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HTML5 Boilerplate is a professional front-end template for building fast, robust, and adaptable web apps or sites.

This project is the product of over 10 years of iterative development and community knowledge. It does not impose a specific development philosophy or framework, so you're free to architect your code in the way that you want.

About This Repository

This repository is where HTML5-Boilerplate is authored. Some of the tools, files and processes that you see here are solely for the production of HTML5 Boilerplate and are not part of HTML5 Boilerplate. For one example, the gulpfile.mjs script is used to build the project. It's not part of the project itself.

The project we publish is represented by the contents of the /dist/ folder. Everything else in this repository is used to author the project.

Think of it this way, in the same way that you don't clone vuejs/core to create a Vue.js app, you don't need to clone this repository to start a new site or app based on HTML5 Boilerplate.

So, if you're looking for a quick start template to build a website or application, look at the options in the Quick Start section of this document.

If you want to help us improve HTML5 Boilerplate then you can start with the documentation here, which includes steps to clone this repo in order to get it set up for development.

Quick Start

Choose one of the following options:

  • Using the create-html5-boilerplate script, instantly fetch the latest npm published package (or any version available on npm) with npx, npm init or yarn create without having to install any dependencies. Running the following npx command installs the latest version into a folder called new-site

    npx create-html5-boilerplate new-site
    cd new-site
    npm install
    npm run start
  • Using our new Template Repository create a new GitHub repository based on the latest code from the main branch of HTML5 Boilerplate.

  • Install with npm: npm install html5-boilerplate or yarn: yarn add html5-boilerplate. The resulting node_modules/html5-boilerplate/dist folder represents the latest version of the project for end users. Depending on what you want to use and how you want to use it, you may have to copy and paste the contents of that folder into your project directory.

  • Download the latest stable release from here. This zip file is a snapshot of the dist folder. On Windows, Mac and from the file manager on Linux unzipping this folder will output to a folder named something like html5-boilerplate_v9.0.0. From the command-line, you will need to create a folder and unzip the contents into that folder.

    mkdir html5-boilerplate
    unzip html5-boilerplate*.zip -d html5-boilerplate


  • A finely-tuned starter template: Reap the benefits of 10 years of analysis, research and experimentation by over 200 contributors.
  • Designed with progressive enhancement in mind.
  • Includes:
    • Placeholder Open Graph elements and attributes.
    • An example package.json file with WebPack commands built in to jumpstart application development.
    • Placeholder CSS Media Queries.
    • Useful CSS helper classes.
    • Default print styles, performance optimized.
    • "Delete-key friendly." Easy to strip out parts you don't need.
    • Extensive documentation.

Browser Support

HTML5-Boilerplate supports the latest, stable releases of all major browsers.

Check the default configuration from Browserslist for more details on browsers and versions covered.


Take a look at the documentation table of contents. This documentation is bundled with the project which makes it available for offline reading and provides a useful starting point for any documentation you want to write about your project.


Hundreds of developers have helped to make the HTML5 Boilerplate. Anyone is welcome to contribute. However, if you decide to get involved, please take a moment to review the guidelines:


The code is available under the MIT license.