Streaming markdown + dust templates so you can generate static sites with gulp
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Squick is designed to make it easy to build static sites with gulp and dustjs, and markdown via marked.

Squick aims to do one thing well: turn markdown files and dust templates into a stream of rendered HTML files. This lets users leverage any gulp plugin they want for whatever additional features they desire.

Here is the simplest possible gulpfile to build a site using Squick:

var gulp = require("gulp");
var squick = require("squick");

gulp.task("default", function() {
  return new squick({
    content: gulp.src(["content/**/*.md"]),
    views: gulp.src(["views/**/*.html"]),

This will pick up some .md files, extract their JSON front-matter, render each file via the appropriate template, and then write the results to the output folder.


The following configuration keys are recognized by Squick:

  • content a stream of markdown files, probably from gulp.src
  • views a stream of dustjs templates, probably from gulp.src
  • site (optional) an arbitrary object which will be passed to all templates as site
  • filters (optional) an object containing dust filters to be added to the dust environment.
  • helpers (optional) an object containing dust helpers to be added to the dust environment.
  • marked (optional) configuration for marked.


Each markdown file can have a JSON-formatted object at the start of the file which will be extracted and passed to templates as post.meta. The following keys have special significance. No whitespace is allowed ahead of the JSON object.

  • template specifies the template to be used when rendering this post
  • title specifies the title of the post

Template Environment

The templates are rendered via dustjs. In addition to the standard dust filters, Squick includes the dustjs-helpers and a few helpers and filters, listed below. You can also add custom filters and helpers via the filters and helpers configuration key.


The following variables are available to your templates:

  • post a post object (see below) for the current post
  • site whatever data was passed in as site in squick's configuration.

post objects

A Post object provides access to the content and front-matter for a given markdown file. It has the following properties:

  • meta example: {post.meta.tags} the contents of the given post's front matter.
  • title example {post.title} the title of the post. The title of the post is either:
    1. the value of title in the front-matter
    2. the value of the first header in the markdown content
    3. the filename of the .md file, with '.md' removed, and with dashes replaced with spaces. (eg. "" would become "This Cool Post")


  • @markdown takes a string and converts it from markdown to HTML. The following uses of the markdown helper are roughly equivalent.

      {@markdown content=post.content /}
      {@markdown:post.content /}
      {#post.content}<div class="wrapper">
        {@markdown /}
  • @fetch takes a list of filenames and renders a block for each file. Useful for making an index page.

      {@fetch paths=post.meta.include as="article"}