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What is Read the Docs?

It hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar.
Read the Docs is a tool in the Documentation as a Service & Tools category of a tech stack.
Read the Docs is an open source tool with 5.8K GitHub stars and 3.1K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Read the Docs's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Read the Docs?

14 companies reportedly use Read the Docs in their tech stacks, including tools, drafthub, and TruSTAR Technology.

38 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Read the Docs.

Read the Docs Integrations

Public Decisions about Read the Docs

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Read the Docs in their tech stack.

Todd Gardner
Todd Gardner
President at TrackJS · | 4 upvotes · 531.5K views

We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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Read the Docs's Features

  • Github and Bitbucket Integration
  • Auto-updating
  • Internationalization
  • Canonical URLs
  • Versions
  • Version Control Support Matrix
  • PDF Generation
  • Search
  • Alternate Domains

Read the Docs Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Read the Docs?
It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team.
Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
It lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with it pretty much as with a database server.
It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
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Read the Docs's Followers
120 developers follow Read the Docs to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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