Getting Started


You need a Java SE installed, but it is not necessary to install Groovy because it’s bundled with the Gaiden distribution.

Installing Gaiden on Unix based systems is easiest with GVM:

$ gvm install gaiden

Or download a binary distribution of Gaiden and unpack it into some file on your local file system. Add the bin directory path in unpacked the distribution to your PATH environment variable.

Create Project

To create a new project, you can use the create-project command. This command requires a project name as arguments as follows:

$ gaiden create-project hello-gaiden

Project Structure

The project created by create-project will be as follows:

├── config.groovy
├── pages.groovy
├── gaidenw
├── gaidenw.bat
└── wrapper
    ├── gaiden-wrapper.jar
The configuration file of the project. Please see Configuration for more details.
This is a file to define a list of pages. It is used for defining a metadata or generating a table of contents. Please see Configuration for more details.
gaidenw(.bat), wrapper

The resources for Gaiden Wrapper. The Gaiden Wrapper allows you to run Gaiden commands in a project without installing Gaiden first. This concept inspired from Gradle. The wrapper is a batch script on Windows, and a shell script for other operating systems. It can be used as follows:

$ ./gaidenw build

When you run a Gaiden command via the wrapper, Gaiden will be automatically downloaded and used to run the command.

Writing a page

To write a page, you can use the Markdown. If you don’t know the Markdown, please refer to [Markdown Syntax Guide](Markdown Syntax Guide) at Daring Firebal.

These pages can be located in under the source directory. The source directory is set the project root directory by default.

Let’s create a new page called in your project root directory.

# My Page

And add the page to pages.groovy as follows:


The headers of the page will be included in a table of content by adding to pages.groovy.

Building a document

To build a document, you can use the build command in your project root directory as follows.

$ gaiden build

Executing gaiden build generates document to a output directory. Now you can see the generated documentation in a web browser by opening the html file located in the output directory.