Open Source Self-Hosted GitBook Alternatives

    There are many alternatives to GitBook as a self-hosted solution if you are looking for a replacement. The best Self-Hosted alternative 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 available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to GitBook are DokuWiki (Free, Open Source), Docusaurus (Free, Open Source), (Free, Open Source) and MkDocs (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 2021

    1. 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.
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    2. 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.
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      • 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Private Packagist
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP is a documentation generator that uses a simple folder structure and Markdown files to create custom documentation on the fly. It helps you create great looking documentation in a developer friendly way.
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      Almost everyone thinks is a great alternative to GitBook.
    3. MkDocs is a fast, simple and downright gorgeous 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.

    4. 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.
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      Docsify.js vs GitBook opinions
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      Almost the same as GitBook
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    5. A documentation generator that builds HTML output based on Markdown files. Supports Markdown specs and offers a wide set of custom components using Markdown-like syntax. Builds Reference Source documentation for .NET projects (more added soon).
    6. owl is a minimalistic and very fast web application that allows you to organize a simple knowledge base from Markdown files. owl doesn't use a database, all files are stored in plain text.
      owl - knowledge base vs GitBook opinions
      Almost everyone thinks owl - knowledge base is a great alternative to GitBook.
      yijoji9173 It's a really nice open source app that has a similar purpose with Gitbook.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

    7. A self-hosted knowledge repository that allows you to safely preserve useful content that contributes to your own personal, searchable and extensible wiki.
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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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