bookdown/themes With Bootswatch Styles And Prism Syntax Highlighting

1.1.4 2018-08-10 15:21 UTC

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Last update: 2021-10-10 22:36:58 UTC


This package is now part of bookdown. You can enable it by setup your bookdown.json

"template": "bookdown/themes"


Just install bookdown and setup your bookdown.json


At the moment you can setup the theme with the following settings per bookdown.json

"theme": {
    "toc": {
      "collapsibleFromLevel": 1

Table of Contents (toc)

Property Type Description
collapsibleFromLevel integer The toc is collapsible from apart this value


Choose your preferred style by setting the CSS_BOOTSWATCH and CSS_PRISM environment variable before generating the book. The default Bootswatch style is cerulean and for Prism ghcolors. See the example below how to use another style.

Visit to see how the style looks like.

  • cerulean
  • cosmo
  • cyborg
  • darkly
  • flatly
  • journal
  • lumen
  • paper
  • readable
  • sandstone
  • simplex
  • slate
  • spacelab
  • superhero
  • united
  • yeti

Visit / prism-styles to see how the Prism style looks like.

  • prism
  • dark
  • funky
  • okaidia
  • twilight
  • coy
  • atom-dark
  • base16-ateliersulphurpool.light
  • cb
  • ghcolors
  • hopscotch
  • pojoaque
  • xonokai

Top menu logo

To add an individual logo instead of displaying Home you can set the environment variable MENU_LOGO which must be an absolute URI to an image.

Generate Documentation

Change the path to your bookdown.json file.

See the documentation example. It can be compiled using bookdown and Docker. The following example uses the Docker Bookdown and you can use it also out of the box for your project.

The style is set by an environment CSS_BOOTSWATCH variable and the PRISM style by CSS_PRISM. Here is an example for the superhero style with the prism coy style.

$ docker run -it --rm -e CSS_BOOTSWATCH=superhero -e CSS_PRISM=coy -v $(pwd):/app sandrokeil/bookdown doc/bookdown.json
$ docker run -it --rm -p 8080:8080 -v $(pwd):/app php:5.6-cli php -S -t /app/doc/html

or for Bookdown via Composer.

$ export CSS_BOOTSWATCH=superhero && export CSS_PRISM=coy && php ./vendor/bin/bookdown doc/bookdown.json
$ php -S -t doc/html/

Then browse to http://localhost:8080/

Bookdown Bootswatch templates in action

Here are some documentation examples generated with this template.

Further Information