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nanoc 3

nanoc is a simple but very flexible static site generator written in Ruby. It operates on local files, and therefore does not run on the server. nanoc “compiles” the local source files into HTML (usually), by evaluating eRuby, Markdown, etc.

Note: This documentation looks best with Yardoc, not RDoc.


The nanoc web site contains a few useful resources to help you get started with nanoc:

If you need assistance, the following places will help you out:

Source Code Documentation

The source code is located in lib/nanoc3 and is structured in a few directories:

  • base contains the bare essentials necessary for nanoc to function
  • cli contains the commandline interface
  • data_sources contains the standard data sources ({Nanoc3::DataSource} subclasses), such as the filesystem data source
  • helpers contains helpers, which provide functionality some sites may find useful, such as the blogging and tagging helpers
  • extra contains stuff that is not needed by nanoc itself, but which may be used by helpers, data sources, filters or VCSes.
  • filters contains the standard filters ({Nanoc3::Filter} subclasses) such as ERB, Markdown, Haml, ...

The namespaces (modules) are organised like this:

  • {Nanoc3} is the namespace for everything nanoc-related (obviously). The classes in lib/nanoc3/base are part of this module (not Nanoc3::Base)
  • {Nanoc3::CLI} containing everything related to the commandline tool.
  • {Nanoc3::DataSources} contains the data sources
  • {Nanoc3::Helpers} contains the helpers
  • {Nanoc3::Extra} contains useful stuff not needed by nanoc itself
  • {Nanoc3::Filters} contains the (textual) filters

The central class in nanoc is {Nanoc3::Site}, so you should start there if you want to explore nanoc from a technical perspective.


nanoc itself can be used without installing any dependencies. Some components, however, do have dependencies:

  • The autocompiler depends on mime-types and rack.
  • For documentation generation you’ll need yard.
  • For packaging you’ll need rubygems (1.3 or newer).
  • For testing you’ll need mocha.


(In alphabetical order)

  • Colin Barrett
  • Dmitry Bilunov
  • Brian Candler
  • Chris Eppstein
  • Starr Horne
  • Nicky Peeters
  • Christian Plessl
  • Šime Ramov
  • “Soryu”
  • Eric Sunshine
  • Dennis Sutch

Special thanks to Ale Muñoz.


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