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Documentation for Decred.


dcrdocs is built with MkDocs. In order to install MkDocs you will need Python installed on your system, as well as the Python package manager, pip. You can check if you have these already installed from the command line:

$ python --version
Python 2.7.6
$ pip --version
pip 8.1.1

MkDocs supports Python versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5.

On Windows it is recommended that you install Python and pip with Chocolatey.

Install the mkdocs package, mkdocs-bootswatch themes, and fontawesome packages using pip:

$ pip install --user -r requirements.txt

Getting started

Getting started is super easy.

$ cd dcrdocs

There is a single configuration file named mkdocs.yml, and a folder named docs that will contain the documentation source files. MkDocs comes with a built-in dev-server that lets you preview the documentation as you work on it. Make sure you are in the same directory as the mkdocs.yml configuration file, and then start the server by running the mkdocs serve command:

$ mkdocs serve
INFO    -  Building documentation...
INFO    -  Cleaning site directory
[I 160402 15:50:43 server:271] Serving on
[I 160402 15:50:43 handlers:58] Start watching changes
[I 160402 15:50:43 handlers:60] Start detecting changes

Open up in your browser, and you will see the default home page being displayed. The dev-server also supports auto-reloading, and will rebuild your documentation whenever anything in the configuration file, documentation directory, or theme directory changes.

Building the site

To deploy dcrdocs, first build the documentation:

$ mkdocs build

This will create a new directory, named site. After some time, files may be removed from the documentation but they will still reside in the site directory. To remove those stale files, just run mkdocs with the --clean switch.

$ mkdocs build --clean

To view a list of options available on a given command, use the --help flag with that command. For example, to get a list of all options available for the build command run the following:

$ mkdocs build --help


The version of dcrdocs that you just built only uses static files which are all contained in the site/, directory so you will be able to host it from pretty much anywhere. You can view a live version of the documentation at


dcrdocs can also be hosted in a docker container. Build the container using

$ ./

The container can then be run with

$ docker run -d --rm -p <local port>:80 decred/dcrdocs:latest


The below commands must be run when either the content changes or there are updates in the translations in Transifex. You'll first need to install the Transifex client.

Downloading web site code

Make sure you have git installed.

git clone
cd dcrweb;

Importing new translations and content updates

When translations are added/updated in Transifex, pull the updates:

npm run transifex:pull

When you run this for the first time, you'll be asked to log in with your Transifex username/password.

To push the changes to staging:

git commit -m'Translation update'
git push origin

This triggers the update on the staging site, which will be rebuilt usually in a few minutes (give it 5):

Updating the message catalog

When the master content changes in the HTML files, you'll need to re-generate the message catalog and push it to Transifex so that translators can update the localized message catalogs. After adding new content or making changes, be sure to validate the Markdown files in order to avoid issues while importing the catalogs.

npm run lint

If there are any errors, fix the files before continuing. Once the lint command displays no errors, proceed to uploading the message catalog:

npm run transifex:push

Adding a new language

  1. Add the new language in Transifex
  2. In the repository folder, run npm run transifex:pull, and once it completes, add the resulting new files to git: git add src/i18n
  3. Commit files to git + push to repo

Getting help

To get help with dcrdocs, please use the forum, GitHub issues, or the Decred development IRC channel #decred-dev on freenode.