Project: remarkjs/remark-usage

Package: remark-usage@10.0.1

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  2. remark plugin to add a usage example to your readme
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remark plugin to add a usage example to a readme.


What is this?

This package is a unified (remark) plugin to add a usage section to markdown.

When should I use this?

You can use this on readmes of npm packages to keep the docs in sync with the project through an actual code sample.


This package is ESM only. In Node.js (version 16+), install with npm:

npm install remark-usage


This section is rendered by this module from example.js. Turtles all the way down. 🐢🐢🐢

Say we are making a module that exports just enough Pi (3.14159). We’re documenting it with a readme file, example/readme.md:

# PI

More than enough 🍰

## Usage

## License


…and an example script to document it example/example.js:

// Load dependencies:
import {pi} from './index.js'

// Logging `pi` yields:
console.log('txt', pi)

…if we use remark-usage, we can generate the Usage section

import {remark} from 'remark'
import remarkUsage from 'remark-usage'
import {read} from 'to-vfile'

const file = await read({path: 'readme.md', cwd: 'example'})

await remark().use(remarkUsage).process(file)

…then printing file (the newly generated readme) yields:

# PI

More than enough 🍰

## Usage

Load dependencies:

import {pi} from 'pi'

Logging `pi` yields:


## License



This package exports no identifiers. The default export is remarkUsage.

unified().use(remarkUsage[, options])

Add a usage example to a readme.

Looks for the first heading matching options.heading (case insensitive), removes everything between it and an equal or higher next heading, and replaces that with an example.

The example runs in Node.js (so no side effects!). Line comments (//) are turned into markdown. Calls to console.log() are exposed as code blocks, containing the logged values, so console.log(1 + 1) becomes 2. Use a string as the first argument to log to use as the language for the code.

You can ignore lines with remark-usage-ignore-next:

// remark-usage-ignore-next
const two = sum(1, 1)

// remark-usage-ignore-next 3
function sum(a, b) {
  return a + b

…if no skip is given, 1 line is skipped.


Transform (Transformer).


Configuration (TypeScript type).



This package is fully typed with TypeScript. It exports the additional type Options.


Projects maintained by the unified collective are compatible with maintained versions of Node.js.

When we cut a new major release, we drop support for unmaintained versions of Node. This means we try to keep the current release line, remark-usage@^11, compatible with Node.js 16.

This plugin works with remark version 12+ and remark-cli version 8+.


Use of remark-usage is unsafe because main and example are executed. This could become dangerous if an attacker was able to inject code into those files or their dependencies.


See contributing.md in remarkjs/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

This project has a code of conduct. By interacting with this repository, organization, or community you agree to abide by its terms.


MIT © Titus Wormer