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Pulumi Documentation Site

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The website is statically built using Hugo. So we have basic templating for generating HTML and the ability to write most files in Markdown.

TypeScript documentation is generated directly from source using TYPEDOC. We just check the resulting files directly into the repo under ./content/reference/pkg/nodejs.




The website is powered by Hugo.

IMPORTANT. Recent versions of Hugo have bugs in the markdown renderer (Blackfriday) that prevents fenced code from rendering correctly in lists when a language is specified. Many of our tutorials are made up of ordered lists of steps, each step containing a code snippet. Until those bugs are fixed, and Hugo has adopted the version of Blackfriday with the fixes, we'll pin to Hugo v0.55.4. Tracking issue:


The following commands use the package manager, Homebrew.

Install Hugo

If you already have Hugo installed, uninstall it:

brew uninstall hugo

Install Hugo v0.55.4:

brew install

To prevent brew from upgrading Hugo:

brew pin hugo
Install Go
brew install go

Linux (Ubuntu)

Install Hugo

The quickest way to install the extended version of Hugo v0.55.4 on your Linux machine is to use wget and the dpkg utility. For confirming your server architecture and post-installation cleanup, see Installing Hugo Using the dpkg utility.

sudo dpkg -i hugo_extended_0.55.4_Linux-64bit.deb

If you wish to use brew on Linux, see Homebrew on Linux.

Install Go

Download the Linux package from Follow installation and setup steps on "Installing Go on Ubuntu".

Go-based Tools

There are several other Go-based tools to install as well.

go get -u
go get -u
go get -u
go get -u


make ensure will run yarn install which resolves project dependencies.

make build will generate the website (published to public).

make serve will build the website and serve it to http://localhost:1313.

make test runs a broken link checker tool against http://localhost:1313.

make generate will regenerate the TypeScript documentation if needed, as well as the CLI documentation in content/references/cli. The generated API documentation is placed in the [/content/reference/pkg/nodejs]/content/reference/pkg/nodejs) folder. This is extremely hacky.

The following repos must be peers of docs, should be checked out to an appropriate branch, and should be built before running make generate:

  • pulumi
  • pulumi-aws
  • pulumi-azure
  • pulumi-cloud
  • pulumi-gcp
  • pulumi-kubernetes
  • etc.

Updating API docs

to update API docs for all Pulumi packages, run the following commands to fetch latest release of each package and rebuild docs into .content/reference/pkg folder:


To update a single package, make sure you have it checked out at the desired release label, and then run:

PKGS=yourpackagename ./scripts/

Docs for additional packages can be added by updating ./scripts/ to include the package, and then updating ./config.toml to include the package in the TOC as a [[menu.reference]] entry.

Deploying updates

When changes are merged into master, is automatically deployed. You can use the Travis UI to check on the status of the deployment.

Design Reference

Web design is hard. Documentation is hard. Good web design for documentation is harder.

Examples of other sites and their docs as inspiration:

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