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Welcome to Acrylamid's Documentation!

Acrylamid is yet another lightweight static blogging software written in python and designed to get a high quality output. Its licensed under BSD Style, 2 clauses.


Acrylamid is a mixture of nanoc, Pyblosxom and Pelican. It features mainly:

  • blog articles, simple pages, tags RSS/Atom feeds and an article overview
  • theming support (using jinja2) and support for jinja2 directly in postings
  • Markdown, reStructuredText and pandoc
  • MathML, modern web-typography and hyphenation using ­
  • RSS/Atom import, deployment and a very handy CLI
  • it's very flexible and fast


easy_install -U acrylamid

You'll need python, jinja2 and either markdown (default) or docutils. pygments and asciimathml for colored code listings respectively MathML. Typography requires smartypants. To get a full-featured installation do:

pip install docutils pygments asciimathml smartypants

If you are interested in recent changes, try the master version:

pip install -e git+git://

Get acrylamid, edit and layouts/ and run acrylamid with:

$> acrylamid init myblog
    create  myblog/
$> cd myblog/
$> acrylamid compile && acrylamid view
      warn  using mtime from <fileentry f'content/sample entry.txt'>
    create  '/articles/index.html', written to output/articles/index.html
    create  'Die Verwandlung', written to output/2011/die-verwandlung/index.html
    create  '/atom/index.html', written to output/atom/index.html
    create  '/rss/index.html', written to output/rss/index.html
    create  '/', written to output/index.html
   * Running on

Real World Example?

I have released all sources from my personal blog: posativ/ Take a look at my for some inspiration.


See docs/filters.rst for detailed information. Currently supported by acrylamid:

  • Markdown: rendering Markdown (+asciimathml,pygments,built-in extensions)
  • reST: reStructuredText (+pygments)
  • pandoc: Pandoc (+Markdown,textitle,rst,...)
  • HTML: don't render with Markdown, reStructuredText or Pandoc (it's a conflicting filter)
  • typography: (and custom modifications)
  • hyphenation: hyphenate words (len > 10) based on language
  • summarize: summarizes posts to 200 words
  • head_offset: decrease headings by offset
  • jinja2: write jinja2 in your entries (you can also execute system calls therewith)
  • acronyms: automatically replace acronyms and abbreviations to help unexperienced users


See commands for a detailed overview.

%> acrylamid --help
Usage: acrylamid <subcommand> [options] [args]

  -q, --quiet    less verbose
  -v, --verbose  more verbose
  -h, --help     show this help message and exit
  --version      print version details

  init           initializes base structure in DIR
  create  (new)  creates a new entry
  compile (co)   compile blog
  view           fire up built-in webserver
  autocompile    automatic compilation and serving (short aco)
  clean   (rm)   remove abandoned files
  import         import content from URL
  deploy         run a given TASK

All subcommands except `init` require a file.
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