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An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator.

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Metalsmith

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An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator.

In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Here's what the simplest blog looks like...

Metalsmith(\_\_dirname) .use(markdown()) .use(layouts('handlebars')) .build(function(err) { if (err) throw err; console.log('Build finished!'); });

...but what if you want to get fancier by hiding your unfinished drafts and using custom permalinks? Just add plugins...

Metalsmith(\_\_dirname) .use(drafts()) .use(markdown()) .use(permalinks('posts/:title')) .use(layouts('handlebars')) .build(function(err) { if (err) throw err; console.log('Build finished!'); });

...it's as easy as that!

Special thanks to Ian Storm Taylor, Andrew Meyer, Dominic Barnes, Andrew Goodricke and others for their contributions!

Installation

$ npm install metalsmith

Plugins

Check out the website for a list of plugins.

How does it work?

Metalsmith works in three simple steps:

  1. Read all the files in a source directory.
  2. Invoke a series of plugins that manipulate the files.
  3. Write the results to a destination directory!

Each plugin is invoked with the contents of the source directory, and each file can contain YAML front-matter that will be attached as metadata, so a simple file like...

--- title: A Catchy Title date: 2014-12-01 --- An informative article.

...would be parsed into...

{ 'path/to/my-file.md': { title: 'A Catchy Title', date: new Date('2014-12-01'), contents: new Buffer('An informative article.') } }

...which any of the plugins can then manipulate however they want. And writing the plugins is incredibly simple, just take a look at the example drafts plugin.

Of course they can get a lot more complicated too. That's what makes Metalsmith powerful; the plugins can do anything you want!

The secret...

We keep referring to Metalsmith as a "static site generator", but it's a lot more than that. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.

Which means you could just as easily use it to make...

Resources

CLI

In addition to a simple Javascript API, the Metalsmith CLI can read configuration from a

metalsmith.json

file, so that you can build static-site generators similar to Jekyll or Wintersmith easily. The example blog above would be configured like this:

{ "source": "src", "destination": "build", "plugins": { "metalsmith-drafts": true, "metalsmith-markdown": true, "metalsmith-permalinks": "posts/:title", "metalsmith-layouts": "handlebars" } }

You can specify your plugins as either an object or array. Using an array would allow you to specify use of the same plugin multiple times. The above example is then defined as so:

{ "source": "src", "destination": "build", "plugins": [{"metalsmith-drafts": true}, {"metalsmith-markdown": true}, {"metalsmith-permalinks": "posts/:title"}, {"metalsmith-templates": "handlebars"}] }

And then just install

metalsmith

and the plugins and run the metalsmith CLI...

$ node\_modules/.bin/metalsmith Metalsmith · reading configuration from: /path/to/metalsmith.json Metalsmith · successfully built to: /path/to/build

Or if you install them globally, you can just use:

$ metalsmith Metalsmith · reading configuration from: /path/to/metalsmith.json Metalsmith · successfully built to: /path/to/build

Options recognised by

metalsmith.json

are

source

,

destination

,

concurrency

,

metadata

,

clean

and

frontmatter
  • See "API" section below for usage.

Checkout the static site, Jekyll or Wintersmith examples to see the CLI in action.

If you want to use a custom plugin, but feel like it's too domain-specific to be published to the world, you can include plugins as local npm modules: (simply use a relative path from your root directory)

{ "plugins": { "./lib/metalsmith/plugin.js": true } }

API

Checkout the project scaffolder or build tool examples to see a real example of the Javascript API in use.

new Metalsmith(dir)

Create a new

Metalsmith

instance for a working

dir

.

#use(plugin)

Add the given

plugin

function to the middleware stack. Metalsmith usesware to support middleware, so plugins should follow the same pattern of taking arguments of

(files, metalsmith, callback)

, modifying the

files

or

metalsmith.metadata()

argument by reference, and then calling

callback

to trigger the next step.

#build(fn)

Build with the given settings and a callback having signature

fn(err, files)

.

#source(path)

Set the relative

path

to the source directory, or get the full one if no

path

is provided. The source directory defaults to

./src

.

#destination(path)

Set the relative

path

to the destination directory, or get the full one if no

path

is provided. The destination directory defaults to

./build

.

#concurrency(max)

Set the maximum number of files to open at once when reading or writing. Defaults to

Infinity

. To avoid having too many files open at once (

EMFILE

errors), set the concurrency to something lower than

ulimit -n

.

#clean(boolean)

Set whether to remove the destination directory before writing to it, or get the current setting. Defaults to

true

.

#frontmatter(boolean)

Set whether to parse YAML frontmatter. Defaults to

true

.

#ignore(path)

Ignore files/paths from being loaded into Metalsmith.

path

can be a string, a function, or an array of strings and/or functions. Strings use the glob syntax fromminimatch to match files and directories to ignore. Functions are called with the full path to the file as their first argument, and the

stat

object returned by Node's

fs.stat

function as their second argument, and must return either

true

to ignore the file, or

false

to keep it.

#metadata(json)

Get the global metadata. This is useful for plugins that want to set global-level metadata that can be applied to all files.

#path(paths...)

Resolve any amount of

paths...

relative to the working directory. This is useful for plugins who want to read extra assets from another directory, for example

./layouts

.

#run(files, fn)

Run all of the middleware functions on a dictionary of

files

and callback with

fn(err, files)

, where

files

is the altered dictionary.

#process(fn)

Process the files like build without writing any files. Callback signature

fn(err, files)

.

Metadata API

Add metadata to your files to access these build features. By default, Metalsmith uses a few different metadata fields:

You can add your own metadata in two ways:

mode

Set the mode of the file. For example,

$ cat cleanup.sh -- mode: 0764 -- rm -rf .

would be built with mode

-rwxrw-r--

, i.e. user-executable.

Troubleshooting

Node Version Requirements

Metalsmith v2.0 and above uses generators which has some considerations for

node.js 0.12.x

and below.

Using

node.js 0.10.x

You have two options:

  1. Upgrade to latest stable version of
    node.js
    (>= ```
  2. 12.x
    — see "_Using 
    node.js 0.12.x ```_ " section below)
  3. Use Metalsmith v1.7. Put
    "metalsmith": "^1.7.0"
    in your
    package.json
    and
    npm install
    that version.

Using

node.js 0.12.x

You have three options:

  1. Run
    node.js
    with ```

--harmony_generators

 flag set.
  1. 

node --harmony_generators my_script.js

  2. Using 

package.json

: 

"scripts": {"start": "node --harmony_generators my_script.js"}

. Run with 

npm run

2. 

npm install

 [harmonize](https://www.npmjs.com/package/harmonize) and require before Metalsmith is used. e.g. 

require("harmonize")(["harmony-generators"]);

3. Use Metalsmith v1.7. Put 

"metalsmith": "^1.7.0"

 in your 

package.json

 and 

npm install

``` that version.

License

Maintenance

This project is no longer maintained by Segment. Instead, Andrew Goodricke, Andrew Meyer and Ismay are maintaining the project.

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