# Markdoc README

Markdoc is a lightweight Markdown-based wiki system. It’s geared towards managing technical documentation, but can be used for a range of purposes. It has a few notable selling points:

  • Wikis are made up completely of plaintext files, so you can easily put them under version control.
  • Wikis compile into standalone HTML directories, which can be distributed as tarballs or served by a HTTP server.
  • Set up Google Analytics tracking in one line of configuration.
  • Create barebones wikis that just look like folders containing Markdown-formatted text files.
  • You can optionally include static media which will be compiled into the HTML directory alongside all your rendered pages.
  • Markdoc comes with a fully-functional pure-Python WSGI application and HTTP server for serving up compiled wikis.
  • You can render your wiki with a variety of Markdown extensions, such as Pygments-based code highlighting, extended syntax for definition lists, TOC generation, et cetera.
  • You can completely customize how your wiki is rendered by editing the Jinja2 templates used to convert rendered Markdown into full HTML documents.



The minimum requirements to run the Markdoc utility are:

  • Python 2.4 or later (2.5+ highly recommended)
  • A UNIX (or at least POSIX-compliant) operating system
  • [rsync]( -- installed out of the box with most modern OSes, including Mac OS X and Ubuntu. In the future Markdoc may include a pure-Python implementation.


#!bash $ easy_install Markdoc

Making a Wiki

#!bash $ markdoc init my-wiki $ cd my-wiki/ $ vim wiki/ # ... write some documentation ... $ markdoc build $ markdoc serve # .. open http://localhost:8008/ in a browser ...


Markdoc wikis have the following default layout:

WIKI_ROOT/ |-- .html/ |-- .templates/ |-- .tmp/ |-- static/ |-- wiki/ `-- markdoc.yaml

The .html/ and .tmp/ directories should be excluded from any VCS, since they contain temporary files.

Consult the layout documentation in doc/wiki/ref/ for more information on the roles of various subdirectories.