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PineBlog PineBlog

Build Status NuGet Badge License: MIT

PineBlog is a light-weight blogging engine written in ASP.NET Core MVC Razor Pages, using Entity Framework Core or MongoDb. It is highly extendable, customizable and easy to integrate in an existing web application.

PineBlog screenshot


  • Markdown post editor (SimpleMDE)
  • File management
  • Light-weight using Razor Pages
  • SEO optimized
  • Open Graph protocol
  • RSS and ATOM feeds
  • Basic search
  • Clean Architecture (youtube: Clean Architecture with ASP.NET Core)
  • Entity Framework Core, SQL database
  • or MongoDb (MongoDB.Driver)
  • Azure Blob Storage, for file storage
  • ..only a blogging engine, nothing else..

More about the features: features

What is not included

Because PineBlog is very light-weight it is not a complete web application, it needs to be integrated in an existing web application or you need to create a basic web application for it. There are a few things PineBlog depends on, but that it does not provide.

  • Authentication and authorization

Note: The admin pages require that authentication/authorization has been setup in your website, the admin area has a AuthorizeFilter with the default policy set to all pages in that area folder.

Where can I get it?

You can install the Opw.PineBlog metapackage from the console.

> dotnet add package Opw.PineBlog

The Opw.PineBlog metapackage includes the following packages.

  • Opw.PineBlog.EntityFrameworkCore package The PineBlog data provider that uses Entity Framework Core. NuGet Badge

  • Opw.PineBlog.RazorPages package The PineBlog UI using ASP.NET Core MVC Razor Pages. NuGet Badge

  • Opw.PineBlog.Core package The PineBlog core package. This package is a dependency for Opw.PineBlog.RazorPages and Opw.PineBlog.EntityFrameworkCore. NuGet Badge

For using MongoDb, see Using MongoDb on how to setup that.

Getting started

You add the PineBlog services and the Razor Pages UI in the Startup.cs of your application.

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

    // or services.AddMvcCore().AddPineBlogRazorPages();
    // or services.AddMvc().AddPineBlogRazorPages();

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IWebHostEnvironment env)

    // Make sure you enable static file serving

    app.UseEndpoints(endpoints =>
        // make sure to add the endpoint mapping for both RazorPages and Controllers

NOTE: Make sure you enable static file serving app.UseStaticFiles();, to enable the serving of the css and javascript from the Opw.PineBlog.RazorPages packages.

See Customizing the layout on how to setup the layout pages, css and javascript.


And a few properties need to be configured before you can run your web application with PineBlog.

    "ConnectionStrings": {
        "DefaultConnection": "Server=inMemory; Database=pineblog-db;"
    "PineBlogOptions": {
        "Title": "PineBlog",
        "Description": "A blogging engine based on ASP.NET Core MVC Razor Pages and Entity Framework Core",
        "ItemsPerPage": 5,
        "CreateAndSeedDatabases": true,
        "ConnectionStringName": "DefaultConnection",
        "AzureStorageConnectionString": "UseDevelopmentStorage=true",
        "AzureStorageBlobContainerName": "pineblog",
        "FileBaseUrl": ""

Blog Settings ConfigurationProvider

To be able to update the blog settings from the admin pages, you need to add the PineBlog IConfigurationProviders to the IConfigurationBuilder in the Program.cs. Add config.AddPineBlogEntityFrameworkCoreConfiguration(reloadOnChange: true); to ConfigureAppConfiguration(..) on the IWebHostBuilder.

    .ConfigureAppConfiguration((hostingContext, config) => {
        config.AddPineBlogEntityFrameworkCoreConfiguration(reloadOnChange: true);


For more information, please check the documentation.

For technical background information, check the blog:


Check the code 🤓

Demo website

The demo website is a playground to check out PineBlog. You can write and publish posts, upload files and test application before install. And no worries, it is just a sandbox and will clean itself.

Password: demo


PineBlog is used on the following website:


We accept fixes and features! Here are some resources to help you get started on how to contribute code or new content.

Copyright © 2021, Of Pine Wood. Created by Peter van den Hout. Released under the terms of the MIT license.