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What is Retype?

Welcome to Retype

Retype is an ultra-high-performance generator that builds a website based on simple text files. Focus on your writing while Retype builds the rest.

“Retype is the perfect fit for my user persona - tech savvy non-devs who want to write using the best web standards out there” – jonnyfeelgood

No coding is required and just one Markdown file, such as a, will get you started.

The website was generated using Retype. View the source used to generate this very page.

A new Retype powered website can be up and running within seconds once Retype is installed, which itself takes only a few seconds. 👍

Quick start

You can install Retype using npm, yarn, or the dotnet CLI.

From your command line, navigate to a folder location where you have one or more Markdown .md files, such as a GitHub project.

Next, choose one of the following tools to first install retypeapp and then start Retype by using the retype start command:

+++ NPM

npm install retypeapp --global
retype start

+++ Yarn

yarn global add retypeapp
retype start

+++ dotnet

dotnet tool install retypeapp --global
retype start


That's it! Your new Retype website should be up and running.

!!! You will require either npm, Yarn, or the dotnet CLI to be installed before installing Retype. Only one of those three is required, although all three could be installed on your machine too. It's up to you. 🙌

All operating systems are supported, including Mac, Windows, and Linux. !!!


:icon-shield-check: It just works

Retype has been built to be easy to use and should "just work" out-of-the-box without any special configuration or troublesome setup.

:icon-zap: Lightning fast

Don't blink. Retype was built for speed.

:icon-gear: Easy install

Installation takes only a few seconds. Then all you need is one Markdown .md file which Retype will start building a new website from.

:icon-plug: Powerful

Project level configuration using retype.yml unlocks many more features and customization.

:icon-pencil: Simple formatting

Pages are formatted using Markdown syntax and Retype components. Page level configuration is available, such as setting a custom navigation label or icon.

:icon-sync: Live reload

If a change is detected, such as editing and saving an .md file, your Retype website will be updated almost instantly within the browser.

:icon-server: Host anywhere

Retype generates a basic HTML website that you can host on any web hosting service, or for free using GitHub Pages. No special server-side software or external dependencies are required. You can host your Retype site as a public website or as a private website inside your organization.


Do you have a technical support question, found a defect, or would like to make a feature request? Please create an issue and we will investigate right away.

Do you have a general inquiry? Please feel free to contact us at

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