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Docsy is a Hugo theme for technical documentation sets, providing simple navigation, site structure, and more.

This is not an officially supported Google product. This project is actively being maintained.


The following are basic prerequisites for using Docsy in your site:

  • Install a recent release of the Hugo "extended" version (we recommend version 0.53 or later). If you install from the release page, make sure you download the _extended version which supports SCSS.

  • Install PostCSS so that the site build can create the final CSS assets. You can install it locally by running the following commands from the root directory of your project:

    sudo npm install -D --save autoprefixer
    sudo npm install -D --save postcss-cli

Example and usage

You can find an example project that uses Docsy in the Docsy Example Project repo.The Docsy Example Project is hosted at For real-life examples of sites that use Docsy (and their source repos), see our Examples page.

To use the Docsy theme for your own site:

  • (Recommended) Use the example project, which includes the Docsy theme as a submodule, as a template to create your project. You can customize this pre-configured basic site into your own Docsy themed site. Learn more...

  • Add Docsy to your existing Hugo site repo's themes directory. You can either add Docsy as a Git submodule, or clone the Docsy theme into your project.

See the Docsy Getting Started Guide for details about the various usage options.


Docsy has its own user guide (using Docsy, of course!) with lots more information about using the theme, which you can find at Alternatively you can use Hugo to generate and serve a local copy of the guide (also useful for testing local theme changes), making sure you have installed all the prerequisites listed above:

git clone --recurse-submodules --depth 1
cd docsy/userguide/
hugo server --themesDir ../..

Note: you need the themesDir flag when running Hugo because the site files are inside the theme repo.

Contributing GitHub

Please read for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us. See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.

License GitHub

This project is licensed under the Apache License 2.0 - see the file for details