Evidence reports are written in Evidence-flavored Markdown - an extension of markdown that includes SQL queries, data viz components, and programmatic features.

If you're not familiar with markdown, it's a simple text-based syntax - you've used markdown if you've written comments in Github or typed a message in Slack.


Evidence supports almost all Markdown syntax. See Markdown Reference.

title: Evidence uses Markdown

Markdown can be used to write expressively in text.

- it supports lists,
- **bolding**, _italics_ and `inline code`,
- links to [external sites]( and other [Evidence pages](/another/page)

## Images 🖼️

Evidence looks for images in your `static` folder, e.g. `static/my-logo.png`.
![Company Logo](/my-logo.png)


Code fences in Evidence markdown files run inline queries and return data. These code fences run the DuckDB SQL dialect. More on Queries.

```sql orders_by_month
    date_trunc('month', order_datetime) as order_month,
    count(*) as number_of_orders,
    sum(sales) as sales_usd
from needful_things.orders
group by 1, order by 1 desc


Evidence has a built in component library to create charts and other visual elements. More on Components.

    data = {orders_by_month}    
    y = sales_usd 
    title = 'Sales by Month, USD' 

Line Chart


Create repeating elements by looping through data. More on Loops.

{#each orders_by_month as month}

- There were <Value data={month} column=number_of_orders/> orders in <Value data={month} />.


If / Else

Control what is displayed using data through if and else statements. More on If / Else.

{#if orders_by_month[0].sales_usd > orders_by_month[1].sales_usd}

Sales are up month-over-month.


Sales are down vs last month. See [category detail](/sales-by-category).


Page Variables

There are a number of variables available to access information about the current page. These are particularly useful when creating templated pages and filters. They use the syntax {$...}

The current page path is: {$}

<!-- Result: The current page path is: /core-concepts/syntax/ -->


You can use frontmatter to reference SQL queries, and set page metadata that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook use when showing links to your site. More on Frontmatter.

title: Evidence uses Markdown
description: Evidence uses Markdown to write expressively in text.
  image: /my-social-image.png
  - orders_by_month.sql


Curly braces execute JavaScript expressions.

2 + 2 = {2 + 2}

<!-- Result: 2 + 2 = 4 -->

There are {orders.length} months of data.

<!-- Result: There are 36 months of data. -->

There were {orders_by_month[0].number_of_orders} orders last month.

<!-- Result: There were 3634 orders last month. -->

Code Fences in Other Languages

It can be useful to include code that isn't SQL, eg for documentation or examples.

If a code fence is named one of the reserved language names, such as python or r, the code fence will render a code block. The code is not executed.

names = ["Alice", "Bob", "Charlie"]
for name in names:
    print("Hello, " + name)


Partials allow you to reuse chunks of Evidence markdown. More on Partials.


{@partial ""/}

And some content specific to this page.


# This is my first partial

This is some content in the partial.