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This repo houses the code for the NATS site at NATS documentation is not included in this repo, see the or]

The NATS website is based on the Hugo framework using the Bulma CSS framework. The content structure is designed to be simple, informative, intuitive and fast -- just like NATS! Please keep these principles in mind as you modify existing content or design new content for the site.


Contributing content

We view this project as a perpetual work in progress that can greatly benefit from and be enriched by the knowledge, wisdom and experience of our community.

We follow the standard Fork-and-Branch GitHub workflow. If you're not familiar with this process, please refer to either of the following excellent guides:

We encourage and welcome your contributions to any part or element of this site. We will review and discuss with you any contributions or corrections submitted via GitHub Pull Requests.

General Style Guidelines and Conventions

Markdown guidelines

  • Use topic-based files and titles
  • Use only headers 1 (#), 2 (##) and 3 (###)
  • Use single spaces to separate sentences
  • Markdown syntax:
    • Links: [NATS](
    • Cross references: [Clients](/clients/)
    • Images: ![drawing](/img/nats-msg.png)
  • Triple ticks for code, commands to run, user operations, input/output
  • Single ticks for executable names, file paths, inline commands, parameters, etc.
  • Graphics: save as *.png; source in /src/img/* depending what you are using the image for; blog, about, etc.

Content Organization

The basic organization of the site is very simple, with each top navigation link corresponding to a Markdown file in the nats-site/content directory. The HTML documents and any Markdown documents contained in this directory are assembled by Hugo and rendered to static HTML during the build process.

The structure of the content directory is as follows:

- /content
	- /blog
	- /download
	- about.html
	- support.html

The html files or directories should be pretty self-explanatory for what pages they are used for.

Adding Documentation

The NATS documentation has moved to the nats-io/ repo.

Adding Content Pages

Any new page should be a raw Markdown document placed in the appropriate content directory listed above.

Adding Clients and Utilities

To add a new NATS Client or Utility, add to the applicable data file

  • Add/update NATS Clients - languages.toml
  • Add/update NATS Connectors & Utilities - addons.toml

Adding a Blog Entry

To add a new blog entry, use the hugo new command like the following:

	hugo new blog/

Replace page-url-for-blog-post with a SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly page url like: nats-lands-in-london. So the resulting command would be: hugo new blog/nats-lands-in-london. Then new blog entry would reside at:

Once the command is run you can find the new blog entry in content/blog/

In the frontmatter of the new entry you will see metadata like this:

date = "2019-12-01"
draft = true
title = "NATS Lands in London"
author = "Esteemed NATS Thought Leader"
categories = ["Engineering"]
tags = ["NATS"]

Make sure to update the page metadata to reflect the specifics of your post (author, targeted publish date, etc.).

By default, draft = true is set on blog posts. When a post has this status, it won't be published to the production site, but it will be viewable via the Netlify deploy preview. The following must be true for a post to go live on the site:

  • The post's date must not be in the future
  • The draft parameter must be set to false or not be present


For Categories you are going to add on or more of the following:

  • General
  • Engineering
  • Community

So for our example we would change categories in the frontmatter to:

	categories = ["Community"]


The date timestamp should be the exact time you ran the command to create the new blog entry. If you need to change it make sure you follow the same convention that is already there. date = "2015-11-05T11:45:03-08:00". The date cannot be in the future.


For Tags, you can add as many tags as you feel are needed and they can be anything:

	tags = ["nats","london","community"]


A default title is generated from the url you provided with the hugo command but we recommend you change this to something better suited for display purposes. Example: title = "NATS Lands In London"

Blog Entry Content


To add images to a blog entry, first place them in /src/blog/*. You will need to create a folder in src/blog/ with the same title as your post. You may add images of any size, but please make sure they are at least 800x600 for quality purposes.

You may link to these images then. Example: <img src="/img/blog/<your blog folder>/IMAGE-NAME.png">

Embedded Tweets

To add an embedded tweet, you just need to grab the embed code from the tweet, and then wrap the embed code in a div as follows:

	<div class="tweet-embed-con">
	  <!-- Twitter Embed code goes here -->

Check out the blog entry /content/blog/ for a detailed example.

Adding a Company Logo

If you are a production end user of NATS and would like your company logo displayed on our Home page, please email with your request.

Local Development

You can either user docker image for your local development or install requirements following this documentation.

Clone your forked copy of the repository:

git clone<YOUR GIT USERNAME>/nats-site.git

Change to the directory:

cd nats-site/

Install Prerequisites

Install Hugo, npm.

Building the NATS site/documentation currently requires Hugo version 0.80 or higher. Installation instructions can be found here.

Building the Site

See the makefile for run commands.

Thank you for your interest in NATS!


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