Your developer portal content will typically be organized as a set of Markdown (
.md) or MDX (
.mdx) files in one or more (sub)folders. After installing the developer portal, you can explore and modify the tutorial files provided in the template, or start creating your own content from scratch.
You may create different types of files depending on your needs.
Every developer portal project must have these files, which you will edit for customization and configuration purposes:
- index.md or index.mdx
To create content for your developer portal, you can use:
- Markdown files
- MDX files
- images and other multimedia assets (to embed into Markdown or MDX files)
- OpenAPI definitions (or references to it)
- React components to extend the portal functionality
The folder and filename determine the URL route, so be deliberate with your naming.
public folder name is reserved at the top-level of the portal project structure. You should not use it in the root directory of your portal, but it can be used in subdirectories.
index.mdx name is not included in the URL route. For example, if your base URL is
docs.example.com, and you place
index.md in your project root, the contents would be accessed at
If you place
index.md inside of a
guides folder, you would access that content at
On the other hand, if you name the file anything else, such as
home.md, and place it in the
guides folder, it would be accessed at
Note that the
.mdx file extensions are never included in the URL route.
Here is an example structure of a developer portal project.
├── ./README.md ├── ./contact.mdx ├── ./faq.md ├── ./favicon.png ├── ./images │ ├── ./images/book-management.svg │ ├── ./images/external-link-dark.svg │ ├── ./images/found-or-private.svg │ ├── ./images/icon1.png │ ├── ./images/icon3.png │ ├── ./images/launch-fast.svg │ ├── ./images/logo.png │ └── ./images/logo.svg ├── ./index.mdx ├── ./openapi │ └── ./openapi/petstore.yaml ├── ./package.json ├── ./reference.page.yaml ├── ./sidebars.yaml ├── ./siteConfig.yaml ├── ./theme.ts ├── ./developer-portal │ ├── ./developer-portal/creating-files.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/development-tips.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/footer-navigation.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/installation.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/introduction.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/mdx.mdx │ ├── ./developer-portal/markdown.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/reference-docs-integration.md │ ├── ./developer-portal/sidebar-nav.md │ └── ./developer-portal/top-navigation.md └── ./yarn.lock
In this example, most of our content is organized into the
The more content you create, the more you may want to organize it into sub-folders. It's a good practice to separate content by type (e.g. images in one folder, text in another). You can also categorize your content by topic into sub-folders, and create reusable Markdown snippets for single-source authoring.
To help your readers access and find the content faster, set up a sidebar for your portal.
In some cases, you may want to host file types other than Markdown in your portal - for example, images, PDF documents, or scripts - and reference them as additional resources in your portal pages.
For this purpose, Redocly Developer portal supports a special folder called
static. This folder must be in the root of the developer portal project, and its name must be
static without any additional characters.
If it doesn't already exist in your portal project, create it manually before adding any assets into it. The
static folder can contain any number of sub-folders, so you can organize assets by type or any other desired criteria.
All files placed into the
static folder are served directly from the project root. This allows you to dynamically reference them with absolute links. For example, if you had a file
./static/image.png, you would link to it with
Any files (images, Markdown pages...) that you reference in the front matter of MD(X) pages are automatically copied to the
static folder during the portal build. This happens even if you haven't manually created the
static folder, and doesn't affect any of the manually added assets (if they exist).
Any MD(X) page in your Developer portal can contain links to other pages. When linking pages, make sure to use the correct path to the MD(X) file you want to link to.
Starting with the version 1.0.0-beta.115, the Developer portal supports absolute links from the root of the project (relative links have been supported since the first release).
[Example absolute link](/guides/example.md)
[Example relative link](../guides/example.md)
If your MD(X) pages contain headings, you can link directly to a specific heading by its name instead of linking to the whole page. This is done by appending a fragment identifier (named anchor) to the file name. Heading names are case-insensitive, but you must replace spaces and any other special symbols in them with hyphens.
[Example named anchor](/guides/example.md#heading-name)
[Example named anchor](../guides/example.mdx#heading-name)
Page exclusion is supported starting with version 1.0.0-beta.110 of the Developer portal.
In some cases, you may want to exclude specific pages from portal builds without removing the source files from your project. You can achieve this in either of the following two ways:
exclude: trueto the front matter of the page you want to exclude. This front matter option is supported in MD and in MDX files.
Rename the page source file so that its file name starts with an underscore (
_). For example, to exclude the
introduction.mdfile from the build, you would rename it to
To prevent broken links or potential build failures, make sure to remove any entries for the excluded page from your
sidebars.yaml file. If other MD or MDX pages have links pointing to the excluded page, those links should be modified or removed prior to building the portal.
If your developer portal project has a
README.md file in the top-level (root) folder, this file will be automatically excluded from builds. File name matching is case-insensitive (
readme.md is treated the same as
If you have
README.md files in other folders and want to exclude them from builds, you must either change their file name to start with an underscore, or add the
exclude: true front matter option. Automatic exclusion applies only when the file is in the root folder of the project.