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This is a Bootstrap 3 theme for Pelican, compatible with Pelican 3.3.0 and higher. It is a fork of DandyDev/pelican-bootstrap3.

This fork has a longer installation process than the original source so it may be worth considering the use of DandyDev/pelican-bootstrap3 in the first instance. The key differences are that this fork uses:

For a summary of the performance benefits gained by using these technologies see Optimising page speed: A case study.


Clone theme repository

$ git clone

Install dependencies

Install Font Custom. Install Node.js then run:

$ cd pelican-bootstrap3
$ npm install


  1. Save a custom jQuery build as static/js/jquery/jquery-custom.min.js.
  2. Build CSS and font with the command grunt.

Site requirements

The following packages must be available to your Pelican installation so should be added to your requirements.txt file:


Edit to include the config variables THEME, and ASSET_BUNDLES:


THEME = `/path/to/pelican-bootstrap3`

    ('css_bundle', [
    ], {}),
    ('js_bundle', [
    ], {}),


This theme honours the following standard Pelican settings:

  • Putting feeds in the <head> section:
  • Template settings:
    • LINKS (Blogroll will be put in the sidebar instead of the head)
  • Analytics & Comments:
    • GOOGLE_ANALYTICS (classic tracking code)

It uses the tag_cloud variable for displaying tags in the sidebar. You can control the amount of tags shown with: TAG_CLOUD_MAX_ITEMS

CSS and JavaScript assets

To include CSS and JavaScript assets edit the ASSET_BUNDLES variable as specified in the site requirements above.


Article info

Set SHOW_ARTICLE_AUTHOR to True to show the author of the article at the top of the article and in the index of articles. Set SHOW_ARTICLE_CATEGORY to show the Category of each article. Set SHOW_DATE_MODIFIED to True to show the article modified date next to the published date.

If the source is hosted on GitHub a link to the article history may be included at the bottom of each article by setting the GITHUB_REPO_URL variable (see below):


A changelog may be included at the bottom of the article by using the metadata keyword Changelog of which there may be multiple occurrences. The value for Changelog must be formed from a date and description separated by a colon (see below):

Changelog: 2014-12-17: A description of the change.


Pelican-Bootstrap3 follows the standard Pagination settings of Pelican and uses the Bootstrap3 Pagination component, but you can optionally use the Boostrap3 Pager by setting USE_PAGER to True.

Bootstrap fluid layout

If you'd like to use the fluid container layout from Bootstrap, set the flag BOOTSTRAP_FLUID to True.

Site Brand

You can provide a logo for your site using SITELOGO. For example: SITELOGO = 'images/my_site_logo.png'. You can then define the size of the logo using SITELOGO_SIZE. The width of the <img> element will be set accordingly.

By default the SITENAME will be shown as well. It's also possible to hide the site name using the HIDE_SITENAME flag.


It's possible to show breadcrumbs in your site using the DISPLAY_BREADCRUMBS flag. By default the article category isn't shown in the breadcrumbs, if you wish to enable it, set the DISPLAY_CATEGORY_IN_BREADCRUMBS flag to True.


If you wish to use the inverse navbar from Bootstrap, set the flag BOOTSTRAP_NAVBAR_INVERSE to True.

Related posts

This theme has support for the Related Posts plugin. All you have to do, is enable the plugin, and the theme will do the rest.

IPython Notebook support

This theme supports including IPython notebooks through the Liquid Tags plugin. If you enable the plugin, the theme will automatically include the right CSS/JS to make the notebooks work.


Set the FAVICON option in your For example: FAVICON = 'images/favicon.png'

Index page

  • If DISPLAY_ARTICLE_INFO_ON_INDEX is set to True, article info (date, tags) will be show under the title for each article, otherwise only title and summary will be shown (default).

Short menu labels for pages

By default, the title of a page is used both for showing the title as part of a page's content, and, if pages in menu is enabled, as the label of the corresponding menu item. You can choose a different label for the menu (such as a short single word) than the page title by adding a Menulabel metadata attribute to the page header (Menulabel: in markdown, :Menulabel: in rst).

About me

You can show a short blurb of text about yourself and a picture. The following two settings are used for this:

  • Your 'About Me' paragraph will be whatever the ABOUT_ME variable is set to (raw html is allowed).
  • Your avatar can be set by pointing the AVATAR variable to the relevant picture (e.g. 'images/profile.png').

