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Import static websites on the file system into Plone.

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(Formerly mr.importer, formerly parse2plone.)

Import static websites on the file system into Plone via:

$ bin/plone run bin/charm /path/to/files

Works like a charm!


charm is a Buildout recipe that creates a script for you to get content from static websites on the file system into Plone.

charm relies on the “run” argument of scripts created by plone.recipe.zope2instance to mount and modify the Plone database.

Getting started

  • A Plone site object must exist in the Zope2 instance database. By default, charm assumes the site object is named “Plone”.

  • A user must exist in the Zope2 instance database (or Plone site). By default, charm assumes the user is named “admin”.


You can install charm by editing your buildout.cfg file like so:

parts =

recipe = charm

Now run bin/buildout as usual.


Now you can run charm like this:

$ bin/plone run bin/charm /path/to/files


If you have a site in /var/www/html that contains the following:


You should run:

$ bin/plone run bin/charm /var/www/html

And the following will be created:


Here are some trouble-shooting comments/tips.

Compiling lxml

charm requires lxml which in turn requires libxml2 and libxslt. If you do not have lxml installed “globally” (i.e. in your system Python’s site-packages directory) then Buildout will try to install it for you. At this point lxml will look for the libxml2/libxslt2 development libraries to build against, and if you don’t have them installed on your system already your mileage may vary (i.e. Buildout will fail).

Database access

Before running charm, you must either stop your Plone site or use ZEO. Otherwise charm will not be able to access the database.


Questions/comments/concerns? Please e-mail:


Development sponsored by Radio Free Asia


  • Alex Clark [aclark4life]

  • Derek Broughton [derek]


1.0b4 (03/23/2011)

  • Bug fix for when not –match’ing.

1.0b3 (03/22/2011)

  • Include the damn data

1.0b2 (03/22/2011)

  • Fix package

1.0b1 (03/22/2011)

  • Rename mr.importer to charm

    • mr.importer was not that clever, and the author missed flat namespace

  • Get rid of all buildout options, support command line args only

  • Make _setup_app optionally accept user, else use system user

  • Fix broken tests; remove unneccessary; now at 34% coverage

    • 619 34% charm (/Users/aclark/Developer/charm/

  • Doc fixes; clean up / scale down

  • Many bug fixes

1.0a5 (02/05/2011)

  • Rename parse2plone to mr.importer

    • Repackage as needed

  • Switch to kwargs in main()

    • Better _SETTINGS handling

  • Add support for illegal_expressions check

  • Add “Keep going!” feature (to ignore errors)

  • Add all HTML4 tags to target_tags

1.0a4 (01/12/2011)

  • Remove Plone dep

1.0a3 (11/17/2010)

  • Bug fix: TypeError: join() takes exactly one argument (2 given) related to specifying import dir on on command line (as args[0]) fixed

  • Fix tests

1.0a2 (11/17/2010)

  • Add spreadsheet import feature

  • Fix docs

1.0a1 (11/17/2010)

  • Moved development to the (experimental) collective on Github

0.9.9 (11/16/2010)

  • Added a large number of tests; performed associated refactoring; 50% test coverage

0.9.8 (11/12/2010)

  • Add “paths” feature to allow multi-import dirs (on the file system), and corresponding object paths (in Plone) to be specified.

0.9.7 (11/08/2010)

  • Fix import error

  • Add file handler to logger; saves output to a file called “parse2plone.log”

0.9.6 (11/08/2010)

  • Fixes to “match” feature

  • Combine all modules into one

  • Remove a stray pdb (!)

  • Add tests (we’re at 20% test coverage people!)

  • Update docs

0.9.5 (11/08/2010)

  • Add match feature

  • Add more project justifications to the docs

0.9.4 (11/06/2010)

  • Remove bin/import script whenever recipe is uninstalled [aclark4life]

  • Add support for XPath syntax in target_tags [derek]

  • Add “typeswap” feature [aclark4life]

  • Update docs [aclark4life]

0.9.3 (11/04/2010)

  • Add Plone 2.5 compat

  • Bug fixes

    • Better handling of file system path; better base dir calculation

0.9.2 (11/03/2010)

  • More doc fixes

0.9.1 (11/03/2010)

  • Doc fixes

0.9.0 (11/03/2010)

  • Fix regressions introduced (or unresolved as of) 0.8.2. Thanks Derek Broughton for the bug report(s)

    • Many fixes to convert_parameter_values() method which converts recipe parameters to arguments passed to main()

    • Fix “slugify” feature

0.8.2 (11/02/2010)

  • Add rename feature

  • Fix regressions introduced in 0.8.1

0.8.1 (10/29/2010)

  • Refactor options/parameters functionality to universally support _SETTINGS dict

  • Add “slugify” feature

  • Doc fixes

  • Add support to optionally publish content after creation

  • Add support for generic file import

0.8 (10/27/2010)

  • Support the importing of content to folders within the Plone site object

0.7 (10/25/2010)

  • Documentation fixes

0.6 (10/25/2010)

  • Support customization via recipe parameters and command line arguments

0.5 (10/22/2010)

  • Revert ‘Add Plone to install_requires’

0.4 (10/22/2010)

  • Add ‘Plone’ to install_requires

0.3 (10/22/2010)

  • Another setuptools fix

0.2 (10/22/2010)

  • Setuptools fix

0.1 (10/21/2010)

  • Initial release

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