Paradox is a Markdown documentation tool for software projects. The GitHub repo is lightbend/paradox.

Paradox is NOT supported under the Lightbend subscription.


Find the latest version, and create project/paradox.sbt:

addSbtPlugin("com.lightbend.paradox" % "sbt-paradox" % "X.Y.Z")

Inside build.sbt, add ParadoxPlugin to a subproject:

lazy val root = (project in file(".")).
    name := "Hello Project",
    paradoxTheme := Some(builtinParadoxTheme("generic"))

Then call paradox which will generate the site in target/paradox/site/main.

Your markdown documentation will go inside src/main/paradox/. For example, you can start with src/main/paradox/

Key features

  • Supports Multi-configuration.
  • Supports GitHub flavored Markdown.
  • Principled markdown extension using generic directives syntax.
  • GitHub-friendly Markdown source (links work).
  • Code snippet inclusion for compilable code examples.
  • Templating and theming.
  • Documentation overlay.

Generic directive

Paradox extends Markdown in a principled manner called generic directives syntax, which basically means that all of our extensions would start with @ (for inline), @@ (leaf block), or @@@ (container block).

License and credits

  • Copyright 2015-2017 Lightbend, Inc. Paradox is provided under the Apache 2.0 license.
  • The markdown engine is based on Mathias’s Pegdown.
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