# Configuration

The behaviour of the Argdown parser can be customized in many ways. Most of these configuration options are covered in detail in the guide on creating argument maps. If you want to get a quick overview, take a look at the cheat sheet at the end of this guide.

There are two ways to change the settings of an Argdown application and its plugins: You can either create an external configuration file or use the frontmatter element within an Argdown document.

In general it is recommended to create an external configuration file. This has several advantages:

  • you can reuse your configuration for any Argdown file
  • you keep your Argdown files uncluttered from configuration data
  • you leave data and presentation "uncoupled" so that other users can easily swap your configuration with theirs.