I am a new admin user of CiviCRM and want to know how to download a copy of the latest Admin Guide rather than view online? This is referred to in the introduction and refers to the chapter 'History of this Guide' but I can't find a link to a file anywhere.

  • What is the preferred format for your local guide. You can find the markdown source of the documentation on GitHub but I suppose that is not convenient. Jan 16, 2017 at 16:58

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What follows are steps to download and view the User Guide offline using the MkDocs software.

Caveats: this solution (a) requires some technical skill to set up, and (b) still requires a web browser to read (though not an Internet connection).

  1. Install pip (python package manager)

    • OS X: brew install python
    • Debian/Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install python-pip python-wheel
  2. Install MkDocs

    sudo pip install mkdocs
  3. Download the source files for the guide from GitHub.

    git clone https://github.com/civicrm/civicrm-user-guide.git
    cd civicrm-user-guide
  4. Run MkDocs

    mkdocs serve
  5. View through your browser at http://localhost:8000

More information about the process is available on the documentation page within the CiviCRM Developer Guide.


I'm not sure how you can get a download version of the Admin Guide other than to Copy and Paste.

On the CiviCRM Documentation wiki page at https://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/CiviCRM+Documentation, in the bottom left hand corner, there is reference to some CiviCRM books that are available for purchase. I believe that if you use a discount code PACKT20, you can get a 20% discount but I haven't personally tested this out.

Hope this helps.

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