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How to write a table of contents in a


I'm trying to add a table of contents into a for one of my repositories but I can't find a way to do it.

I tried to use the same syntax as GitHub, something similar to:

# Table of Contents

1. [My first title](#my-first-title)
2. [My second title](#my-second-title)
## My first title
Some text.
## My second title

But it doesn't work. Nothing happens when I click on the links generated into the ToC.

I'm running Bitbucket server 5.4. Is it possible to do such a thing please? I didn't find anything relevant into the Atlassian documentation.

Thanks for your help.


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For bitbucket server:

1. [ Description. ](#desc)
2. [ Usage tips. ](#usage)

<a name="desc"></a>
## 1. Description


<a name="usage"></a>
## 2. Usage tips


It works! Thank you very much!

Obviously works because, as you said, you are hosting your own bitbucket server.

Others, reading this post and using Markdown on does not allow HTML tags (for security reasons). and other Markdown environments do, so in a common Markdown editor on your PC it should work, but you cannot publish that on

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On, just write "[TOC]", see

For other editors see their references. Retext, e.g., and maybe any Python based Markdown editor, allow to define "extensions", one of which is "markdown.extensions.toc" which provides the "[TOC]" functionality.

It works! Thank you so much!

This is a Bitbucket server question, and [TOC] does not work on Bitbucket server.

The accepted answer basically just shows how to do this with manually-written html anchors and references/links. I'm looking for a way to have this TOC generated from existing headers.

A search for "table of contents" for Bitbucket Server produces zero hits:

Anyone know how to autogenerate TOC in Bitbucket Server? We're on 6.2.

Looks like it can be done with external software, like this, or this. But I would really like for this to be done in Bitbucket without having to add any of my own "glue"..

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Please add [TOC] (and other extensions?) to Bitbucket Server.

You need to add "markdown-header-" to your link parentheses.

1. [My First Title](#markdown-header-my-first-title)

2. [My Second Title](#markdown-header-my-second-title)


This worked for me.

This didn't work for me I tried with and without `markdown-header-`

Same for me... does not work...

same here, doesn't work...

Unfortunately you depend on the editor you are using. The built-in one on creates for a "##My First Title" headline an anchor "markdown-header-my-first-title", other editors may create an anchor "my_first_title", "My_First_Title_0", etc. - and some might produce no anchor at all. The reason is that this is no part of Markdown, but just a "service" from some editors.

This seems to be related to the quite old version of CommonMark (which Bitbucket README markdown is based on) bundled into Bitbucket server.

[user@server app]$ find . -name "*.jar" | grep common 

The bundled version (0.15.2) is from 2014, it could do with an update.
See also:

It's not possible with BB Server out of the box. Please vote for one or bothfboth othe related feature requests:

Try to use it like this:
1. [Description.](#markdown-header-desc)

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Hi Guillaume, 

Have you tried this tutorial for



Hope it helps.



Gonchik Tsymzhitov

Hi Gonchik,

Thank you for your help, but it doesn't answered my question. I'm not trying to create a table (I have no problems for this), but a table of contents.



In other words: a list of links to the titles inside the README.


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