# Overview and installation¶

This is a guide for creating your own book using Jupyter Book. Book content is written in markdown and Jupyter Notebooks, and jupyter-book converts these into a book fit for hosting on the web or a publishable PDF.

## Install the command-line interface¶

First off, make sure you have the CLI installed so that you can work with Jupyter Book. The Jupyter-Book CLI allows you to build and control your Jupyter Book. You can install it via pip with the following command:

pip install -U "jupyter-book>=0.7.0b"


A note for windows users

Currently, Jupyter Book is tested in a unix-like environment, and it is highly recommended that you use a unix environment to build your books. If you’re running a recent version of Windows 10, we recommend installing Windows Subsystem for Linux. If you’d like to help with adding Windows support, please say hello in this issue.

## The book building process¶

Building a Jupyter Book broadly consists of two steps:

1. Put your book content in a folder. Jupyter Book needs the following pieces in order to build your book:

• Your content files (the pages of your book) in either markdown or Jupyter Notebooks.

• A Table of Contents YAML file (_toc.yml) that defines the structure of your book.

• (optional) A configuration file (_config.yml) to control the behavior of Jupyter Book.

2. Build your book. Using Jupyter Book’s command-line interface you can convert your pages into either an HTML or a PDF book.

3. Host your book’s HTML online. Once your book’s HTML is built, you can host it online as a public website. See Publish your book online for more information.

## Anatomy of a Jupyter Book¶

Jupyter-Book comes with a demo book so that you can see how the content files are used in the book. We’ll begin with a quick tour of these files, as they are the pieces that you’ll modify for your own book.

Running the following command will create a new Jupyter Book with a few content pages and a Table of Contents to get you started:

Note

Jupyter Book uses a command-line interface to generate books. For more complete information about the CLI, see The command-line interface.

### Create a template Jupyter Book¶

We’ll use a small template book to show what kinds of files you might put inside your own. To create a new Jupyter Book, type the following at the command-line:

jupyter-book create mybookname


A new book will be created at the path that you’ve given (in this case, mybookname/).

Note

If you would like to quickly generate a basic Table of Contents YAML file, run the following command:

jupyter-book toc mybookname/


And it will generate a TOC for you. Note that there must be at least one content file in each folder in order for any sub-folders to be parsed.

Let’s take a quick look at some important files in the demo book you created:

mybookname/
├── _config.yml
├── _toc.yml
├── content.md
├── intro.md
├── markdown.md
├── notebooks.ipynb
└── references.bib


Here’s a quick rundown of the files you can modify for yourself, and that ultimately make up your book.

### Book configuration¶

All of the configuration for your book is in the following file:

mybookname/
├── _config.yml


You can define metadata for your book (such as its title), add a book logo, turn on different “interactive” buttons (such as a Binder button for pages built from a Jupyter Notebook), and more.

mybookname/
├── _toc.yml


This is a YAML file with a collection of pages, each one linking to a file in your content/ folder. Here’s an example of a few pages defined in toc.yml.

- file: features/features
sections:
- file: features/markdown
- file: features/notebooks


The top-most level of your TOC file are book chapters. Above, this is the “Features” page. Note that in this case the title of the page is not explicitly specified but is inferred from the source files. This behavior is controlled by the page_titles setting in _config.yml (see Files for more details). Each chapter can have several sections (defined in sections:) and each section can have several sub-sections (which would be define with a deeper level of sections:). In addition, you can use a few extra YAML values to control the behavior of Jupyter-Book (for example, not_numbered: true will prevent Jupyter Book from numbering the pages in that chapter).

Each item in the _toc.yml file points to a single content file. The links should be relative to your book’s folder and with no extension.

For example, in the example above there is a file in mybookname/content/notebooks.ipynb. The TOC entry that points to this file is here:

    - file: features/notebooks


## Book content¶

The markdown and ipynb files in your folder is your book’s content. Some content files for the demo book are shown below:

mybookname/
...
├── content.md
└── notebooks.ipynb


Note that the content files are either Jupyter Notebooks or Markdown files. These are the files that define “sections” in your book.

You can store these files in whatever collection of folders you’d like, note that the structure of your book when it is built will depend solely on the order of items in your _toc.yml file (see below section)

### Book bibliography for citations¶

If you’d like to build a bibliography for your book, you can do so by including the following file:

mybookname/
└── references.bib


This BiBTex file can be used to insert citations into your book’s pages. For more information, see Citations and cross-references.

## Next step: build your book¶

Now that you’ve got a Jupyter Book folder structure, we can create the HTML (or PDF) for each of your book’s pages. That’s covered in the next section.