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Static Site Generators

Backstory: I decided to crowdsource static site generator recommendations, so the following are actual real world suggested-to-me results. I then took those and sorted them by language/server and, just for a decent relative metric, their Github Watcher count. If you want a heap of other projects (including other languages like Haskell and Python) Nanoc has the mother of all site generator lists. If you recommend another one, by all means add a comment.

Ruby

Node.JS

PHP

@johnmdonahue

Nice list! I think this one was just launched, but it looks pretty interesting. Only 13 watchers atm but maybe worth adding:

Quill is a simple blog engine inspired by Jekyll. Quill runs on node and has an easy command line interface. Themeing is as simple as editing a single html page.

https://github.com/theycallmeswift/quill

@balupton

Great listing. Hope this continues to be maintained. Alternatives are always fantastic.

@laktek
laktek commented Nov 4, 2012

As suggested on HN - Punch (http://laktek.github.com/punch)

@tinyapps
tinyapps commented Nov 4, 2012

Here is a list of 15 simple site generators, almost all of which are static:

http://tinyapps.org/blog/blosxom/200912030700_blosxom_alternatives_microblogs_etc.html

I'm still using Blosxom in static rendering mode: http://www.blosxom.com/

@tinyapps
tinyapps commented Nov 4, 2012

Here is a list of 15 simple site generators, almost all of which are static:

http://tinyapps.org/blog/blosxom/200912030700_blosxom_alternatives_microblogs_etc.html

I'm still using Blosxom in static rendering mode: http://www.blosxom.com/

@plusjade
plusjade commented Nov 4, 2012

How do we add our own?

http://ruhoh.com (ruby)

@gettalong

webgen (also at github) is missing

@VictorBjelkholm

I've forked this list, updated the watch (now stars) -count and added a few generators (a few from the comments)

@simensen

You can add Sculpin to the list.

@aprescott

Here's my contribution:

@DandyDev

In Python-land Pelican is a big one!

@jonbullock

Shameless plug: JBake

@jaredhanson

I'll add Kerouac (Node.js) to the list of contenders.

@reggi
reggi commented May 30, 2013

And hexo (Node.js)

@jonschlinkert

Please add Assemble, it's a static site generator built as a plugin for Grunt.js.

@daveaiello

Can Movable Type qualify? It's based on Perl and I believe it's got 206 watchers.

@max-arnold

List of python static site generators: https://gist.github.com/max-arnold/6402386

@ChrisWren

Cabin is a node.js static site generator powered by Grunt. It currently has three beautiful blogging themes available out of the box. Getting started takes like 45 seconds. Here are the available themes, with links to installing each:

Candy Theme

Blok Theme

Canvas Theme

@ruemic
ruemic commented Oct 2, 2013

I created a realtime comparison dashboard of Github stats for the leading static site generators at http://www.staticgen.com

@edrex
edrex commented Oct 2, 2013

To me, it seems like Assemble , which leverages the popular Grunt task runner, is a saner choice for Node.js. I spent some time evaluating DocPad, and my impression is that it suffers from lack of focus on the static use case. This gist was helpful 2 years ago when I first found it, but now it is out of date and as such is doing a disservice to people freshly ask the question

What are my options for static site generation?

Either the gist should be marked as out of date, or it should be updated to include the forks.

@balupton
balupton commented Oct 2, 2013

For what it's worth, the nanoc listing has become fairly outdated, despite the project which it uses for it's listing from still being maintained. As such, I've setup http://staticsitegenerators.net to pull in the latest data and combine it with the github data among other things. It is now the most definitive listing you can find.

@znmeb
znmeb commented Oct 3, 2013

Hakyll? Ruhoh?

@nodiscc
nodiscc commented Oct 4, 2013

Hey, I have merged all the forks started from this gist at https://gist.github.com/nodiscc/6138507.
@balupton http://staticsitegenerators.net/ looks useful. I'll do a pull request on https://github.com/jaspervdj/static-site-generator-comparison to update it with my changes

@matthiasbeyer

Thessc is missing. I'm currently writing it. Language: C.

@edrex
edrex commented Oct 27, 2013

@balupton nice! I was planning to do the same thing, I will try to remember to submit a pull req for any new ones I come across. 🍻

@nunull
nunull commented Jan 9, 2014

nodeache (Node.js) could actually be added.

@Zeokat
Zeokat commented Mar 1, 2014

Zeokat recoemnds one good cms http://bolt80.com/piecrust/
It works with static files aswell.

@subwiz
subwiz commented Apr 3, 2014

I wrote one, named StaGen, supporting Markdown, StringTemplate 4 and JSON. Developed in Java 8.

Currently powering WizTools.org.

@tovic
tovic commented May 4, 2014

Try Mecha CMS, it’s pure PHP.

Mecha

@koistya
koistya commented Jul 11, 2014

Easystatic - a simple static site generator

It uses Markdown It for web pages, EJS and Postcss for site layout, and Browsersync as a development server with "live editing" and testing your site on all connected devices. Also it can scaffold the basic site layout for you (based on Material Design Lite).

@SgtPooki
SgtPooki commented Feb 9, 2015

You may want to take a peek at https://staticsitegenerators.net/ as well.

@appernetic

You can add Hugo as a SSG: https://github.com/spf13/hugo

I use Hugo in my SaaS system to make it easy for technically challenged people to start using static website generators: https://appernetic.io

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