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Generate beautiful markdown-based documentation using Grunt


Generate beautiful markdown-based documentation using Grunt

This plugin helps you to generate beautiful documentation based on markdown files using Beautiful docs from Grunt

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-beautiful-docs --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile:


This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.0

Run this task with the grunt bfdocs command.

Task targets, files and options may be specified according to the grunt Configuring tasks guide

  bfdocs: {
    documentation: {
      options: {
        title: 'My Beautiful Documentation',
        manifest: 'manifest.json',
        dest: 'documentation/',
        theme: 'default'

Example manifest.json:

    "title": "My Beautiful Documentation",
    "files": [

See Gruntfile and test for more configuration examples

Type: string Default: null

Path to the documentation output directory.

Usually you should use the Grunt file config object to define the destination output directory, but if you declare this option, it will have preference

Type: string|object|array Default: null

It can be an object like the manifest config or a string with the path to manifest.json file

For more information about manifest.json config options, see the Beautiful Docs documentation

Type: boolean Default: false

Create an HTTP server to access the generated documentation

Type: number Default: '8080'

The port on which the HTTP server shoud listen. It will be used only if the server option is true

Type: boolean Default: false

Watch files for modifications and reload them automatically

Type: string Default: 'default'

Name of bundled theme or path to custom theme

Type: string Default: 'Beautiful docs'

Title of the index page. It can be also defined from the manifest.json file

Type: string Default: ''

Base url of all links

Type: boolean Default: false

Only generate the index file. The last argument should be the filename of the index

Type: boolean Default: false

Do not treat the last argument as the output dir but also as a manifest

Type: string Default: node_modules/beautiful-docs/bin/bfdocs

Use a custom beautiful-docs binary path

Instead of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style.

Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality

Clone the repository

$ git clone && cd grunt-beautiful-docs

Install dependencies

$ npm install

Run tests

$ npm test
  • 0.1.0 2013-12-12
    • Initial release

Do you miss something? Open an issue or make a PR!

Copyright (c) 2013 Tomas Aparicio

Released under MIT license