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A generator for Pelican, allowing the use of generic entities in place of the default page and article ones

Project description

A new generator for Pelican that replaces the default Page and Article generators, allowing the definition of arbitrary content types, aka, entity types (e.g: projects, events) and associated indices/direct templates.

Similar to nodes in Drupal.


To install the library, you can use pip

$ pip install pelican-entities


  1. Update

    1. Add entities to PLUGINS.
      PLUGINS = ['entities', ...]
    2. Disable default page and article generators:

      PAGE_PATHS = []
      ARTICLE_PATHS = []
    3. Specify entity types to use in your site and their settings:

      ENTITY_TYPES = {
          <type1_name>: {
              PATHS: [<type1_path1>, <type1_path2>, ...],
              EXCLUDES: [...],
              <type1_name>_URL: "...",
              <type1_name>_SAVE_AS: "...",
          <type2_name>: {
  2. Update theme to use new variables.

  3. Watch out for incompatible plugins (those that rely on the pages and article generator signals or on the existence of variables defined by them).


Settings defined at the ENTITY_TYPES level take precedence over global ones.

Changes from default

  • Settings for each entity type are defined as the value of the corresponding key in the ENTITY_TYPES dictionary.
  • PAGE_PATHS and ARTICLE_PATHS are replaced by PATHS.
  • PAGE_URL, ARTICLE_URL, PAGE_SAVE_AS and ARTICLE_SAVE_AS replaced by generic <entity_name>_URL and <entity_name>_SAVE_AS.
  • ARTICLE_ORDER_BY and PAGE_ORDER_BY are removed in favour of SORTER.

New settings

  • DEFAULT_TEMPLATE: Template to use by default when generating pages for that entity type.
  • MANDATORY_PROPERTIES: List of properties that has to be defined for an entity to be considered valid (by default, just title).
  • SORTER: Function taking list of entities as argument and which is responsible for sorting it as desired. Default value is the result of a call to entities.attribute_list_sorter(["date"], reverse=True)
  • ARCHIVE_TEMPLATE: Template used for archive pages.
  • CATEGORY_TEMPLATE: Template used for category pages.
  • TAG_TEMPLATE: Template used for tag pages.
  • AUTHOR_TEMPLATE: Template used for author pages.
  • SUBGENERATOR_CLASS: Optionally define a custom subgenerator class. This should either be a callable matching the entities.EntityGenerator.EntitySubGenerator interface or an import path to such a callable which will be imported dynamically.


New available variables

  • Global:
    • url: The url of the current page.
    • entity_type: Type of the entity associated with this page.
    • entity_types: Dict having all declared entity types as keys and their generators as values.
    • <entity_type_name>: For each declared entity type, an object is added to the context containing:
      • entities: All entities of that entity type.
      • translations: All translations of that entity type.
      • tags: All tags of that entity type.
      • categories: All categories of that entity type.
      • authors: All authors of that entity type.
      • drafts: All drafts of that entity type.
      • drafts_translations: All draft translations of that entity type.
  • Entity page:
    • entity: Contains the object describing an entity (replaces article or page).
  • Direct templates:
    • direct: Variable always equal to True when rendering a direct template.
  • Tag, category, author pages:
    • entities: Replaces articles.
    • all_entitites: Replaces all_articles.
  • Draft pages:
    • entity: Replaces article.
    • all_entities: Replaces all_articles.
  • Paginated pages (direct templates or tag, category, author pages):
    • entities_paginator: Replaces articles_paginator.
    • entities_page: Replaces articles_page.
    • entities_previous_page: Replaces articles_previous_page.
    • entities_next_page: Replaces articles_next_page.

Deleted variables

  • Entity page:
    • category: Access through entity.category.
  • Direct templates:
    • dates: If you want to iterate in the opposite order do it explicitly.

Example configuration

This is the configuration I’m using on my site:

    "Page": {
        "PATHS": [""],
        "EXCLUDES": ["blog", "projects"],
        "PAGE_URL": "{slug}",
        "PAGE_SAVE_AS": "{slug}/index.html",
        "PATH_METADATA": r"(?P<slug>[^/]+)/.*",
        "DIRECT_TEMPLATES": ["search"],
        "SEARCH_SAVE_AS": "search/index.html"
    "Article": {
        "PATHS": ["blog"],
        "ARTICLE_URL": "blog/{category}/{slug}/",
        "ARTICLE_SAVE_AS": "blog/{category}/{slug}/index.html",
        "PATH_METADATA": r".*/(?P<category>[^/]+)/(?P<date>\d{4}/\d{2}/\d{2})/(?P<slug>[^/]+)/.*",
        "DIRECT_TEMPLATES": ["blog"],
        "BLOG_SAVE_AS": "blog/index.html",
        "CATEGORY_TEMPLATE": "blog_category",
        "CATEGORY_URL": "blog/{slug}/",
        "CATEGORY_SAVE_AS": os.path.join("blog", "{slug}", "index.html"),
        "FEED_ATOM": os.path.join("blog", "feeds", "atom.xml"),
        "CATEGORY_FEED_ATOM": os.path.join("blog", "feeds", "%s.atom.xml")
    "Project": {
        "PATHS": ["projects"],
        "SORTER": entities.attribute_list_sorter(["date", "project_start"], reverse=True),
        "PROJECT_URL": "projects/{category}/{slug}/",
        "PROJECT_SAVE_AS": "projects/{category}/{slug}/index.html",
        "PATH_METADATA": r".*/(?P<category>[^/]+)/(?P<slug>[^/]+)/.*",
        "DIRECT_TEMPLATES": ["projects"],
        "PAGINATED_DIRECT_TEMPLATES": ["projects"],
        "PROJECTS_SAVE_AS": "projects/index.html",
        "CATEGORY_TEMPLATE": "project_category",
        "CATEGORY_URL": 'projects/{slug}/',
        "CATEGORY_SAVE_AS": os.path.join('projects', '{slug}', 'index.html'),
        "FEED_ATOM": os.path.join("projects", "feeds", "atom.xml"),
        "CATEGORY_FEED_ATOM": os.path.join("projects", "feeds", "%s.atom.xml")

For a working example check my site and my site’s source code.


Available signals

  • entity_generator_init: Initialization of the parent generator. This generator is responsible for creating the generators for each entity type.
  • entity_generator_finalized: End of context generation by the parent generator.
  • entity_writer_finalized: End of output generation by the parent generator.
  • entity_subgenerator_*: Signals for the generator of a particular entity type. These are the same signals used by the article generator.

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