How does Fumadocs different from other existing frameworks


Fumadocs, unlike the other frameworks, it expects you to write code and cooperate with other parts of your software. While most frameworks are configured with a configuration file, they are usually lack of flexibility when you attempted to complete something more advanced. You can't control how they render the page, neither the internal logic.

Fumadocs has no magic: It gives you the utilities and a good-looking user interface. You are still using the features of Next.js App Router, configuring Static Site Generation same as a normal Next.js application. There is nothing new for Next.js developers, you can use it with confidence.

For instance, in this docs, all index pages are rendered dynamically. Feel free to take a look at the source code of this documentation.

Opinionated on UI: The only thing Fumadocs UI offers is User Interface, it is opinionated on UI for the best mobile responsibility and user experience. The design is regularly updated, and we are welcome for feedback about the UI.


Fumadocs is highly inspired by Nextra. For example, the Routing Conventions. That is why meta.json also exists in Fumadocs.

However, it is not a drop-in replacement for Nextra.

While we both support a lot of advanced usages, Nextra is more opinionated than Fumadocs. Fumadocs is accelerated by App Router. As a result, It provides many server-side functions and you have to configure things manually compared to simply editing a configuration file.

Fumadocs works great if you want more control over everything, such as adding it to an existing codebase or implementing advanced routing.

Feature Table

Static GenerationYesYes
Light/Dark ModeYesYes
Syntax HighlightingYesYes
Table of ContentsYesYes
Full-text SearchYesYes
Last Git Edit TimeYesYes
Page IconsYesNo
RSCYesPages Router Only
Remote SourceYesNot Documented
SEOVia MetadataYes
Built-in ComponentsYesYes
RTL LayoutYesYes

Additional Features

Features supported via 3rd party libraries like TypeDoc will not be listed here.

OpenAPI IntegrationYesNo
TypeScript Docs GenerationYesNo
TypeScript TwoslashYesNo


Mintlify is a documentation service, as compared to Fumadocs, it offers a free tier while isn't completely free and open source.

Fumadocs is not as powerful as Mintlify, for example, the OpenAPI integration of Mintlify. As the creator of Fumadocs, I wouldn't recommend switching to Fumadocs from Mintlify if you're satisfied with the current way you build docs. However, I believe Fumadocs is a suitable tool for all Next.js developer who want to have an elegant docs.


Docusaurus is a powerful framework based on React.js. It offers many cool features with plugins and custom themes.

Better DX

Since Fumadocs is built on the top of Next.js, you'll have to start the Next.js dev server everytime to review changes. And boilerplate code is relatively more compared to Docusaurus. For a simple docs, Docusaurus might be a better choice if you don't need any Next.js specific functionality.


You can easily achieve many things with plugins. Although the flexibility of Fumadocs is high, their eco-system is larger and maintained by many contributors.

When to use Fumadocs?

For most of the web applications, vanilla React.js is no longer enough. Nowadays, we also wish to have a blog, a showcase page, a FAQ page, etc. With a fancy UI that's breathtaking, in these cases, Fumadocs can help you build the docs easier, with less boilerplate.

We are working forward

More and more advanced features are rolling out. We currently support multiple searching solutions including Algolia Search. A good UI and user experience is always our priority, welcome to give us feedback via Github discussions!

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