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Scholar Theme

Scholar is an academic-focused theme, for publishing papers, articles, books, documentation, your blog, and even your resumé, with Grav.


  • Extensible Components, Layouts and template-partials, Styles, API
  • Responsive Layouts, multiple Styles
    • Print-friendly
  • Performant, light on resources
  • Accessible, tested against WCAG AA, Section 508, and best practices
    • Navigable by keyboard and screen readers
    • Readable contrast across Styles
    • Clean, declarative HTML-structure with semantic labels
  • Automated Evergreen-browser compatibility
  • Compatible with a static setup
  • Dynamic functionality for Data, Embed, Print, and Search Pages

A demonstration is available at, and its full contents are on GitHub.



Option Default Description
enabled true Enable theme
style metal Default Style to load
toolbar.breadcrumbs true Enable breadcrumbs in toolbar true Enable search-field in toolbar
toolbar.navigation true Enable navigation-drawer in toolbar
css true Load theme's CSS
js true Load theme's JS
itemize true Assign indices to paragraphs
linked_data true Generated Linked Data
highlighter true Highlight code
highlighter_theme enlighter Theme for highlighter
components [List] List of components to enable
router true Enable dynamic routes
routes [Dict] Key-value list of routes
api [Dict] Hierarchical key-value list of classes to use
flexsearch [Dict] Options for FlexSearch
flexsearch.enabled true Enable FlexSearch


Version 3.0.0 and higher

This major-version update targets compatibility with Grav Core 1.7, and also updates and changes some internals.

Grav Package Manager

The simplest way to install this theme is via the Grav Package Manager (GPM) through your system's Terminal -- also called the command line. From the root of your Grav install type:

bin/gpm install scholar

This will install the Scholar-theme into your /user/themes directory within Grav. Its files can be found under /your/site/grav/user/themes/scholar.

Manual Installation

To install this theme, just download the zip version of this repository and unzip it under /your/site/grav/user/themes. Then, rename the folder to scholar.

You should now have all the theme files under


This theme started as a clone of Paul Hibbitt's Learn2 with Git Sync-theme, which is a customized version of the Learn2-theme, and drew inspiration from HTML5Up's Future Imperfect template. As this theme decouples and supercedes most of the logic in either, it is rebranded as Scholar. It also goes much further in what a documentation-theme can be and do.

Advanced Usage




  • Evaluate metadata text-wrapping
  • Search: Replace with engine-agnostic approach, decoupling into a plugin