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Table of Contents (nesting) Eleventy Plugin


This Eleventy plugin will generate a (property nested) TOC from page content using an Eleventy filter.


<h1>Hello, World</h1>
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<h2 id="greetings-from-mars">Greetings from Mars</h2>
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<h3 id="the-red-planet">The red planet</h3>
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<h2 id="greetings-from-pluto">Greetings from Pluto</h2>

Generated TOC:

<nav class="toc">
    <li><a href="#greetings-from-mars">Greetings from Mars</a></li>
        <li><a href="#the-red-planet">The red planet</a></li>
    <li><a href="#greetings-from-pluto">Greetings from Pluto</a></li>

This Readme


const defaults = {
  tags: ['h2', 'h3', 'h4'], // Which heading tags are selected (headings must each have an ID attribute)
  ignoredElements: [],  // Elements to ignore when constructing the label for every header (useful for ignoring permalinks, must be selectors)
  wrapper: 'nav',       // Element to put around the root `ol`
  wrapperClass: 'toc',  // Class for the element around the root `ol`
  headingText: '',      // Optional text to show in heading above the wrapper element
  headingTag: 'h2'      // Heading tag when showing heading above the wrapper element


npm i --save eleventy-plugin-nesting-toc


Adding it to the Eleventy Engine

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your heading tags will need to have ids on them, so that the TOC can provide proper anchor links to them. Eleventy does not do this for you ootb. You can use a plugin like markdown-it-anchor to add those ids to the headings automagically

// .eleventy.js
module.exports = function (eleventyConfig) {
+ const pluginTOC = require('eleventy-plugin-nesting-toc');
+ eleventyConfig.addPlugin(pluginTOC);

  // Example Markdown configuration (to add IDs to the headers)
  const markdownIt = require('markdown-it');
  const markdownItAnchor = require('markdown-it-anchor');
          html: true,
          linkify: true,
          typographer: true,
      }).use(markdownItAnchor, {})

Using the provided filter

  {{ content | toc | safe }}
  {{ content }}


You can override any of the options at the time that you call it, or when you add it to the eleventy engine. All the options will be merged together, with the precedence being when invoking the filter > .eleventy.js > defaults.

Override the defaults for your whole site:

module.exports = function (eleventyConfig) {
+ const pluginTOC = require('eleventy-plugin-nesting-toc');
+ eleventyConfig.addPlugin(pluginTOC, {tags: ['h2']});

And override those just for one template, as it's being invoked

  {{ content | toc(tags=['h2', 'h3'], wrapperClass='fixed toc') | safe }}

If you have specific headings which you don't want to be included in the TOC, you can add the data-toc-exclude attribute to exclude these headings.

One way to add this attribute is via the use of the markdown-it-attrs npm package.

### Level 3 heading to ignore {data-toc-exclude}


A few things must be in place for this to work properly, and provide the proper nested structure

  • The first matched heading on the page should be the topmost. Don't put an h3 before an h2.
  • you can only use actual heading tags. Don't use tags=['section'], etc.


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