Bookiza is super easy to install.

The following dependencies must be installed before proceeding to install Bookiza.

node (>=8.11.3), gulp, shelljs, git-scm and a unixy-style shell or the terminal app.

Install Nodejs

It is recommended to install the latest stable (it’s free!) version of node (v8.11.3 or higher as of writing this) directly from the Nodes.js® website.

Mac/ El Capitan

On Mac it is generally recommended to install use homebrew to install node. Also works with Linux/Ubuntu.

$ ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
$ brew update
$ brew doctor

Once your system is ready to brew, install node:

$ brew install node 

When node installation is over, check:

$ node -v


Download the Windows installer and run the installer (the .msi file) in the previous step. Follow the prompts in the installer, accept the license agreement, click the NEXT button to accept the default installation settings.

Restart your computer.


Use package control to grab the appropriate node installer for your distro. You can use homebrew to install node on a linux machine.

Once node is installed always check its version with:

$ node -v

Next, we’ll install git.


Bookiza uses the git-scm internally to hook up your project (manuscript) to a repository. While this step is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to commit and track changes to your manuscript over time and check-in the progress into a repository on sites like Github or Bitbucket to back it up.

You can use any other version control software if you like.

Mac / El Capitan

If you are using Mac, you may already have Git. To find out, open a terminal and enter git --version. If it’s not there already, install with brew install git.

Or you can download the installer, double-click the .dmg and complete its installation. After installation is complete, configure git global and global on your machine as shown below:

$ git --version
$ git version 2.10.1

Configure git after installation with:

$ git config --global "Your Full Name"

$ git config --global ""


Download the Windows Installer Package for Git.

Run the installer on your computer to open Git Setup wizard and follow through all the steps to complete the installation. Once the installation has completed, open Bash.vbs inside the Git folder / Programs directory to open the command window.

Configure your Git global and Git global as shown above.

Linux / Ubuntu

On Ubuntu use the apt package manager or the command line utility apt-get (or optionally the GUI like Synaptic or Aptitude) to install Git. You can also install git via the terminal with one of the following commands depending on your distro:

$ brew install git          # Works on Mac & Linux both.


$ sudo apt-get install git  # Ubuntu/Debian 


$ sudo yum install git-all  # Fedora

Upon completion of installation make sure to configure Git global and global as shown above.

Install Bookiza

You’ll need to install bookiza and gulp globally. Once the installation is complete, check with $ bookiza --version.

$ npm install bookiza@1.0.0-beta.4 -g      // Or $ npm i bookiza@latest -g

$ bookiza --version

$ bookiza --help        // Glossary

If for some reason you’re unable to upgrade node binaries (for example, on v6.2.0 or below) you might want to try installing bookiza as-is first and if it doesn’t work then use the \--harmony flag in the shebangs of the executable bin. Read more about this issue on Stackoverflow.


async, superagent, progress, co-prompt, co, path, fs, chalk, commander, string, dateformat, shelljs, os-homedir

The bash plugin of Bookiza has been deprecated.