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(unmaintained) static blog generator in python with incremental rendering ⛺

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  • don't try the master branch unless you are very sure about the not yet documented changes.
  • PyPi releases (0.7.x) do not work with Python 3.3+ due dependency pinning. The upcoming 0.8 release will drop support for 3.2, but fully supports 3.3 and higher.
  • yes, the name will change (still searching for a good name) and a transition from "static blog generator" to "static site generator" is already on my todo list.

Acrylamid is a mixture of nanoc, Pyblosxom, and Pelican licensed under BSD Style, 2 clauses. It is actively developed at


  • it is really fast due incremental builds
  • support for Jinja2 and Mako templates
  • many Markdown_ extensions and custom reStructuredText_ directives
  • MathML enhanced typography and hyphenation using soft-hyphens

Oh, and it can also generate a static blog with articles, static pages, tags, RSS/Atom feeds (also per tag), article listing and a sitemap.

Why the name “Acrylamid”?

I'm studying bioinformatics and I was experimenting with Acrylamide at this time. I'm really bad at naming. If you have a better name, please tell me! Two requirements: reasonably speakable and tab-completion after 3 characters.


With Acrylamid you can write your weblog entries with your editor of choice in Markdown, reStructuredText or textile. With several content filters you can pimp your HTML (typography, math, hyphenation). Acrylamid provides a very sophisticated CLI and integrates perfectly with any DVCes. It generates completely static HTML you can host everywhere.

supported markup languages

  • Markdown and additional extensions (support for MathML_, deletion/insertion, sub- and supscript, syntax highlighting …)
  • reStructuredText with directives for syntax highlighting and youtube video embedding
  • textile, discount, all dialects supported by pandoc and plain HTML

You miss one? Extend Acrylamid in less than 30 LoC_!

other filters

blogging features

  • you like the YAML front matter from Jekyll or nanoc? First choice in Acrylamid!
  • coming from Pelican_? Acrylamid has also support for metadata in the native format of Markdown, reStructuredText and even Pandoc.
  • support for translations (oh, and did I mention the language dependend hyphenation feature?).
  • a few HTML5 themes, see Theming
  • internal webserver with automatic compiling when something has changed.
  • assets management, including LESS and SASS conversion.
  • uni-directional PingBack support.
  • static site search.


easy_install -U acrylamid

This installs Acrylamid with Jinja2_ as templating engine. For Mako use:

easy_install -U acrylamid[mako]

This installs two additional but not required dependencies:

. To get a list of all supported modules, head over to additional supported modules.

If you rather use non-ascii characters, you're better off with:

easy_install -U acrylamid python-magic unidecode

Initialize the base structure, edit and layouts/ and compile with:

$ acrylamid init myblog  # --mako, defaults to --jinja2
    create  myblog/
$ cd myblog/
$ acrylamid compile && acrylamid view
    create  [0.05s] output/articles/index.html
    create  [0.37s] output/2012/die-verwandlung/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/tag/die-verwandlung/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/tag/franz-kafka/index.html
    create  [0.03s] output/atom/index.html
    create  [0.04s] output/rss/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/sitemap.xml
    create  output/style.css
9 new, 0 updated, 0 skipped [0.72s]
   * Running on

Real World Examples?


See commands for a detailed overview.

$ acrylamid --help
usage: acrylamid [-h] [-v] [-q] [-C] [--version]  ...

positional arguments:

init          initializes base structure in DIR
compile       compile blog
view          fire up built-in webserver
autocompile   automatic compilation and serving
new           create a new entry
check         run W3C or validate links
deploy        run task
import        import content from URL or FILE
info          short summary
ping          notify ressources

optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -v, --verbose more verbose -q, --quiet less verbose -C, --no-color disable color --version show program's version number and exit

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