Banner image

A banner image can be added to the theme, displayed with the SITENAME and an optional subtitle. Config options are as follows:

  • Set the banner image with BANNER = '/path/to/banner.png'
  • Set the subtitle text with BANNER_SUBTITLE = 'This is my subtitle'
  • By default, the banner is only shown on the index page. To display the banner on all pages, set BANNER_ALL_PAGES = True

Sidebar options

The following things can be displayed on the sidebar:

  • Social links can be provided through the SOCIAL variable. If it's empty, the section will not be shown.
    • In your provide your social links like this:
SOCIAL = (('twitter', ''),
          ('linkedin', ''),
          ('github', ''),)
  • Tags will be shown if DISPLAY_TAGS_ON_SIDEBAR is set to True. Normally, tags are shown as a list.
    • Set DISPLAY_TAGS_INLINE to True, to display the tags inline (ie. as tagcloud).
  • Categories will be shown if DISPLAY_CATEGORIES_ON_SIDEBAR is set to True.
  • Recent Posts will be shown if DISPLAY_RECENT_POSTS_ON_SIDEBAR is set to True.
    • Use RECENT_POST_COUNT to control the amount of recent posts. Defaults to 5.

To remove the sidebar entirely, set HIDE_SIDEBAR to True.

reStructuredText styles

If you're using reStructuredText for writing articles and pages, you can include the extra CSS styles that are used by the docutils-generated HTML by setting DOCUTIL_CSS to True. This can be done as a global setting or setting it in the metadata of a specific article or page.

Disqus comments

  • This theme sets identifiers for each article's comment threads. If you are switching from a theme that doesn't (such as the Pelican built-in default) this will result in existing comments getting lost. To prevent this, set DISQUS_NO_ID to True.
  • Set DISQUS_ID_PREFIX_SLUG to True if you have configured your article URLs such that the slug alone will likely not be unique. Ignored if DISQUS_NO_ID is True.
  • You can also enable Disqus comments for pages. This is a per-page setting you can control by adding a field comments to you pages' metadata. Set it to enabled to enable comments for that page. Comment-threads for pages will have an id that is prefixed by 'page-'.
  • To show Disqus comment counts on the index page, set DISQUS_DISPLAY_COUNTS to True.

Content license

You can optionally declare a Creative Commons license for the content of your site. It will appear in the site's footer. To enable, use the following configuration:

  • CC_LICENSE_DERIVATIVES - "yes" if permitted, "no" if not permitted, and "ShareAlike" if derivatives must be shared under the same terms.
  • CC_LICENSE_COMMERCIAL - "yes" if commercial reuse is permitted, and "no" otherwise.
  • Optionally, you can include attribution markup in the license mark by setting CC_ATTR_MARKUP to True.

The license choice mirrors the Creative Commons License Chooser. Source for the macro that renders the mark is based on


The theme can show your most recently active GitHub repos in the sidebar. To enable, provide a GITHUB_USER. Appearance and behaviour can be controlled using the following variables:


Facebook Open Graph

In order to make the Facebook like button and other social sharing options work better, the template contains Open Graph metatags like <meta property="og:type" content="article"/>. You can disable them by setting USE_OPEN_GRAPH to False. You can use OPEN_GRAPH_FB_APP_ID to provide a Facebook app id. You can also provide a default image that will be passed as an Open Graph tag by setting OPEN_GRAPH_IMAGE to a relative file path, which will be prefixed by your site's base url. Optionally, you can override this default image on a per article and per page basis, by setting the og_image variable in an article or page.

Twitter Cards

The theme supports Summary Twitter Cards. To activate the necessary tags set TWITTER_CARDS to True. Because Twitter Cards also use Open Graph tags to identify some of the necessary metadata, USE_OPEN_GRAPH must also be set to True (which is the default).

You can optionally provide a TWITTER_USERNAME which will be used to set the Twitter username for the site and for the content creator.

The same image options for Open Graph (see above) can be used for setting images that appear on Twitter Cards. So if you have set an OPEN_GRAPH_IMAGE and optionally og_image for articles and/or pages, you're good to go for Twitter Cards as well.

Twitter Timeline

The theme can show your twitter timeline in the sidebar. To enable, provide a TWITTER_USERNAME and a TWITTER_WIDGET_ID.

To get a TWITTER_WIDGET_ID, go to: and select Create new. You'll find the TWITTER_WIDGET_ID under the html or in the site url:


You can enable sharing buttons through AddThis by setting ADDTHIS_PROFILE to your AddThis profile-id. This will display a Tweet, Facebook Like and Google +1 button under each post.

  • AddThis automatically adds a short hashtag to the end of your URLs. This lets you reveal how often visitors copy your URL from their address bar to share. Example of URL: This function can be disabled by setting ADDTHIS_DATA_TRACK_ADDRESSBAR to False.
  • All social buttons are enabled by default. You can disable certain button by setting following properties to False: ADDTHIS_FACEBOOK_LIKE, ADDTHIS_TWEET, ADDTHIS_GOOGLE_PLUSONE.

Tipue search

This theme has support for the Tipue Search plugin.

All you have to do, is:

  • Enable the plugin, and the theme will add a search box on the right side of the menu.
  • Add DIRECT_TEMPLATES = (('search',)) in your


The footer will display a copyright message using the AUTHOR variable and the year of the latest post. If a content license mark is enabled (see above), that will be shown as well.

Live example