Space visibility

What is a public space?

A public space is a place where you can write down your project you want to share with anyone . It will be indexed by search engines (or not: see the unlisted feature) so everyone can read it. You still have control over who can edit your content (including seeing your drafts).

This what a public space looks like in your dashboard

Tips: As public spaces as readable by everyone, we advise to use your company's logo to share your knowledge under your brand's identity.‌

What is a private space?

A private space is a project that only you and the team members you invited to collaborate can access. That means it can only be read and edited by members of your organization. This is a more secure way to keep your content private to a specific group of people.

We can see the icon 🔒indicating that this is a private space

Team members can be invited to a private space via an invite link or a shareable link which is a secret link allowing non-team GitBook users (customers or partners) to access your private content in read mode only.

Note: Visiting your private space will require to be logged in and have the right permissions to access it unless it is shared via the shareable link.

Tips: For private spaces, you can pick an emoji as an avatar of your space. This can help to better identify your space.

Learn more about shareable link :

Setting up visibility

You can choose your space's visibility when creating one, but don't worry you can change this any time, and it's very easy!

Here's how to change your space's visibility

Unlisted‌

Unlisted spaces won't be indexed by search engines such as Google. They will still be accessible to anyone who links to your documentation. It lets you easily share your work-in-progress without being searchable.

A space with "Unlisted" option activated

Tips: A space can be set to unlisted only if its visibility is set to public.