Cover image for Generate beautiful README in 10 seconds

Generate beautiful README in 10 seconds

kefranabg profile image Franck Abgrall ใƒป1 min read

Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹

A well structured and beautiful README is very important, especially for opensource projects. This is the first thing that visitors will see when they discover your project.

This is why I created readme-md-generator, a tool that generates beautiful basic README.md files with less efforts !

All you need to do is answer a few questions, and readme-md-generator will do the rest ๐Ÿ‘Œ

readme-md-generator is able to read your environment (package.json, git config...) to suggest you default answers during the README.md creation process :


Generated README.md :

cli output

Feel free to check out the github repos if you're interested !

Posted on by:

kefranabg profile

Franck Abgrall


@VuePress core team | Vue.js lover | Pwa enthusiast


Editor guide

I love this. Great idea! READMEs are super important and can be very daunting, especially to a beginner. I love this as a way to create a useful README for a project. It creates something that could stand alone or be a great starting point with a lot of the boilerplate in place.
My only question is, did you use the project itself to generate the README for the project? :)


Why would it be daunting to create a readme? At least, why would it be any more difficult for someone new to things that downloading, installing and running an app?


A README is meant to be a detailed document that describes what a project is, how to install it, and how to use it. It also needs information on things like how to contribute to the project. That can be a lot to think about, especially for a beginner who is still working out how to make their project work. One can end up putting a lot of pressure on themselves unnecessarily when thinking about everything that goes into a document like this. Having a nice boilerplate process takes a lot of the guess work out of the process and makes it more achievable to great something useful to others.

What I guess I mean is, why does it help for this to be an app, why not just a template Markdown or text file?

I think because it is more interactive using an app. Interactive tools are fun to use. Also with a template you could miss some fields, not with a tool that asks you for the informations.

With a template you could add sections as you need to for future projects without forking and hacking someone else's app.

I agree with Nathanaรซl. Interactive tools can be very effective in making sure one doesn't miss things or at least knowingly skips them. Like when starting a new project with npm init it is helpful to have an app make sure you get everything right from the start.
But, this isn't for everyone. For some folks it may be just as easy to have a repo with all of the starting points they need. Now that Github has template repos one could easily have this setup in their account and use it to get going on a project.


Yes I used the generator for the README :p thank you so much for your feedback !


Franck ,this is so Good.I always find difficulties remembering markdown syntax and creating readme files.
Using this project , I will never be lazy again in creating consistent ,useful and beautiful readme files.

Thanks a lot.


Hey, cool!

It is usually difficult and annoying to create a readme file. There is no standard way of doing this, everyone has to create their own and it is not always simple and easy to understand.
With this tool, we have a well-planned and structured way of doing this.

Well done. This is a very good tool.

Thanks for sharing.


This seems exactly like something I was looking for all over on the internet. And, thought about creating something similar. But, you did a great job. If I want, I will fork your repo and contribute some features for sure if they come in my mind. For now, I have starred it. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘


This is pretty cool โœŒ๐Ÿป It's great if you don't know how to start writing a README file.


This looks great! Can't wait to give it a spin.


This is really awesome! Great job. I'm totally using this on new projects.


this looks great! now I have to go back to every github repo I have, and re-generate readmes :)


Wow! Great idea! This is what I need at work, most of my colleagues have never written a Readme file. ๐Ÿ˜’


Thank you. I tested it. Really handy tool. :)


Great work! Now only if I could have my documentation for my projects created so easily. ๐Ÿค”


This is amazing! Great work! Thank you!


Great idea Franck! Keep up the good work!


This is awesome!!!! :D


I have many repos without a readme. This will fix that! Thank you!


I will try this on my next project.


I like it. I love it. Consistency and convention! For a future iteration... maybe a linkedin prompt along with github and twitter?


Nice, good job creating generator.. i made one my self for fun: arturssmirnovs.github.io/github-pr...


How they generated their README.md file?


Great post!! Thanks a lot!!