acrylamid 0,0 travis-ci python

(unmaintained) static blog generator in python with incremental rendering

Welcome to Acrylamid

This project is no longer maintained, use at your own risk. Or fork it.


  • don’t try the master branch unless you are very sure about the not yet documented changes.
  • PyPi releases (0.7.x) do not work with Python 3.3+ due dependency pinning. The upcoming 0.8 release will drop support for 3.2, but fully supports 3.3 and higher.
  • yes, the name will change (still searching for a good name) and a transition from “static blog generator” to “static site generator” is already on my todo list.

Acrylamid is a mixture of nanoc <>, Pyblosxom <> and Pelican <>_ licensed under BSD Style, 2 clauses. It is actively developed at

|Build Status|_

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  • it is really fast due incremental builds
  • support for Jinja2_ and Mako_ templates
  • many Markdown_ extensions and custom reStructuredText_ directives
  • MathML_, enhanced typography and hyphenation using soft-hyphens

Oh, and it can also generate a static blog with articles, static pages, tags, RSS/Atom feeds (also per tag), article listing and a sitemap.

.. _Jinja2: .. _Mako: .. _MathML:

Why the name “Acrylamid”?

I’m studying bioinformatics and I was experimenting with Acrylamide at this time. I’m really bad at naming. If you have a better name, please tell me! Two requirements: reasonably speakable and tab-completion after 3 characters.


With Acrylamid you can write your weblog entries with your editor of choice in Markdown, reStructuredText or textile. With several content filters you can pimp your HTML (typography, math, hyphenation). Acrylamid provides a very sophisticated CLI and integrates perfectly with any DVCes. It generates completely static HTML you can host everywhere.

supported markup languages ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Markdown_ and additional extensions (support for MathML_, deletion/insertion, sub- and supscript, syntax highlighting …)
  • reStructuredText_ with directives for syntax highlighting and youtube video embedding
  • textile, discount, all dialects supported by pandoc_ and plain HTML

You miss one? Extend Acrylamid in less than 30 LoC_!

.. _Markdown: .. _reStructuredText: .. textile: .. _discount: .. _pandoc: .. _less than 30 LoC:

other filters ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • support for Jinja2 and Mako directly in postings (before they get processed)
  • typography_ (and smartypants_)
  • TeX hyphenation
  • summarize ability
  • acronym detection_ that automatically replace acronyms and abbreviations
  • liquid plugins_ ported from Octopress <>_

.. _typography: .. _smartypants: .. _acronym detection: .. _liquid plugins:

blogging features ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • you like the YAML front matter_ from Jekyll_ or nanoc_? First choice in Acrylamid!
  • coming from Pelican_? Acrylamid has also support for metadata in the native format of Markdown, reStructuredText and even Pandoc.
  • support for translations (oh, and did I mention the language dependend hyphenation feature?).
  • a few HTML5 themes, see Theming <>_.
  • internal webserver with automatic compiling when something has changed.
  • assets management, including LESS_ and SASS_ conversion.
  • uni-directional PingBack support.
  • static site search.

.. _YAML front matter: .. _Jekyll: .. _nanoc: .. _LESS: .. _SASS:

what is missing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • No comments. You have to use Disqus, Isso or this approach_.

.. _Disqus: .. _Isso: .. _this approach: .. _Sphinx:



easy_install -U acrylamid

This installs Acrylamid with Jinja2_ as templating engine. For Mako_ use easy_install -U acrylamid[mako]. This installs two additional but not required dependencies: Markdown and translitcodec. To get a list of all supported modules, head over to additional supported modules_.

If you rather use non-ascii characters, you’re better off with:


easy_install -U acrylamid python-magic unidecode

.. _additional supported modules:

Initialize the base structure, edit and layouts/ and compile with:


$ acrylamid init myblog  # --mako, defaults to --jinja2
    create  myblog/
$ cd myblog/
$ acrylamid compile && acrylamid view
    create  [0.05s] output/articles/index.html
    create  [0.37s] output/2012/die-verwandlung/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/tag/die-verwandlung/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/tag/franz-kafka/index.html
    create  [0.03s] output/atom/index.html
    create  [0.04s] output/rss/index.html
    create  [0.00s] output/sitemap.xml
    create  output/style.css
9 new, 0 updated, 0 skipped [0.72s]
   * Running on

Real World Examples? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Practicing web development <>_ – Mark van Lent [source <>__]
  • mecker. mecker. mecker. <>_ – Martin Zimmermann [source <>__]
  • Groovematic <>_ – Isman Firmansyah [source <>__]
  • Christoph Polcin <>_ – Christoph Polcin [source <>, theme <>]
  • Knitatoms <>_ – Tom Atkins [source <>__]
  • <>_ – Owen Hogarth [source <>__]




$ acrylamid --help
usage: acrylamid [-h] [-v] [-q] [-C] [--version]  ...

positional arguments:

    init          initializes base structure in DIR
    compile       compile blog
    view          fire up built-in webserver
    autocompile   automatic compilation and serving
    new           create a new entry
    check         run W3C or validate links
    deploy        run task
    import        import content from URL or FILE
    info          short summary
    ping          notify ressources

optional arguments:
  -h, --help      show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose   more verbose
  -q, --quiet     less verbose
  -C, --no-color  disable color
  --version       show program's version number and exit

Need Help?

Join #acrylamid on Freenode! If you found a bug, please report it on GitHub Issues. The project has also a mailing list [Archive_], just send an email to [email protected] and you have subscribed .

.. _Freenode: .. _Github Issues: .. _Archive:

How to contribute

Communication. Beside that, I am open for most enhancements, just two requirements:

  • resepect PEP-8 (max line length may vary, but use 80 as your soft limit and 100 as your hard limit; 105 for ugly if linebreaks though).
  • I prefer clear code (early return instead of nested else etc.) and concise variable (and configuration) names. Also: @[cached_]property is way better than get_thing(self).

Be aware, that the current master has been quite diverged from the PyPi release (legacy/0.7 branch). If you are going to fix a bug, branch off the legacy branch. On the other hand, if you want to contribute features, branch off the master branch, but expect things to be changed/broken/removed.

The master branch features a unified code base, please have a look at the acrylamid.compat module (e.g. map, filter etc).

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