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Run verb ( by using a docker-container.
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Run verb on Docker.

Table of Contents


- Motivation
- Run
- Configuration
- Recipes
Watching doc changes Run only if necessary
- Installation
- Known Issues
- Changelog
- About
Contributing License

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verb is a great solution to document projects, create README files, enter README driven development.
This project helps to make it even easier to use by "dockerizing" verb.

(By using this solution you do not need to install verb as a global node.js package anymore)


$ docker run --rm -v ${PWD}:/opt/verb stefanwalther/verb

What does actually happen here?

  • A docker container using the given solution will be spinned up
  • -v mounts the current directory to the docker container
  • Finally, after the container has been built, verb will be executed (and the container being destroyed)


I recommend to add a task into your package.json file, which triggers the creation of your file

  "name": "Your Repo",
  "scripts": {
    "docs": "docker run --rm -v ${PWD}:/opt/verb stefanwalther/verb"

Then, whenever you want to generate your docs, run:

$ npm run docs


Some recipes I have come up over time, using verb nearly on a daily basis.

Watching doc changes

If you want to auto-build your docs whenever you make changes, there is a pretty neat way to achieve that:

1) Install nodemon

$ npm install -g nodemon

2) Add a watch script to your package.json

"scripts": {
    "docs": "docker run --rm -v ${PWD}:/opt/verb stefanwalther/verb",
    "docs:watch": "nodemon --config ./nodemon.json --exec 'yarn' docs"

3) Add a nodemon.json config file to your root dir:

  "ext": "md",
  "verbose": false,
  "ignore": [
  "watch": [

4) Run docs:watch

$ npm run docs:watch

If you are not making any changes to either .verb or any document in ./docs, then your will be re-generated.

Run only if necessary

If you commit often, you don't want to miss when to run verb, but on the other hand I don't want to run it if not necessary.
This is how I manged to achieve this goal:

1) First of all I use husky to be able to add git hooks (precommit, prepublish, etc.)
2) I combine a prepush hook with a custom script which just figures out if running verb is necessary (in this case only if there are changes in the .verb file or if anything has changed in the ./docs/ directory).


  "scripts": {
    "docs-if-necessary": "./scripts/",
    "docs": "docker run --rm -v ${PWD}:/opt/verb stefanwalther/verb",
    "prepublish": "npm run docs-if-necessary"


#!/usr/bin/env bash

if (git status | grep -E "docs/|" -q);
  npm run docs;

  # Stop the push
  # Note: Instead of exiting you could even go one step further and 
  # automatically git commit the newly created I have
  # experimented with that, but didn't really like it.
  exit 10; 




Known Issues

... none known so far ...





Stefan Walther


Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue. The process for contributing is outlined below:

  1. Create a fork of the project
  2. Work on whatever bug or feature you wish
  3. Create a pull request (PR)

I cannot guarantee that I will merge all PRs but I will evaluate them all.


Copyright © 2017, Stefan Walther.


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