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Moved Let's Encrypt Option from flag to config.json
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authentication Switched to httptreemux. Apr 15, 2015
built-in Reverted to local dependencies for admin panel Jan 22, 2017
conversion Enable blackfriday footnotes extension Jul 22, 2015
database Changed to for UUID generation Oct 14, 2017
filenames Adding ability to use relative paths and added helper to handle tilde… Nov 10, 2015
flags Moved Let's Encrypt Option from flag to config.json Oct 15, 2017
helpers Added: Try to convert ghost database if journey.db is not found. Apr 28, 2015
plugins Conditionally complie the plugin system; adding 'noplugins' build tag Jul 19, 2015
server Changed to for UUID generation Oct 14, 2017
structure Consolidated all date functions into a new date package. Replaced all… Nov 10, 2015
templates Consolidated all date functions into a new date package. Replaced all… Nov 10, 2015
vendor Changed to for UUID generation Oct 14, 2017
watcher Implemented "contentFor" and "block" helpers. Apr 29, 2015
.gitignore Updated gitignore, pages Apr 27, 2015
.gitmodules Updated README Nov 13, 2015
main.go Added Let's Encrypt support to auto generate HTTPS certificates Oct 14, 2017


A blog engine written in Go, compatible with Ghost themes.



Please note that Journey is still in alpha and has not been tested in production. Not all Ghost theme helpers have been implemented yet so there is bound to be trouble with some Ghost themes. Please open a New Issue if you encounter a theme that doesn't work.

Easy to work with

Create or update your posts from any place and any device. Simply point your browser to yourblog.url/admin/, log in, and start typing away!


Write plugins in Lua to implement custom behavior when generating pages. Learn how to do it on the Wiki!

Good stuff available right away

Use Ghost themes to design your blog. There's already a great community of designers working on Ghost compatible themes. Check out the Ghost Marketplace to get an idea. You can also migrate your existing Ghost installation to Journey with a few simple steps.

Good stuff to come

Hopefully. Planning the future of Journey, high priority goals are support of MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Google App Engine.

Easily secure

Other blog engines require you to install Nginx or Apache just to enable HTTPS. With Journey, simply enable HTTPS in the configuration and start using it for development purposes. For production, simply replace the generated certificates with your own and you are ready to go.

No dependencies

Don't worry about installing the correct version of Node.js, Python, or anything else. Just download the latest release for your operating system and cpu architecture, then place the folder anywhere you like and run the Journey executable. Done!

Lightweight and fast

Journey is still in an early stage of development. However, initial tests indicate that it is much faster at generating pages than Ghost running on Node.js. It also eats very little of your precious memory. For example: Testing it on Mac OS X, it takes about 3.5 MB of it and then happily carries on doing its job.

This slimness makes Journey an ideal candidate for setting up micro blogs or hosting it on low-end vps machines or micro computers such as the Raspberry Pi.

Deployable anywhere

Download the release package for Linux (AMD64, i386, ARM), Mac OS X (AMD64, i386) or Windows (AMD64, i386) and start using Journey right away. Build Journey from source to make it work on a multitude of other operating systems!

Installing Journey

To get started with Journey, go to the the Releases Page and download the zip file corresponding to your operating system and cpu architecture. Then extract Journey anywhere you like. Why not place it in your home folder (e.g. /home/youruser/journey/)?

After that, head over to Setting up Journey to configure your Journey blog on your local machine.

If you'd like to set up Journey on a Linux server, head over to Installing Journey on Ubuntu Server for a step-by-step tutorial.

Journey even runs as a Windows Azure Web App. It's a great way to try out or host a low traffic Journey blog for free on the internet! Head over to Hosting Journey as a Windows Azure Web App for a step-by-step tutorial.


Did you create a Journey plugin? Write me @kabukky or and I'll add a link to it here.


Please read the FAQ Wiki page or write to


Please refer to the FAQ Wiki page if you experience any trouble running Journey.

If your issue isn't discussed there, please create a New Issue.

Building from source

Please refer to the Building Journey from source Wiki page for instructions on how to build Journey from source.

If you'd like to turn off the plugin system, you can use the build tag 'noplugins' to do so.

Contributing to Journey

Pull requests are very much welcome. But please create them on the development branch. The master branch will only be updated for a new release.

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