5;

Static generation

You can generate a fully static version of your site using yarn build && yarn export. This step is entirely powered by Next.js. The static site is exported to the out directory.

After its generated, use your static file hosting service of choice (Firebase Hosting, Amazon S3, Vercel) to deploy your site.

Insanely customizable

There's nothing "under the hood" here. You can view and modify all the files that provide the functionality listed above. Devii just provides a project scaffold, some Markdown-loading loading utilities (in loader.ts), and some sensible styling defaults (especially in Markdown.tsx).

To get started customizing, check out the source code of index.tsx (the home page), BlogPost.tsx (the blog post template), and Markdown.tsx (the Markdown renderer).

Head to the GitHub repo to get started: If you like this project, leave a ⭐️star⭐️ to help more people find Devii 😎


yarn dev

Starts the development server. Equivalent to next dev.

yarn build

Creates an optimized build of your site. Equivalent to next build.

yarn export

Exports your site to static files. All files are written to /out. Use your static file hosting service of choice (Firebase Hosting, Amazon S3, Vercel) to deploy your site. Equivalent to next export.

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