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In this repository you can find all logic responsible for generating the official Raku documentation or any other repository that follows the same specification. Could be used for modules that include a substantial amount of documentation, for instance (as long as the layout of the different parts is still the same).

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$ zef install Documentable

If you have already downloaded this repo,

$ zef install .


Documentable uses a Mustache template and several asset files. So, in order to generate the pages, you need to have these files in your working directory. You can get them with:

documentable setup

That command will download the latest assets tarfile in your directory. This tar contains:

  bin/documentable setup [-o|--override] -- Downloads default assets to generate the site
  bin/documentable start [--topdir=<Str>] [--conf=<Str>] [-v|--verbose] [-c|--cache] [-p|--primary] [-s|--secondary] [--search-index] [-i|--indexes] [-t|--typegraph] [-f|--force] [--highlight] [--typegraph-file=<Str>] [--highlight-path=<Str>] [--dirs=<Str>] [-a|--all] -- Start the documentation generation with the specified options
  bin/documentable update [--topdir=<Str>] [--conf=<Str>] [-v|--verbose] [--highlight] [--highlight-path=<Str>] -- Check which pod files have changed and regenerate its HTML files.
  bin/documentable clean -- Delete files created by "documentable setup"
  bin/documentable [-V|--version] -- Documentable version

    -y|--yes                  Always accept the operation (to use in scripts)
    --topdir=<Str>            Directory where the pod collection is stored
    --conf=<Str>              Configuration file
    -v|--verbose              Prints progress information
    -c|--cache                Enables the use of a precompiled cache
    -p|--primary              Generates the HTML files corresponding to primary objects
    -s|--secondary            Generates per kind files
    --search-index            Generates the search index
    -i|--indexes              Generates the index files
    -t|--typegraph            Write typegraph visualizations
    -f|--force                Force the regeneration of the typegraph visualizations
    --highlight               Highlights the code blocks
    --typegraph-file=<Str>    TypeGraph file
    --highlight-path=<Str>    Path to the highlighter files
    --dirs=<Str>              Dirs where documentation will be found. Relative to :$topdir
    -a|--all                  Equivalent to -t -p -s -i --search-index

See the CLI documentation to learn more, or [the documentation on documentable.json](https://raku .github.io/Documentable/language/configuration-file) to create your own configuration file.

Docker container

There is a specific docker container with all necessary dependencies (including the highlighter) at https://github.com/antoniogamiz/docker-documentable.

You can see an example about how to use it here.

You can also download the container:

docker pull antoniogamiz/documentable

Then execute:

docker run -it --rm -v "$(pwd)":/documentable antoniogamiz/documentable

And now you can execute documentable and generate your documentation!

Note: Do not forget to add --highlight --highlight-path="/highlights" options if you want to get the code highlighted.

Installing dependencies


You need Raku installed. You can install the Rakudo Raku compiler by downloading the latest Rakudo Star release from rakudo.org/downloads/star/ or the latests releases via Rakubrew.


Zef is a Raku module installer. If you installed Rakudo Star package, it should already be there. Feel free to use any other way to install the modules needed (see below).

Mojolicious / Web Server (OPTIONAL)

Mojolicious is written in Perl 5, so assuming that you use cpanm, install this now:

    $ cpanm -vn Mojolicious


To generate the svg files for the typegraph representation you need to have installed graphviz. If you use Ubuntu/Debian:

    $ sudo apt-get install graphviz

Node & Highlight

This is necessary to apply highlighting to the code examples in the documentation. We use Atom highlighting, so you will need to install Node.js.

You can set the highlighter up with the default Makefile (obtained using documentable setup):

    make init-highlights

SASS Compiler

To build the styles, you need to have a SASS compiler. You need to install the sass command

    $ sudo apt-get install ruby-sass

curl and tar

These programs are used by documentable setup to download the default assets and extract them. If you are on Ubuntu/Debian you will (probably) not have any problem. If you are using Windows I recommend you to download the assets yourself from this link.


Question: Do I need to regenerate all pages when I have only changed one?

Answer: No, you can execute documentable update to only regenerate those pages affected by your changes.

Is your question not here? Then, please raise an issue.


Antonio Gámiz Delgado <@antoniogamiz>

Moritz Lenz <@moritz>

Jonathan Worthington <@jnthn>

Richard Hainsworth<@finanalyst>

Will Coleda <@coke>

Aleks-Daniel <@AlexDaniel>

Sam S <@smls>

Juan Julián Merelo Guervós <@JJ>

MorayJ <@MorayJ>

Zoffix <@zoffixnet>

Tison <@TisonKun>

Samantha Mcvey <@samcv>

Altai-Man <@Altai-man>

Tom Browder <@tbrowder>

Alexander Moquin <@Mouq>

Wenzel P. P. Peppmeyer <@gfldex>


Copyright 2019, 2020 Raku Team

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the Artistic License 2.0.

We use a ChangeLog generator to generate the CHANGELOG.md file.