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pkgdown is designed to make it quick and easy to build a website for your package. You can see pkgdown in action at this is the output of pkgdown applied to the latest version of pkgdown. Learn more in vignette("pkgdown") or ?build_site.




Get started with usethis:

# Run once to configure your package to use pkgdown

Then use pkgdown to build your website:


This generates a docs/ directory containing a website. Your becomes the homepage, documentation in man/ generates a function reference, and vignettes will be rendered into articles/. Read vignette("pkgdown") for more details, and to learn how to deploy your site to GitHub pages.

pkgdown 2.0.0 and Bootstrap 5

pkgdown 2.0.0 includes an upgrade from Bootstrap 3 to Bootstrap 5, which is accompanied by a whole bunch of minor UI improvements. If you’ve heavily customised your site, there’s a small chance that this will break your site, so everyone needs to explicitly opt-in to the upgrade by adding the following to _pkgdown.yaml:

  bootstrap: 5

Then learn about the many new ways to customise your site in vignette("customise").

In the wild

At last count, pkgdown is used by over 6,000 packages. Here are a few examples created by contributors to pkgdown:

Comparing the source and output of these sites is a great way to learn new pkgdown techniques.

Code of conduct

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

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pkgdown documentation built on April 24, 2022, 5:05 p.m.