pkgdown is designed to make it quick and easy to build a website for your package. You can see pkgdown in action at https://pkgdown.r-lib.org: this is the output of pkgdown applied to the latest version of pkgdown. Learn more in
Run pkgdown from the package directory each time you release your package:
This will generate a
docs/ directory. The home page will be generated from your package’s
README.md, and a function reference will be generated from the documentation in the
man/ directory. If you are using GitHub, the easiest way to make this your package website is to check into git, then go to settings for your repo and make sure that the GitHub pages source is set to “master branch /docs folder”. Be sure to update the URL on your github repository homepage so others can easily navigate to your new site.
To customise your site, create
_pkgdown.yml and modify it as described in the documentation. You can also use
pkgdown/_pkgdown.yml if you need other files to customise your site.
The package includes an RStudio add-in that you can bind to a keyboard shortcut. I recommend
W: it uses
Shift, like all other package development worksheets, it replaces a rarely used command (close all tabs), and the
W is a mnemonic for website.
As at last count, pkgdown is used by over 2000 packages.
Here are a few examples created by people contributors to pkgdown:
Comparing the source and output of these sites is a great way to learn new pkgdown techniques.
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.