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A beautiful python syntax to generate HTML.

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Syntags: Write your markup in Python, easily

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Syntags lets you generate HTML, XML, SVG, etc. by writing concise, real Python code.

Syntags was built from the ground up for readable code. First-class support for components, custom elements, and fragments is baked into the design.

Syntags takes a different approach to Pyxl — taking Python's own syntax and repurposing it, rather than using a custom character encoding and transforming your invalid code into valid code.

  • The code you write is real Python, no magic.
  • You don't need to learn the quirks of a new syntax.
  • It's easy to get started with and integrate into your code.
  • Highlighting works, and your linter will only be slightly angry.

A brief note on the syntax ~

PEP 8 isn't gospel. Creating a beautiful syntax means ignoring certain parts of it, and that's okay! The second section, "A Foolish Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds," even summarises this.

View a relevant excerpt

. . . know when to be inconsistent -- sometimes style guide recommendations just aren't applicable. When in doubt, use your best judgment. Look at other examples and decide what looks best.

Some other good reasons to ignore a particular guideline:

  1. When applying the guideline would make the code less readable, even for someone who is used to reading code that follows this PEP.

  2. . . .

Check out the Syntags styleguide for recommendations on how to maintain good code quality.


an expressive syntax that makes sense

Structured like a programming language, because it is one. No context switching between templating and programming.

import syntags as tags
from syntags.html import *

app = html (lang="en") [
  head [
    title ["Some basic markup"]
  body [
    main [
      ...  # etc...

rendered = tags.render(app)

intuitive syntax shorthands

It's effortless to write compact code that's easy to read and maintain.

body [
  div .main_wrapper / main [

# The same, but without the shorthand:
body [
  div (classes={"main-wrapper"}) [
    main [

reusable, declarative components

Similar to React, but very much Python.

import syntags as tags
from syntags.html import *

def hello_message(name, **attrs):
  return div [
    f"Hello {name}"

rv = tags.render(hello_message (name="world"))
View the React JSX equivalent
import React from "react";
import ReactDOMServer from "react-dom/server";

function HelloMessage({ name, ...props }) {
  return (
      Hello {name}

rv = ReactDOMServer.renderToStaticMarkup(<HelloMessage name="world" />)

Keep in mind, this is in JSX. Compiling it is yet another step. Syntags' syntax is pure Python, no intermediate steps required.

first-class fragments, no wizardry required

Fragments are just a sequence of elements, and they can be nested infinitely.

  link (rel="canonical", href=""),
  link (rel="stylesheet", href="dist/css/layout.css"),
  link (rel="shortcut icon", href="favicon.ico", type="image/x-icon")

html (lang="en") [
  head [

simple, safe rendering

Everything becomes a string and gets escaped, except for raw strings.

import syntags as tags
from syntags.html import *

rendered = tags.render(
  html (lang="en") [
      <title>A good example</title>
      <meta charset="UTF-8">
    body [
      p [
        "<b>This will get escaped</b>"

more than just HTML

Syntags comes with a bunch of namespaces to make your life easy.

  • HTML tags: html
  • XML prolog and tag factory: xml
  • Some predefined XML namespaces: svg, rss, sitemap
  • Common, useful components: ext


You can use Pip, or anything that can install from PyPI, such as Poetry or Pipenv.

$ pip install syntags
+ Markdown component (syntags.ext.markdown)
$ pip install syntags[markdown]


Syntags is licensed under the ISC license, a simplified version of the MIT license. You can modify this project and use it in whatever you want! The only condition for redistribution is that you must include a copy of the license.

There's a copy in syntags/, so you'll be fine as long as you don't remove that! Otherwise, you can include the copy found in the root of the repository.

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