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This topic explains how to document your service tile for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF).


When a PCF service tile launches on Pivotal Network, Pivotal publishes corresponding documentation at https://docs.pivotal.io under Partner Services for Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

This documentation is formatted in Markdown, stored in a GitHub repository that Pivotal creates, and is published with the bookbinder platform.

Partner Documentation Template

The PCF Partner Documentation Template is a GitHub repository that you can clone to create documentation for your service tile that follows Pivotal’s format and works with its documentation publishing platform, bookbinder.

Documentation content resides in the /docs-content folder of the repository, as skeleton pages with embedded prompts for content that you should fill in, approximately following the content descriptions below.

See the repository README.md for how to use the template with bookbinder to develop your documentation.

Documentation Content

While the specifics of your documentation will vary depending on the product, we have provided a basic blueprint below. At minimum, documentation should include #1 (Overview) and #2 (Installing/Configuring).

For a good example of a partner service document, see the JFrog Artifactory documentation.

If you have questions or want to collaborate on drafting the documentation, feel free to hop on our Slack channel #pcf-docs. We’re always happy to help!

Index/Landing Page

General overview of Partner Product. What does it do? What are its features?

Key Features

  • Feature one
  • Feature two
  • Feature three

Partner Service Broker

A Service Broker allows Cloud Foundry applications to bind to services and consume the services easily from App Manager UI or command line. The Partner Service Broker will enable you to use one or more Partner accounts and is deployed as a Java Application on Cloud Foundry. The Broker exposes the Partner service on the Cloud Foundry Marketplace and allows users to directly create a service instance and bind it to their applications either from the Pivotal Apps Manager Console or from the command line.

The Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) Tile for Partner installs the Partner Service Broker as an application and registers it as a Service Broker on Cloud Foundry and exposes its service plans on the Marketplace. This makes the installation and subsequent use of Partner on your Cloud Foundry applications simple and easy.

If a trial license available, customers interested in using Partner can obtain a 60 day free trial license from edit link here.

Product Snapshot

Current Partner Tile for Pivotal Cloud Foundry Details:

  • Version:
  • Release Date:
  • Software components versions: Partner product version
  • Compatible Ops Manager Version(s): 2.0.x, 2.1.x
  • Compatible PAS Version(s): 2.0.x, 2.1.x

Requirements (or Prerequisites, Packaging Dependencies for Offline Buildpacks, etc.)

Provide any general or specific requirements here. A general requirement might be something like, “An AppDynamics account.” A specific requirement might be something like, “Packaging Dependencies for Offline Buildpacks.”


Any known limitations.


Please provide any bugs, feature requests, or questions to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Feedback list.

Installing/Configuring the Tile

This topic provides instructions for how to install and configure the tile. Typically this includes procedures for how to download the tile from Pivotal Network, install it on Ops Manager, configure the tile, and do any required third-party configuration. Screenshots should be provided where necessary. Consult the following format:

Install Using the Pivotal Ops Manager

  • Download the product file from Pivotal Network.
  • Upload the product file to your Ops Manager installation.
  • Click Add next to the uploaded product description in the Ops Manager Available Products view to add this product to your staging area.
  • Click the newly added tile to review any configurable options.
  • Click Apply Changes to install the service.

Upgrading to the Latest Version

If there are any specific instructions for upgrading the tile, you can include those here. If the procedures are complicated, create a new Upgrading topic.

Configuring the Partner Tile

Add snapshots for each step when possible or add details as required.

  • Log in to Pivotal Ops Manager.
  • Click Import a Product and import the Partner Tile.
  • Select the Partner option.
  • Click Add on the Partner Tile.
  • Select the Partner Tile.
  • Configure the Partner Tile.
  • Apply your changes.

On completion of Partner Tile install, check Services Marketplace in Apps Manager:

  • View Partner Service Plans.
  • Bind the Partner Service to an Application.
  • Check the service or dashboard for the partner for more data.

Other Configurations/Third-Party Configurations

Provide information for specific configurations like configuring for HTTP proxy, or doing any necessary configurations on a third-party service portal.

Using the Tile

This topic provides instructions for how to use the tile. Typically this includes procedures for how to perform the different functions offered by the service. Screenshots should be provided where necessary. You can also include information about Architecture here if necessary.


This topic provides troubleshooting information for known errors, following the Symptom/Explanation format used here: https://docs.pivotal.io/p-identity/okta/troubleshooting.html

Release Notes

Include the release notes as the final topic, following the format in the docs-partners-template.