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Developer Resources


Documentation is an incredibly important part of Fides, both for explaining its concepts to general audiences and describing its usage to developers.


Fides includes a great deal of "concept" documentation, which covers features, tutorials, guides, and examples separately from the auto-generated API reference.

To write concept docs, add Markdown files to the /pages/ directory (or one of its subdirectories). To ensure that your page is displayed correctly in the navigation, edit the corresponding meta.json to include a reference to it.



Concepts that refer to proper nouns or are trademarked should always be capitalized. The exception for Fides is only when referencing any languages or tools, such as fideslang or fideslog.

Other Fides terms, like "Data Category" or "System", should also be capitalized to be clear about the fact that a Fides resource is being referenced.

When a System is applied, it is either created or updated through the Fides API.

The System model requires a field called fides_key.

Previewing docs locally

Documentation (including both concepts and API references) is built and deployed with every merge to the fidesdocs master branch.

The project uses pnpm (opens in a new tab), Nextra (opens in a new tab) and deploys via Vercel (opens in a new tab). To develop it locally, clone this repository and run the following command to start the local dev server:

pnpm install
pnpm dev

And visit localhost:3000 to preview your changes.