Static website generator. Uses AsciiDoc or Markdown files to create a mini-website.
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This is a grunt script that uses AsciiDoc or Markdown files to produce a mini-website. This is a combination of grunt-asciidoctor and assemble. Thanks @anthonny_q for grunt-asciidoctor.

Getting Started

This script requires Grunt ~0.4.5

If you haven’t used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide.


  • Put AsciiDoc or Markdown text files into /docs directory

    • Code supports .adoc or .md files

At command prompt, cd to your project directory and run

> grunt

Asciidoc files are converted into html and placed in /website directory

How it works

  • grunt-contrib-clean is set to delete all files out of the /rendered directory each time

  • it also cleans out the .html files from the /website directory

  • This was you can add or delete content files in the /docs directory without worrying about removing dead files from your /website

  • Takes .adoc and .md files in /docs directory

  • Renders .html files into /rendered directory

Asciidoctor is set to render the body only
  • Takes AsciiDoc rendered .html files in /rendered directory

  • Assembles these by injecting each file into the template from /template directory

  • saves as .html into /website

NameOfFile.adoc converts to NameOfFile.html

Relies on Template and supporting CSS

  • This is basic bootstrap page and it is a Handlebars template.

    • each AsciiDoc rendered html file is injected into the Handlebars {{> body }} in the template.

  • You can modify this template by changing the links in the top and side navigation menus to fit your website.

  • Substitute this template with your HTML page. Just place Handlebars {{> body }} in your template where you want the AsciiDoc content to go. Rename .html to .hbs to make it a Handlebars template.

Use summary.adoc file to build your navigation menu. Maintain your menu link changes in this file. Run grunt. This will produce a summary.html file. Copy HTML links out of this and paste into the template and save. Run grunt again. (…​someday it would be nice to have this built into the template, but I don’t know Handlebars yet.)
website/content directory
  • Requires one Asciidoctor CSS theme found in /website/content/AsciiDocThemes

    • this must be linked in the template

  • All other files are related to Bootstrap. Can be safely replaced with your own code.


  • Copy this entire project to your project directory.

  • Replace text files in /docs with your own

    • grunt script only supports .adoc or .md files

  • at command prompt, cd to your project directory

  • at command prompt, run "grunt" (requires grunt to work)

  • click on /website/index.html to view in browser

  • Next, go back and modify /template/bootstrap-starter-template.hbs to fix links to yours.

  • run grunt again

How I set this up

You don’t need to do this if you have just downloaded the project, because all this code is already there. These are just notes on how I did it from scratch.

  • run "npm install" at command prompt

    > npm install
  • this will read the package.json and download

    • node_modules_

      • assemble

      • grunt

      • grunt-asciidoctor

      • grunt-contrib-clean

  • I chose to use Bootstrap as my template.

    • downloaded Bootstrap (used 3.2.0)

    • placed into \website\content\


grunt-assemble Error fixed

as of 7/11/2014 when I installed assemble the previous problem is gone.

Copyright © 2014 Ted Bergeron. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the MIT License.

See the LICENSE file for details.