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What is RenderEngine

The idea of Render Engine is that you have the flexibility of dynamic webpages with the performance of static sites.

Render Engine was built out of frustration with existing tools.

This is in Beta!

That Means:

  • Things can (and will change)
  • Things may break

The 3 layer Architecture 

  • Page - A single webpage item built from content, a template, raw data, or a combination of those things.
  • Collection - A group of webpages built from the same template, organized in a single directory
  • Site - The container that helps to render all Pages and Collections in with uniform settigns and variables

The 4th Layer

Your site will have an Engine as well. This is your templating engine and is Jinja2 by default. You can of course supply your own engine if you like.

You can expand any of these areas to customize your engine to your liking.

As simple/complex as required

  • Create your own templates to design the site your way (or don't and still get HTML)
  • Content can be markdown/html to give you the content you need. You can also specify markdown extensions to expand how your content renders.

Getting Started

Installing Render Engine

Use pip - pip install render-engine


Other Dependencies that install with render-engine

Steps to Working Site

Import Site and Page

from render_engine import Site, Page

Create Site Class

class MySite(Site):
    site_vars = {
      SITE_TITLE: "My Website",
      SITE_URL: "",
      "some_template_variable": "Pass this to every page",

mysite = MySite(static="static") # copies static files to your output

Create a Page and let the site render it

class Index(Page):
  title="Welcome to my Page!"

Create some Collections

You don't have to render all the pages individually. You can create a collection of pages using frontmatter and markdown.

With frontmatter you can set your own variables to add to your jinja template.

title: Spiderman Quotes
hero: spiderman

> With great power comes great responsibility -- Uncle Ben

Then store all of your markdown files in a folder and render them as a collection. You can set parameters around your collection like if you want an archive and how you want that archive sorted.

class Heroes(Collection):
    has_archive: True
    sort_by: hero
    sort_reverse: true
    archive_template: "heroes.html"
    content_path: './content'

There is also a custom blog collection that has many of the features needed to get your blog off the ground.

from render_engine import Blog

class Blog(Blog):
    content_path: './blog' # archive and sorting setup by default

Finally execute your python file.

Featuers still in development:

  • RSS Feeds
  • SubCollections (Tags, Categories, Etc)
  • Sitemap generation
  • Visual Reporting


This and much of the work that I do is made possible by those that sponsor me on github.

Sponsors at the $20/month and higher Level

Thank you to them and all of those that continue to support this project!