How to create a Tutorial

Since docToolchain is a community project, it also lives from the content created by the community. This little tutorial will explain how you — as a member of the community — can create your own tutorial.

Prerequisites: you know how to use Git (, how to fork and create a pull request on github and how to write in AsciiDoc.

The docToolchain website is build with docToolchain itself. So, the code of docToolchain and the documentation reside both in the same repository. (The way as it should be with the docs-as-code approach!)

Navigate to to find the source of the already existing tutorials.

As you can see, the files are numbered in steps of 10. The numbers are the order of appearance within the left navigation. They can be overwritten by a :jbake-order: x-statement within the .adoc file. The order is specified in steps of 10 just to be able to insert files in between if necessary.

Prepare your Tutorial

To create a new Tutorial, fork the project and create a new file in the folder src/docs with an appropriate name and number.

Add the following content to your file:

:jbake-title: Your Navigation-Entry
:source-highlighter: highlightjs
:highlightjs-theme: monokai-sublime
:imagesdir: images
:icons: font

== Your Headline

The :jbake-title: Your Navigation-Entry tell jBake (the renderer used by docToolchain) the text for the navigation link in left navigation pane. If this is missing, it will use the first Headline in your document. If this is also missing, it will use the filename.

You might wonder why you should specify the title if you already have named your tutorial via the first headline. The headline is often quite long and :jbake-title: gives you the opportunity to shorten it for the navigation pane.

The include::-statement mainly sets the location of the imagesdir so that you don’t have to worry about it. Take a look at the file to see what else it does!

Your first headline should always start with == and not =, sind a single = is the document name like a book title. docToolchain expects for the chapters of the documentation headline level == as starting headline.

That’s it. Now you can start to write your tutorial.

Preview your work

To edit your file, use an editor which gives you a preview of your .adoc file like IntelliJ or VS Code. This already gives you a good preview of the structure and formatting of your document.

Want to see how it looks on a web page? There are two ways to render the full page.


create a pull request (PR) and mark it as draft. As soon as the PR is submitted, netlify will start to render a preview. You will see some tasks running on the PR-page and the last one will give you a link to the preview-site.


you can render the page locally through docToolchain. Execute ./dtcw generateSite locally and you will find the result in build/microsite/output/index.html

Submit your Pull-Request

As soon as you think your tutorial is ready for production, remove the draft status from your PR and we will start a short review process. As soon as we are through with the review, we will merge the PR and your tutorial will be live.

Any questions? Feel free to open a new Discussion!