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Configuration file

Eleventy Notes provides several configuration options to customize the app. All of them are optional, but a basic configuration is recommended.

Basic configuration

Create a new file app.json in the root of the project, next to your notes. Add a custom title (shown in the header) and a description (not shown but used by search engines):

  "title": "John's Notes",
  "description": "The personal notes of John Doe"

JSON Schema

If you use an editor like VS Code that supports JSON schema, add the $schema property to your configuration file. This will give you autocompletion, descriptions and validation:

  "$schema": ".app/app.schema.json"
  // ...

Supported configurations

In addition to the basic configuration, you can also:

  • Add an edit link to your notes, see Edit link
  • Customize the notes in the sidebar or add links to other websites, see Sidebar
  • Customize the content of the panel, see Panel
  • Configure custom properties in the panel, see Custom Properties
  • Change the color scheme, see Themes
  • Customize the behavior of Wikilinks, see Wikilinks
  • Create mappings for your tags, see Tags


The following example shows the supported configuration options:

  "title": "John's Notes",
  "description": "The personal notes of John Doe",
  "customProperties": {
    "properties": []
  "theme": {
    "color": "sky"
  "editThisNote": {
    "url": "{{file}}"
  "sidebar": {
    "links": [],
    "notes": [{}]
  "panel": {
    "tableOfContents": true,
    "tags": true,
    "customProperties": true,
    "incomingLinks": true,
    "outgoingLinks": true,
    "externalLinks": true
  "wikilinks": {
    "autoLabel": "ref",
    "anchorLabel": "none"
  "tags": {
    "map": {}