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Open Source GitBook Alternatives

The best open source alternative to GitBook is BookStack. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to GitBook and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to GitBook are Foam, DokuWiki, Wiki.js and Sigil.

GitBook alternatives are mainly Documentation Generators but may also be Static Site Generators or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GitBook.
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  • FreemiumProprietary
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  • Self-Hosted

GitBook is a tool for building beautiful books using Git and Markdown. It can generate your book into multiple formats:

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  1. BookStack icon

    BookStack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Cloudron

    BookStack is a free and open source knowledge management platform built on PHP. The system has been built around simplicity to ensure that adding information to it is not a chore. The content structure is built on the metaphors of Books, Chapters & Pages.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownBookStack supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    BonZho

    is not like gitbook,is more another php site generate for a online book if you're a writter.

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  2. Foam icon

    Foam

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • Visual Studio Code

    Foam is a personal knowledge management and sharing system inspired by Roam Research, built on Visual Studio Code and GitHub.

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  3. DokuWiki is a standards compliant, simple to use Wiki, mainly aimed at creating documentation of any kind. It is targeted at developer teams, workgroups and small companies.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDokuWiki can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Wiki.js

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Cloudron

    Write your content in the widely used and simple Markdown format, using the built-in visual editor. Unlike other wiki software that save content in a database with a difficult to extract format, Wiki.js saves all your content directly into Markdown (.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownWiki.js supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Wiki.js simultaneously.
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    Sigil

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    Sigil is a multi-platform ebook editor. It is designed to edit books in ePub format.

    ⚫︎ PortableSigil can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Sigil vs GitBook opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Sigil is still a legitimate alternative to GitBook, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Gitbook doesnt do what it says in the description, they are not open source anymore and they changed their product, so the similarities are not there.

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  6. mdBook icon

    mdBook

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Rust

    Gitbook alternative in Rust.

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    mdBook vs GitBook opinions
    Almost everyone thinks mdBook is a great alternative to GitBook.

    The Gitbook CLI application is no longer maintained, since they moved to a commercial solution. mdBook is a new and currently maintained implementation which is easy to install and is (for the most part) compatible with gitbook.

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    Read The Docs

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Read the Docs hosts documentation for the open source community. It supports Sphinx docs written with reStructuredText, and can pull from your Subversion, Bazaar, Git, and Mercurial repositories. The code is open source, and available on github.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownRead The Docs supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    Most users think Read The Docs is a great alternative to GitBook.
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    Docusaurus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Docusaurus is a project for easily building, deploying, and maintaining open source project websites.

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    Almost everyone thinks Docusaurus is a great alternative to GitBook.
    BonZho

    its Open Source and not Freemium like gitbook with pay plans and limitations, is mainteined for Facebook inc, Opensource projects.

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  9. MkDocs icon

    MkDocs

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • Python

    MkDocs is static site generator that's geared towards building project documentation. Documentation source files are written in Markdown, and configured with a single YAML configuration file.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMkDocs can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  10. Docsify.js icon

    Docsify.js

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    docsify generates your documentation website on the fly. Unlike GitBook, it does not generate static html files. Instead, it smartly loads and parses your Markdown files and displays them as website. All you need to do is create an index.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownDocsify.js supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDocsify.js can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Almost the same as GitBook

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