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Adding Comments to Docusaurus Sites

· 3 min read

After recently moving my site from WordPress to Docusaurus, I decided I wanted a comments feature. Not because I got many comments before, nor have I written here in years (something I hope to write about soon), but for the challenge.

Docusaurus is a static site generator (SSG), so self-hosted comments seem impossible. And I find tools like Discus distasteful since they use a single login one can be tracked across multiple domains.

Today I found giscus, and had it set up in less than an hour. It uses GitHub's API to treat the discussions section of a repository as a data source for comments.

While I have my own issues with GitHub post-acquisition, it's a far better solution than tying in Discus, Google, or Facebook to my site. And since I use Docusaurus for professional documentation sites, it's a nice lower barrier to entry for non-technical folks to engage with content, and only one extra click to turn a discussion item into an issue. So my blog made for a perfect sandbox to test it out.

One of the most prominent search result for a guide is behind Medium's paywall, so I figured I'd write up the process myself.

Since my blog is just that, not a documentation site, I'm applying this comments feature to blog pages. To apply this to docs pages you'd likely replace BlogPostItem in the steps below with DocItem, though I haven't yet tested to confirm.

Define the Component

  1. Begin at, which will guide you through the process of authorizing the bot, preparing a repository, and collecting the details needed. Come back here when you get to the Enable giscus section, which is where we begin the custom setup for Docusaurus.

  2. Define a new GiscusComponent component at src/components/GiscusComponents/index.js:

    import React from 'react';
    import Giscus from "@giscus/react";
    import { useColorMode } from '@docusaurus/theme-common';

    export default function GiscusComponent() {
    const { colorMode } = useColorMode();

    return (
    term="specific-term" //If you didn't select "Discussion title contains a specific term", omit.

    Replace the values with those provided by

Swizzle BlogPostPage

In Docusaurus terms, to "swizzle" is to extract a component of Docusaurus into your managed code base, so that you can make modifications. Their documentation and CLI will warn you numerous times that this is dangerous, but I've yet to encounter issues after many a swizzles.

  1. From your docusaurus directory, "swizzle" the BlogPostPage component:

    npm run swizzle @docusaurus/theme-classic BlogPostPage --

    The CLI will ask if you want to "Wrap" or "Eject" the component. Choose "Eject".

  2. Open the newly created file at src/components/theme/BlogPostPage/index.js and import your new component:

    import GiscusComponent from '@site/src/components/GiscusComponent';

    function BlogPostPageContent({sidebar, children}) {
  3. Directly under the BlogPostItem line, add the new component:

    <GiscusComponent />

That's it! Check your local preview for the comments window, it should look just like the one at the bottom of this page (depending on your color scheme).