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Grav Smartypants Plugin

Smartypants is a Grav v0.9.5+ plugin that adds SmartyPants. SmartyPants is a typography prettifyier tool for web writers. It easily translates plain ASCII punctuation characters into "smart" typographic punctuation HTML entities. The Grav plugin for SmartyPants provides the ability to prettify page titles, page content, and also provides a smartypants twig filter.


Installing the Smartypants plugin can be done in one of two ways. Our GPM (Grav Package Manager) installation method enables you to quickly and easily install the plugin with a simple terminal command, while the manual method enables you to do so via a zip file.

GPM Installation (Preferred)


The simplest way to install this plugin is via the Grav Package Manager (GPM) through your system's Terminal (also called the command line). From the root of your Grav install type:

bin/gpm install smartypants

This will install the Smartypants plugin into your /user/plugins directory within Grav. Its files can be found under /your/site/grav/user/plugins/smartypants.

Manual Installation

To install this plugin, just download the zip version of this repository and unzip it under /your/site/grav/user/plugins. Then, rename the folder to smartypants. You can find these files either on GitHub or via

You should now have all the plugin files under



The smartypants plugin comes with some sensible default configuration, that are pretty self explanatory:


enabled: true           // Enables or Disables the entire plugin for all pages.
twig_filter: true       // Enables or Disables the twig filter
process_title: false    // Enables or Disables processing on page titles
process_content: true   // Enables or Disables processing on page contents
options: qDew           // Smartypants-specific configuration options

The options are described in detail on the PHP SmartyPants GitHub Site:

You can override SmartyPants' default quotes (e.g. for other language styles like „German“):

dq_open:  “      // Custom HTML string for double quote open
dq_close: ”      // Custom HTML string for double quote close
sq_open:  ‘      // Custom HTML string for single quote open
sq_close: ’      // Custom HTML string for single quote close

To customize the plugin, you first need to create an override config. To do so, create the folder user/config/plugins (if it doesn't exist already) and copy the smartypants.yaml config file in there and then make your edits.

Also you can override the default options per-page:

title: 'My "Page"'
    process_title: true
    process_content: true
    options: qd

# "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet"

There are two main scenarios:

  1. Disabled by default by setting process_content: false in your user/config/plugins/smartypants.yaml then enable per page with smartypants: process_content: true in your page headers.
  2. Enabled by default by setting process_content: true in your user/config/plugins/smartypants.yaml then disable per page with smartypants: process_content: false in your page headers.

Twig Filter

There is now a Twig filter that you can use to process SmartyPants dynamically on any string when working with Twig:

{{ page.header.custom|smartypants }}

You can also pass custom SmartyPants options:

{{ page.header.custom|smartypants('qew') }}

Compatibility Notice

If Smartypants is enabled for a page that has cache_enabled: false and twig: process: true, the markdown will process and run events before Twig, causing single quotes to get converted and cause a conflict with the Twig processing. This will result in Twig erroring out.


As development for the Smartypants plugin continues, new versions may become available that add additional features and functionality, improve compatibility with newer Grav releases, and generally provide a better user experience. Updating Smartypants is easy, and can be done through Grav's GPM system, as well as manually.

GPM Update (Preferred)

The simplest way to update this plugin is via the Grav Package Manager (GPM). You can do this with this by navigating to the root directory of your Grav install using your system's Terminal (also called command line) and typing the following:

bin/gpm update smartypants

This command will check your Grav install to see if your Smartypants plugin is due for an update. If a newer release is found, you will be asked whether or not you wish to update. To continue, type y and hit enter. The plugin will automatically update and clear Grav's cache.

Manual Update

Manually updating Smartypants is pretty simple. Here is what you will need to do to get this done:

  • Delete the your/site/user/plugins/smartypants directory.
  • Downalod the new version of the Smartypants plugin from either GitHub or
  • Unzip the zip file in your/site/user/plugins and rename the resulting folder to smartypants.
  • Clear the Grav cache. The simplest way to do this is by going to the root Grav directory in terminal and typing bin/grav clear-cache.

Note: Any changes you have made to any of the files listed under this directory will also be removed and replaced by the new set. Any files located elsewhere (for example a YAML settings file placed in user/config/plugins) will remain intact.