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app sushi-gen

A simple but customizable static site generator / blog generator

10 releases

0.2.9 Apr 15, 2024
0.2.8 Dec 28, 2022
0.2.7 Jul 3, 2022
0.2.6 Apr 6, 2022
0.2.5 Mar 29, 2022

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Sūshì is a simple but customizable static site generator / blog generator written in Rust.


cargo install sushi-gen

ssushi will be installed in .cargo/bin. Now check the installation.

ssushi --help

Compile from Source Manually

Clone this repository and cd into it:

git clone https://github.com/fpg2012/sushi
cd sushi

And build it with Cargo:

cargo build --release

The binary executable ssushi will be placed in target/release

Quick Start

For Linux users:

  1. Install sushi

  2. Get a starter (or so called "theme"), for example

    git clone https://github.com/fpg2012/sushi-theme-letter

    Copy the starter into config directory and rename it to default. On Linux, it is $XDG_CONFIG_DIR/sushi-gen or $HOME/.config/sushi-gen. (Refer to ProjectDirs in directories). Don't forget to install all dependencies of the starter.

  3. Initialize your site

    ssushi init [your_site_name]
  4. Build the site

    ssushi build
  5. Now the site is generated into _gen folder. You can install sfz to serve the site.

    cargo install sfz
    sfz -r _gen

How does sūshì work?

Site Structure

A Sūshì site might look like this:

├── assets
├── _converters (*)
│   ├── convert.sh
│   └── pandoc-katex
├── _gen
├── _includes (*)
│   ├── footer.liquid
│   ├── header.liquid
│   └── katexcss.liquid
├── index.md
├── notes
├── posts
│   ├── 2021-04-04-some-post-with-assets
│   │   ├── pic1.png
│   │   ├── pic2.png
│   │   └── index.md
│   └── 2022-03-18-some-post.md
├── _site.yml (*)
└── _templates (*)
    ├── page.liquid
    └── post.liquid

Actually only _converters, _includes, _templates and _site.yml are necessary and should NOT be renamed. Once sushi starts, it reads these files and folders first and load them into memory.

Templates (written in liquid template language) and partials (in liquid too) should be stored in _templates and _includes respectively. Site configurations are written in _site.yml. _converters stores executables for converting page files into HTML pages (i.e. markdown parsers).

Note that sūshì does not parse markdown (or any other format) directly, what it does is simply compiling templates you provide and insert the converted page contents into them. You can write your parser, or write a simple script to execute some parser (i.e. pandoc).

After reading these important configurations, sushi convert all pages found by execute the converters. Folders and file start with . or _ will be ignored. All file that are not recognized as "page files" will be copied directly to the corresponding locations.

Generated site is put in _gen folder.

Site Configuration

_site.yml might look like this:

site_name: "my site"
author: "my name"
url: "https://example.com"
# ...
convert_ext: ["html", "md"]
  - md: "converter.sh"
taxonomies: ["category", "tag"]
configuration value type function
convert_ext array of string Valid extensions of page file. File with extension listed here is considered as page file.
converter_choice array of map Specific which converter to be used. If not set, all pages will be inserted to templates directly.
taxonomies array of map List of taxonomies
url string Base url of the site. If not set, "/" will be used.

Page Front Matter

Front matter contains the configuration of the page.

layout: post
title: "Test of Sushi"
date: "2022-03-12"
tag: ["a", "b", "c"]
category: ["dev"]
name usage
layout (required) name of the template
date (required) date, like "2022-03-12"
[taxonomy name] list of taxonomy value
paginate the list used for pagination
paginate_batches number of items in a batch
next id of next page
last id of last page

Write Templates


Sushi uses the rust implementation of liquid template language. For syntax of liquid, please refer to the documentation of liquid languague and liquid crate.

Global Objects

Sushi offers some global liquid variables.

name usage
site All configurations in _site.yml are inserted into the object. For example, site.site_name is the site_name set in _site.yml. site.time is the datetime of generating the site.
page Front matter of current page.
content Content of current page. string.
sitetree Site tree
taxo Taxonomy list
id_to_page Map page_id to page object
all_pages List of all page_id
paginator Paginator

Besides the key-value pair defined by user in _config.yml and front matter, site and page object contains some generated information.

name usage
site.time Datetime of generating the site
page.url URL of page
page.path Path of original page file
page.next ID of next page
page.last ID of last page
page.content original content of the page
page.search_text usually same as page.content

page.search_text is meant to used for implementing search functionality

sitetree object

name usage
sitetree._home Object of root directory
sitetree.[folder] Object of [folder] directory
sitetree.[folder1].[folder2] Object of folder1/folder2
sitetree.[folder]._list page_ids of pages in the folder. Index page_id of child folder will be listed here too. For example, all pages in "post" folder will be list in sitetree.post._list. Similarly, all pages in "posts/notes" will be listed in sitetree.posts.notes._list

taxo object

name usage
taxo._key List of taxnonomies.
taxo.[taxonomy] Object of taxonomy, for exmaple taxo.tag, taxo.category
taxo.[taxonomy].[taxonomy_value] List of page_id of pages with the taxonomy value. For example, all page_id of pages with tag "rust" will be listed in taxo.tag.rust
taxo.[taxonomy].[taxonomy_value]._key List of valid taxonomy value

Template Front Matter

name usage
layout template name of parent template

Template inheritance is supported, which is similar to that of Jekyll. If template post inherites template page, the render result of post will be the content inserted to page.

page_content =="post"=> result1
result1 =="page"=> result2 // the final result in this example

Add Partials

If a snippet of code is used by multiple templates, it is recommended to split them to a partial file. All partial file should be put in _includes folder.

For example, if header.liquid is put in _includes folder, you can use {{ include header }} in your template to include it.


Paginator is used to split a page into mutiple pages (for example, when showing a super long list of page titles in home page).

Usage of paginator is a little bit complex.

First, paginator of sushi is based on "list", it splits the list into multiple "batches". So you should put the list you want to split into page front matter.

paginate: sitetree.posts._list # the list you want to split
paginate_batches: 4 # the number of item in a batch

And then, use the paginator object in your template. For example:

{% for page_id in paginator.current_batch %}
  <li><a href="{{ id_to_page[page_id].url }}">{{ id_to_page[page_id].title }}</a></li>
{% endfor %}
{% if paginator.batch_num > 1 %} <!--more than one page-->
{% if paginator.next_batch_num %}
  <a href="{{ paginator.batch_urls[paginator.next_batch_num] }}">{{ paginator.next_batch_num }}</a>
{% endif %}
{% if pageinator.last_batch_num %}
  <a href="{{ paginator.batch_urls[paginator.last_batch_num] }}">{{ paginator.last_batch_num }}</a>
{% endif %}
{% endif %}

After pagination, page test.md might be split into

├─ ....
name usage
paginator.current_batch current batch
paginator.current_batch_num index of current batch
paginator.next_batch_num index of next batch
paginator.last_batch_num index of  last batch
paginator.batch_urls list of batch urls
paginator.items the list before splitting
paginator.batch_num number of batches

Write Converters

Writing converters is quite simple. A converter is a executable reads input from stdin and writes output to stdout. That's all.

For example, you can write a shell script to execute pandoc

pandoc -f [filter] --katex

Site Initialization and Starters

When you execute ssushi init [sitename], sushi will search for a starter named "default" in project config folder and current working directory, and then simply copy it to ./[sitename].

You can use --theme [starter_name/starter_path] option to use other starters.

Note that there is no default starter after installation with Cargo, you should create one manually.


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