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Blog-oriented static website generator using Markdown or reStructuredText.

Project description

Pynfact is a simple static website generator oriented to chronological content, like blogs or websites with historic and sequential data. It allows integration with external scripts, comment engines such as Disqus, TalkYard, etc., or Google Analytics… Theming and configuration is possible by editing Jinja2 templates.


A blog-oriented static website generator

Latest version:

1.3.2 (2020-08-05)


  • Input formats: Markdown and reStructuredText

  • Output format: HTML5

  • Configuration: Jinja2 templates

  • Locale support

  • Code syntax highlighting

  • Atom/RSS feed generation

  • Categories and tags

  • Tag cloud

  • Articles and pages


docutils (docutils >= 0.1.4):

Python Documentation Utilities.

feedgen (feedgen >= 0.9.0):

Feed Generator (Atom, RSS, Podcasts).

python-dateutil (python-dateutil >= 2.0):

Extensions to the standard Python datetime module.

Jinja2 (jinja2 >= 2.7):

A small but fast and easy to use stand-alone template engine written in pure Python.

Markdown (markdown >= 3.0.0):

Python implementation of Markdown.

Pygments (pygments >= 1.0):

Syntax highlighting package written in Python.

PyYAML (pyyaml >=5.1):

YAML parser and emitter for Python.

Unidecode (unidecode >= 0.4.9):

ASCII transliterations of Unicode text.



$ pip install pynfact

(If your default version of Python is 2.x, maybe you need to type pip3 instead of pip)


The interaction is done by command line. Only a few commands are needed:

  1. pynfact --init=<myblog>: Create a folder with all needed content

  2. Go to that directory: cd <myblog>

  3. Configure settings in config.yml, title, name, language…

  4. pynfact --build: Generates the static content

  5. pynfact --serve=localhost: Serves locally to test the results (by default at localhost:4000)

More details at the GitHub project Wiki, and at the Qucikstart guide.

Recent changes

  • Perform tests and upgraded to release candidate version (1.3.1rc2)

  • Parsing read the content input files just once, and not several times

  • Logging errors now can be redirected to stderr, stdout and not only to a file, using the command line --log (or -l)

  • Refactor document parser and metadata gathering

  • Perform tests and upgraded to beta version (1.3.1b1)

  • Add reStructuredText support (docutils)

  • Validate input metadata (titles, and dates if required) in Meta

  • Update to fix missing dependency PyYAML

  • CLI interface with argparser and more modularized

  • Improve code readability to comply with PEP 8 and PEP 257

  • Generate pages slugs as posts, i.e, from the title, not the filename

  • Add logging support using logging

  • Put every page in the same directory: pages

  • Deploy as Python package at PyPI:

  • Add Esperanto locale (eo)

  • Simplify Builder class constructor, now takes a configuration dictionary, sorted semantically

  • Replace pyatom for feedgen to generate RSS/Atom syndication feeds

Refer to CHANGELOG file for more details.

Why this name?

Granted it will be used on the “web”, the word “log” in Latin may be translated as INdicem FACTorum, hence InFact or -nFact to be more easily pronounceable when prepending the prefix py-, an indicator of the programming language where it has been developed.

Also, pyblog, pyblic, pyweblog and many other cool names were already taken.



This project is still in development, so there are probably lots of bugs that need to be fixed before deploying a stable release. If you find a bug, please, report it at the GitHub issue tracker.


PynFact! is distributed under the MIT License. Read the LICENSE file embeeded in this project for more information.

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