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RetroPie documentation style guide

RetroPie documentation pages uses Markdown for formatting and MkDocs to the documentation pages. The sources are hosted as a Github project at RetroPie-Docs.

You'll want to use Commonmark Markdown and the reason for this is MkDocs' Python parsers handle Markdown flavours differently and it will choke on certain aspects of Github (or other) flavoured Markdown.

To modify or add a new page, a Github account is required.
An existing page can be edited by:

  • editing the page from the Docs project repository directly, picking the page from one of pages in the repository
  • clicking on the Edit link at the top of the page, from the documentation site

After editing is complete, a Github pull request (PR) should be submitted to the RetroPie-Docs Github repository. Github will do that automatically if you used the web interface to edit the page.

When adding a new page that should present in the navigation menu (TOC) of the documentation, the mkdocs.yml file should be also modified and the new page added under the nav setting.

The following are some notes on proper syntax.


The headings (defined by #) should follow a natural progression of the hierarchy of the page contents. You cannot have two title headings otherwise they won't show up on the table of contents on the right side of the page


# Title
## Main heading one
### Sub Heading one
### Sub heading two
## Main heading two


Links should follow this syntax


If it is a link to another documentation page, it should be the name of the page:


You can link to a specific section of a document page by adding an anchor (#) to that particular section:

[NeoGeo BIOS talk](Neogeo#BIOS_Talk)

Code Blocks

Code blocks should be created with backticks: 1 set for inline code highlighting and 3 for code blocks

  • Inline code highlights:


will render as: inline

  • Code blocks:


code block


will render as:

code block

Nesting lists

If you are doing sub-nests on un-ordered lists, use 2 spaces to indent each list level.

- 1st list level
  - 2nd level
    -  a 3rd level
  - 2nd level again

It should render like this:

  • 1st list level
    • 2nd level
      • a 3rd level
    • 2nd level again

A line break in a list should be created by using 4 spaces:

- a list item
    continued here on the 2nd paragraph
- 2nd list item

Will render as:

  • a list item
    continued here on the 2nd paragraph
  • 2nd list item


Numbers will only order properly if in a listed sequence. If that sequence is broken by paragraphs then the numbering will restart.

Numbered lists are formatted as follows:

1. item 1
2. item 2
3. item 3
4. item 4

If they are not in a listed sequence then you can just label the numbers manually with:

Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.

etc. or you can just use un-ordered lists if numbers really aren't that important.


Emojis are not supported with Python markdown and should be avoided. Rather important text should be bolded or italicised.

The following in Github:


renders to :exclamation:

but in the generated docs it will show



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