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Acrylamid doesn't reinvent the wheel. It integrates a lot of useful projects to provide a feature-rich user experience. You can use acrylamid in a very minimalistic way and write your posts in plain markdown or add more expensive features you may not have with dynamic web pages such as code highlighting, typography, mathml and hyphenation. See :doc:`about` for an overview of the third-party libraries used in Acrylamid.

Linux/Debian and OS X

You'll need the python interpreter with version ≥ 2.6 and a python package manager. If you are on Linux (Debian-based), just apt-get install python python-setuputils. If you are using OS X the proper Python version is already installed (10.6 or later).

$> easy_install -U acrylamid

And you are done with the simplest setup (by the way even markdown and translitcodec are not must-have dependency).


Avoid removing translitcodec egg after you started writing your blog. It might break all your permanent links.

Additional Supported Modules

Feature Dependency
reStructuredText docutils
Textile pytextile
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Syntax Highlighting pygments
Typography enhancements smartypants
AsciiMathML to MathML asciimathml
cyrillic/chinese ascii slugs unidecode
Mako Templating mako
exact YAML parser PyYAML
Twitter twitter

Asian/Russian Users

If you write in your native language, it is better to install unidecode for a better ASCII transcription of your characters. This is only required for the safe slug to your post.


Not supported.

Python 3

As of release of 0.3.4 Acrylamid has experimental support for Python 3. Although most parts of Acrylamid work with Python 3, it is not actively tested and maintained. I hope 2to3 gets automatically applied, if not:

$ 2to3 -wn -x execfile acrylamid/
$ python install
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