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Python Static website generator for Modern web

What's different

Common static website generators, like Jekyll, usually aim to transform markdowns to HTMLs. On the other hand, Jikji gets code for generating HTMLs instead of static markdowns.

Furthermore, common static website generators are blog-friendly, but Jikji aims general-purpose static web framwork, by allowing developers to write the code communicating with DBMS or RESTFul API servers.

Are you interested in code-based static web site generator, follow the "Getting Started" section. You may like it.

Getting Started

First, you can install Jikji using pypi.

$ pip install jikji

After installization, you can use command line interfaces of Jikji. Try creating a new project.

$ jikji create myproj
$ cd myproj

Now you can find several files like below:

β”œβ”€β”€ static
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€ images
β”‚Β Β  β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚Β Β  └── stylesheet.css
β”œβ”€β”€ templates
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€ gallery.html
β”‚Β Β  └── home.html
└── views
    └── is the entry point of this project. You can define paths for template, static files, view files, init scripts, etc. is the default init script for sample project. Fixed sample data and configuration for the website are located in this file. You may understand the design patterns of Jikji by reading this file. We give the full file content here:

from jikji import getview, addpage

item_list = [
  {'id': 1, 'image_url': '/images/image1.jpg', 'location': 'Paris, France', 'year': '2018'},
  {'id': 2, 'image_url': '/images/image2.jpg', 'location': 'San Francisco, CA', 'year': '2017'},
  {'id': 3, 'image_url': '/images/image3.jpg', 'location': 'Seattle, WA', 'year': '2018'},
  {'id': 4, 'image_url': '/images/image4.jpg', 'location': 'Seoul, Korea', 'year': '2018'},
  {'id': 5, 'image_url': '/images/image5.jpg', 'location': 'Venice, Italy', 'year': '2017'},

getview('home.index').url_rule = '/'
getview('gallery.index').url_rule = '/{id}/'

addpage(view='home.index', params=(item_list,))

for item in item_list:
  addpage(view='gallery.index', params=item)

As you can see in the code above, major keywords of Jikji are view and page. Simply, view is an interface while page is an instance of a static web.

In Jikji, view works similar with the controller of MVC pattern. Each view has one 'URL rule', one 'view function', and multiple pages. For example, gallery.index view has the url rule /{id}/, and has five pages whose URLs are /1/, /2/,..., /5/. And the view functions are defined in /views. Here is the view function for gallery.index (It is similar to the controller of MVC pattern, but the data is passed by developer and output is fixed HTML. No user request or response exist):

# views/
from jikji import render_template, register_view

def index(data):
  return render_template('gallery.html',

Note that Jikji uses Jinja2 template engine, which is used in Flask as well. You can see Jinja template documentation in here.

templates and static directories are similar with Flask or other web frameworks. You can change the name of these directories in

Generate static files

You can generate static files by simply calling command line below:

$ jikji generate <project_dir>

If your project is located in current directory, just call:

$ jikji generate .

Then you can see the result in output directory. If you want to change it, open

Note that our generator uses multiprocessing package of Python. Thus, you have to design your project with side-effect free.

Open server for testing

On developing stage, you don't have to generate all the time after modifying templates. Jikji provides a useful feature for developing in realtime.

Run jikji as listening mode:

$ jikji listen <project_dir>
$ jikji listen <project_dir> --port PORT --host HOST

You can see the rendered website in your browser (default: http://localhost:7000) after running the listening mode. When you reload the website, Jikji will do re-rendering the templates.

Limitations: if you change the init scripts including and, Jikji would not reload the files. In these cases, please turn off the server and restart Jikji listening mode.


Any contributions are welcome. Or, if you have any question while using Jikji, feel free to leave a question.