Free & Open Source

BookStack is fully free and open, MIT licensed. The source is available on GitHub. There is no cost to downloading and installing your own instance of bookstack.

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Easy, Simple Interface

Simplicity has been the top priority when building BookStack. The page editor has a simple WYSIWYG interface and all content is broken into three simple real world groups:

Books    Chapters   Pages

Searchable and Connected

The content in BookStack is fully searchable. You are able to search at book level or across all books, chapters & pages. The ability to link directly to any paragraph allows you to keeps your documentation connected.


Configuration options allow you to set-up BookStack to suit your use case. You can change the name, Logo and registration options. You can also change whether the whole system is publicly viewable or not.

Simple Requirements

BookStack is built using PHP, on top of the Laravel framework and it uses MySQL to store data. Performance has been kept in mind and BookStack can run happily on a $5 Digital Ocean VPS.

Powerful Features

On top of the powerful search and linking there is also cross-book sorting, Page revisions, Image management. Some more mega-features are planned such as static-site generation and quick exporting.

Try Out BookStack

You can try out BookStack right now by using the given details. The demo database & image storage is automatically reset every half hour. Most standard actions are available using the provided admin login but some actions, listed below, have been restricted to keep the demo instance open & available. That said, all options & actions are at least visible to the demo admin user.

Actions Restricted In Demo
  • User deletion
  • User updates
  • Setting updates


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Over 300 Stars, The Next Release and Dockerizing

Over 300 Stars It's a bit delayed but BookStack now has over 300 stars on GitHub. Hooray! 🎆 Still fairly minor in the grand scheme of things but I hope this continues to grow in the future. The Next Release The next release is going to be packed with some big »

Beta Bugfix Release v0.12.1

A new bugfix has been released to patch up a few issues found in v0.12. Update instructions GitHub release page It was found that I had accidentally set two shortcuts on the same keys, The draft quick save and inline-code format were both mapped to ctrl+s. This has »

Beta Release v0.12.0

BookStack v0.12.0 has now been released bringing a range of new features and bug fixes. Let's get to it: Update instructions GitHub release page Edit Summaries When editing a page you can now add a one-liner to summarise the changes you've made. This allows you to build a »