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Getting Started

Starlight is a full-featured documentation theme built on top of the Astro framework. This guide will help you get started with a new project. See the manual setup instructions to add Starlight to an existing Astro project.

Quick Start

Create a new project

Create a new Astro + Starlight project by running the following command in your terminal:

Terminal window
npm create astro@latest -- --template starlight

This will create a new project directory with all the necessary files and configurations for your site.

Start the development server

When working locally, Astro’s development server lets you preview your work and automatically refreshes your browser when you make changes.

Inside your project directory, run the following command to start the development server:

Terminal window
npm run dev

This will log a message to your terminal with the URL of your local preview. Open this URL to start browsing your site.

Add content

Starlight is ready for you to add new content, or bring your existing files!

Add new pages to your site by creating Markdown files in the src/content/docs/ directory.

Read more about file-based routing and support for MDX and Markdoc files in the “Pages” guide.

Next steps

Updating Starlight

Starlight is an Astro integration. You can update it and other Astro packages by running the following command in your terminal:

Terminal window
npx @astrojs/upgrade

See the Starlight changelog for a full list of the changes made in each release.

Troubleshooting Starlight

Use the project configuration and individual page frontmatter configuration reference pages to ensure that your Starlight site is configured and functioning properly. See the guides in the sidebar for help adding content and customizing your Starlight site.

If your answer cannot be found in these docs, please visit the full Astro Docs for complete Astro documentation. Your question may be answered by understanding how Astro works in general, underneath this Starlight theme.

You can also check for any known Starlight issues on GitHub, and get help in the Astro Discord from our active, friendly community! Post questions in our #support forum with the “starlight” tag, or visit our dedicated #starlight channel to discuss current development and more!