• Layout
  • Layout
  • Navbar
About 5 min

The Navbar may contain your site title, Search Box, Navbar Links, I18nopen in new window, Repository Link and Outlook Popup. They all depend on your configuration.

You can add links to the navbar via navbar options, it accepts an array.

String Format

The easiest way to configure the navbar is to fill in the paths of the page files to be displayed in turn, so that the text, icons and links of the item will be automatically generated from the corresponding files.


You can omit the .md extension, and paths ending with / are inferred as /

Object Format

If you are not satisfied with the page’s icon or feel that the page title is too long, you can configure an object instead. Available configuration items are:

  • text:: item text
  • link: item link
  • icon: item icon (optional)
  • activeMatch: item active math (optional), support regexp strings

Advanced usage of activeMatch

activeMatch gives you the ability to control whether the path is active, for example you may have the following dropdown:

  • /path/
  • /path/a/
  • /path/b/

But you may have multiple folders with files under /path/. To avoid multiple dropdown items been activated under route starting with /path/a/ or /path/b/, you can set activeMatch option for the first item with ^/path/(?:(?!a/|b/).*)?$.

To display more links, you can group similar links into a dropdown list.

You need use object format and provide the additional children option to nest links:

In most cases, the grouped items in the navbar belong to the same category and will be placed in the same subdirectory, and they have the same path prefix.

To simplify the configuration, you can add the prefix field to add a prefix to each sub-link in the group:

You can also have sub groups inside a dropdown by having nested children:

Disable Navbar

To disable the navbar globally, set navbar: false in theme options:

You can disable the navbar for a specific page via YAML front matter:

navbar: false

You can use logo options to set site logo displayed in navbar.

The logo is displayed on the navbar instead of the previous site name on mobile.


Please fill in an absolute path and place the logo in .vuepress/public folder.


You can set logoDark to display another logo in dark mode.

I18n Support

The theme’s navbar supports I18nopen in new window, so you can set navbar options mentioned above individually in each language:

Like the default theme, vuepress-theme-hope brings built-in support for search plugins. You can enable the following plugins according to your own needs. The corresponding search box will automatically appear in the navbar.

For details, please see Feature → Search.

A repo button will appear in navbar if you set repo in theme options.

You can control whether showing the repository button via repoDisplay in theme options.

Outlook Popup

The following three functions are provided:

Layout config

vuepress-theme-hope allows you to customize navbar layout. You can add components in left, center and right keys under navbarLayout options.

Available components:

  • Brand: Site Brand
  • Links: Navbar links
  • Language: Language Switcher
  • Search: Search Box
  • Outlook: Outlook Popup
  • Repo: Project Repo

By default, we are using the following options:

Types and Helpers

vuepress-theme-hope exports the type of navbar as HopeThemeNavbarConfig, and provides a navbar helper function. They can provide validation and autocompletion of navbar configuration in TS and JS.


They mainly deal with scenarios when you split your VuePress configuration into multiple parts.


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