# Getting Started

Getting started with Retype is super quick and you can be up and running within seconds.

Check out the Quick start for the condensed process, or continue here with the full details and expanded steps.

# Prerequisites

Retype is installed using either npm, yarn, or the dotnet CLI.

You only need one of those three as a prerequisite, although all three could be installed on your computer too. It's up to you. 🙌

Package Manager Supported Platforms
npm Mac, Win, Linux
yarn Mac, Win, Linux
dotnet Mac, Win, Linux

# Install

It takes just a few seconds to install Retype using any of the following commands. Choose a command for a Package Manager you have installed on your computer.

npm install --global retypeapp
retype watch
yarn global add retypeapp
retype watch
dotnet tool install --global retypeapp
retype watch

That's it! 🎉 Your new Retype website should be up and running. 🎉

If you already have the dotnet CLI installed on your machine, installing using dotnet tool install --global retypeapp will be the fastest option, but any of the options should install within seconds. They all produce the same result and run with the same performance.

# Commands

Using the retype watch command is the easiest way to get your project built and running in a browser within seconds, although retype watch is just shortcut for a sequence of other commands that can be executed individually.

# retype init

The next step is to create a retype.json configuration file for you project. The retype.json file isn't actually required, but you will want to make custom configurations to your project and this is how those instructions are passed to Retype.

You can manually create a retype.json file, or you can have Retype stub out a basic file with a few initial values by running the command retype init.

From your command line, navigate to any folder location where you have one or more Markdown .md files, such as the root of a GitHub project, then run the following command:

retype init

Calling the retype init command will create a simple retype.json file with the following default values:

Sample retype.json
  "input": ".",
  "output": ".retype",

  "branding": {
    "title": "Project Name",
    "label": "Docs"

  "links": [
      "text": "Getting Started",
      "link": "https://retype.com/getting_started/"

  "footer": {
    "copyright": "© Copyright {{ year }}. All rights reserved."

All the configs are optional, but the above demonstrates a few of the options you will typically want to start with. See the Project configuration docs for a full list of all options.

To change the title of the project, revise the branding.title config. For instance, let's change to "Company X":

  "branding": {
    "title": "Company X",

# retype build

To generate your new website, run the command retype build.

retype build

Within just a few seconds, Retype will create a new website and save to the output location as defined in the retype.json. By default, the output location is a new folder named retype. You can rename to whatever you like, or adjust the path to generate the output to any other location, such as another sub-folder.

If the .md documentation files for your project were located not in the root (.) but within a docs subfolder AND you wanted to have Retype send the output to a website folder, you would use the following config:

  "input": "docs",
  "output": "website",

Let's say you wanted the your new Retype website to run from within a docs folder which was then also inside of a root website folder, then you would configure:

  "input": "docs",
  "output": "website/docs"

If you are hosting your website using GitHub Pages AND you wanted to host your website from the docs folder, you could then move your .md files into a different subfolder and configure as follows:

  "input": "src",
  "output": "docs"

The input and output configs provide unlimited flexibility to instruct Retype on where to get your project content and configurations files and where to output the generated website.

# retype run

To view your Retype generated website, just run the command retype run.

retype run

The website generated by Retype is a static HTML and JavaScript site. No special server-side hosting, such as PHP or Ruby is required. A Retype generated website can be hosted on any webserver or hosting service, such a GitHub Pages.

You can also use any other local web server instead of retype run. Retype only includes a web server out of convenience, not requirement. Any web server will do. A couple other simple options could be live-server or static-server.

# Uninstall

Done with Retype? It's okay, we understand. 😢

Uninstalling Retype is just as simple as installing. Use the same Package Manager to uninstall as you did to install. For instance, if you used npm to install Retype, run the npm uninstall command to remove.

npm uninstall --global retypeapp
yarn global remove retypeapp
dotnet tool uninstall --global retypeapp

Any Retype related files within your project can be deleted, such as the retype.json.