Open Source GitBook Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to GitBook is BookStack, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 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 DokuWiki (Free, Open Source), Read The Docs (Free, Open Source), Docusaurus (Free, Open Source) and mdBook (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 2021

    1. Doclets.io is the missing hosted and automated API-Doc generation service for Javascript. By simplifying API-Doc setup it enables you to actually focus on writing documentation!
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • Ruby
      • RubyGems
      In a nutshell, Bridgetown is a static site generator. You give it text written in an author-friendly markup language like Markdown, and it uses layouts and templates to build a website and save the compiled HTML, CSS, and Javascript to an output folder.
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    2. Modern markdown documentation generator into static website.
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    3. A simple, Git-powered wiki with a sweet API and local frontend.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      Orchid is a general-purpose static site generator with a focus on extensibility, and aimed at developers looking to improve their technical documentation.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Java Mobile
      • Self-Hosted
      The bookdown package is a free and open-source R package built on top of R Markdown to make it really easy to write books and long-form articles/reports.
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    4. DocPad is a dynamic static-site generator. That is a content management system that takes content from several sources, like files on your computer, and renders them into incredibly fast static output.

      Discontinued

      The developer announced that DocPad will be no longer updated and supported. Last version, 6.82.5, released in October 2018, can be still downloaded from the official website and GitHub.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • npm
      hexo-theme-doc is a documentation theme for Hexo, the fast and powerful blog framework powered by Node.js. It differs from other Hexo themes by allowing you to present documentation—especially REST API documentation.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      Static website generator designed for documentation. Couscous turns Markdown documentation into beautiful websites. It's GitHub Pages on steroids.
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    5. Jigsaw is a framework for rapidly building static sites using the same modern tooling that powers your web applications.
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