A tutorial is a complete walkthrough of how to build something practical. It is step-by-step and self-contained example, providing all the necessary content inline and focused on a single, well-defined outcome. Tutorials support multiple programming languages, if that's what you need.

Note: Please read our Tutorials and Use Cases guide to help you decide whether a tutorial is the best fit for your content.

The following screenshot illustrates the appearance of a tutorial:

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Explain what the problem is and outline the steps that you'll take to overcome it in bullet points.

Note: The opening has no heading as the heading should serve this purpose.


Every tutorial has its own problem to solve. Use headings and sections that align with the steps one would take to overcome the problem.


Reflect on:

  • What you have done
  • How you could extend on what you have learnt

Point to resources:

  • Guides - Guides covering the concepts used in the tutorial.
  • Code Snippets - cover specific bits of code to do single function operations.
  • API Reference - Given that the tutorial is opinionated, provide this as a resource to allow the user to see what other options are available to them.
  • Tutorials - Other relevant tutorials.

External Tutorials

We can include tutorial entries for content that is actually elsewhere, such as on the blog. This is useful for bringing Tutorial Tuesday content and X with Y posts into the developer portal so that users can find other content that may be of interest.

To create an external tutorial, create a markdown file with just frontmatter. It should look something like this:

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title: Anything-to-SMS with IFTTT and Nexmo
products: messaging/sms
description: This is a description that will be shown on the tutorials list page
external_link: https://www.nexmo.com/blog/2018/09/18/anything-to-sms-ifttt-nexmo-dr/
    - Node

These will be rendered as tutorials in the tutorial listing pages, but when clicked the user will go to the original source of the content.