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You've found something unclear in the documentation and want to give a try at explaining it better? Let's see how.

Building Documentation

General

This documentation is built with mkdocs.

Method 1: Docker and make

You can build the documentation and test it locally (with live reloading), using the docs target:

$ make docs
docker build -t traefik-docs -f docs.Dockerfile .
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docker run  --rm -v /home/user/go/github/containous/traefik:/mkdocs -p 8000:8000 traefik-docs mkdocs serve
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[I 170828 20:47:48 server:283] Serving on http://0.0.0.0:8000
[I 170828 20:47:48 handlers:60] Start watching changes
[I 170828 20:47:48 handlers:62] Start detecting changes

Default URL

Your local documentation server will run by default on http://127.0.0.1:8000.

If you only want to build the documentation without serving it locally, you can use the following command:

$ make docs-build
...

Method 2: mkdocs

First, make sure you have python and pip installed.

$ python --version
Python 2.7.2
$ pip --version
pip 1.5.2

Then, install mkdocs with pip.

pip install --user -r requirements.txt

To build the documentation locally and serve it locally, run mkdocs serve from the root directory. This will start a local server.

$ mkdocs serve
INFO    -  Building documentation...
INFO    -  Cleaning site directory
[I 160505 22:31:24 server:281] Serving on http://127.0.0.1:8000
[I 160505 22:31:24 handlers:59] Start watching changes
[I 160505 22:31:24 handlers:61] Start detecting changes

Check the Documentation

To check that the documentation meets standard expectations (no dead links, html markup validity, ...), use the docs-verify target.

$ make docs-verify
docker build -t traefik-docs-verify ./script/docs-verify-docker-image ## Build Validator image
...
docker run --rm -v /home/travis/build/containous/traefik:/app traefik-docs-verify ## Check for dead links and w3c compliance
=== Checking HTML content...
Running ["HtmlCheck", "ImageCheck", "ScriptCheck", "LinkCheck"] on /app/site/basics/index.html on *.html...

Clean & Verify

If you've made changes to the documentation, it's safter to clean it before verifying it.

$ make docs-clean docs-verify
...

Disabling Documentation Verification

Verification can be disabled by setting the environment variable DOCS_VERIFY_SKIP to true:

DOCS_VERIFY_SKIP=true make docs-verify
...
DOCS_LINT_SKIP is true: no linting done.