Internal procedures, workflows, public FAQs are only a few examples of documentation that needs to be created, maintained and developed by every team. In many cases documentation needs to be written by different departments, or more than one team member.
The solution? BookStack
A simple, self-hosted, and easy-to-use platform for organizing and storing information collaboratively. These are only some of the features of BookStack, the open source documentation platform. This makes it the ideal platform for your knowledge-base and for storing and organizing information and documentation. We have been using BookStack for internal and public documentation for a while at docs.cloud68.co/shelves/public-docs. In the spirit of dog-fooding and after getting in contact with the nice people behind the project we decided to provide it for our Subscribers.
Free & Open Source
BookStack is fully free and open, MIT licensed. The source is available on GitHub. There is no cost to downloading and installing your own instance of BookStack.
Easy, Simple Interface
Simplicity has been the top priority when building BookStack. The page editor has a simple WYSIWYG interface and all content is broken into three simple real world groups: Books-Chapters-Pages.
Searchable and Connected
The content in BookStack is fully searchable. You are able to search at book level or across all books, chapters & pages. The ability to link directly to any paragraph allows you to keep your documentation connected.
Configuration options allow you to set-up BookStack to suit your use case. You can change the name, logo and registration options. You can also change whether the whole system is publicly viewable or not.
The page editor within BookStack has diagrams.net drawing capability built-in, allowing the quick and easy creation of diagrams within your documentation.
BookStack users can set their preferred language. Thanks to great community contributors, current languages built into BookStack include EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, JA, NL, PL, RU and many more.
Optional Markdown Editor
If you prefer to write in Markdown then BookStack supports you. A markdown editor is provided and includes a live-preview as you write your documentation.
As well as the default email/password login social providers such as GitHub, Google, Slack, AzureAD and more can be used. Okta, SAML2 and LDAP options are available for enterprise environments.
On top of the powerful search and linking there is also cross-book sorting, page revisions and image management. A full role and permission system allow you to lock down content and actions as required.
MFA is built in & can be enforced at a per-role level where desired. MFA options include TOTP (Google/Microsoft Authenticator, Authy, etc…) and static backup codes.
Dark & Light Modes
BookStack provides it’s user interface in both a light theme and a dark theme, saving the eyes of those that prefer to work in the shadows. This is configurable at a user level.