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Generate your project's readme with verb. Requires verb v0.9.0 or higher.

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Table of Contents


(TOC generated by verb using markdown-toc)

What is this?

This is a plugin for verb, for automatically generating a file using

Why use this?

Encourages readme-driven development!

Heads up!

This generator requires verb 0.9.0 and up, which is currently on the dev branch. If you're willing to put up with occassional bugs and would like to provide helpful feedback, install verb with the following command:

$ npm install --global "verbose/verb#dev"

What is verb?

Verb is a powerful, open-source developer framework and documentation build-system for GitHub projects.


Built on node.js, Verb's API is crafted around the purpose of simplifying how documentation is specified, authored, rendered and generated. The core verb application offers methods for rendering templates, working with the file system, registering and running tasks, and verb can be extended to do anything else using plugins.


Once installed globally, verb's CLI is run using the verb command.


Each time the verb command is run, verb's CLI looks for a verbfile.js in the user's current working directory and if found will try to load the file and execute any tasks specified by the user.

If verb-generate-readme is installed (locally or globally), and a verbfile.js is not found, verb's CLI looks for a readme template in the user's current working directory. If found, verb will render the file to create a using data from the user's environment, such as package.json and .git config (for username, if necessary).

Visit the verb project to learn more.

Getting started

Installing the CLI

To run the readme generator from the command line, you'll need to first install verb globally first. You can that now with the following command:

$ npm install --global verb

This adds the verb command to your system path, allowing it to be run from any directory. Visit the verb project and documentation to learn more.

Run the readme generator from the command line

Once both verb and verb-generate-readme are installed globally, you can run the generator with the following command:

Run the readme generator from the command line:

$ verb readme

Command line


The following tasks are defined on verb-generate-readme.


Alias for the readme task, generates a to the user's working directory.


$ verb readme


Generate and fix missing reflinks.


$ verb readme


Configuration options can be:

  • passed on the command line
  • defined on the verb object in package.json, or
  • set directly using the API

Most of the following examples show how to set configuration values on the verb object via the command line, but you can also set these manually.


To automatically run the readme generator with the verb command (without specifying readme on the command line), add the following to package.json:

// --package.json--
  // add a verb object with an array of tasks to run
  "verb": {
    "tasks": ["readme"]


Mute progress for tasks and generators from being displayed in the terminal.


$ verb --silent

verb config

In your project's package.json:

  "verb": {
    "silent": true


In your verbfile.js or application code:

// equivalent to
app.option('silent', true);


running tasks and generators

With --silent

running tasks and generators with the silent flag


Customize the location of your readme template.


$ verb --readme="lib/"

verb config

In your project's package.json:

  "verb": {
    "readme": "docs/"


Display all timings that are typically muted in the terminal.


$ verb --times

verb config

Always show timings for a project by adding the following to package.json:

  "verb": {
    "times": true


In your verbfile.js or application code:

// equivalent to
app.option('times', true);


Disable or enable the Table of Contents in the built-in layouts:


Set in-memory options for the current run only:

# enable 
$ verb --toc
# disable 
$ verb --toc:false

Persist options to package.json:

# enable 
$ verb --config=toc
# disable 
$ verb --config=toc:false

Results in:

  "name": "my-project",
  "verb": {
    "toc": false


Disable reflinks caching.

$ verb --no-reflinks-cache


Set the layout to use for a project.

$ verb --config=layout:default

Available layouts

As with all templates, you can easily override these and/or define your own templates in a verbfile.js. Verb does much more than generate readme's!

The following layouts are available:

  • default: a layout with installation, tests, author, usage, related list, contributing and license sections.
  • global: same as default, but with global npm installation instructions (verb-generate-readme uses this layout)
  • empty: noop layout. no content is applied, but all layout-related middleware stages will still run.

Layouts can be defined on a template-by-template basic, and even for includes. If you need more granularity just add a verbfile.js with your custom code.



Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

Running Tests

Running and reviewing unit tests is a great way to get familiarized with a library and its API. You can install dependencies and run tests with the following command:

$ npm install && npm test
Building docs

(This project's is generated by verb, please don't edit the readme directly. Any changes to the readme must be made in the readme template.)

To generate the readme, run the following command:

$ npm install -g verbose/verb#dev verb-generate-readme && verb

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This file was generated by verb-generate-readme, v0.6.0, on August 09, 2018.

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