Smallblog Documentation

Because even though it's on Github, I'll write it here too.

setup markdown


You can either go to the github release page and download the latest release for your OS (currently only Linux 64Bit and Linux ARM are available) which consists of a .tar.gz archive. This archive contains everything you need to get started.

$ wget https://github.com/Depado/smallblog/releases/download/v1.0.1/smallblog-linux-amd64-1.0.1.tar.gz
$ tar xvf smallblog-linux-amd64-1.0.0.tar.gz
$ cd smallblog-linux-amd64

Once you’re there, you must edit your conf.yml. (See the next section to do so). The conf.yml provided with this release contains some already filled values, including the pages_dir one.

Once you’re done configuring Smallblog, head to the pages directory. There you’ll find a starter page which you can either edit or remove if you want to (in which case you’ll have to create a page from scratch). And that’s it. You’re all set. You just have to start the server.

$ ./smallblog
[SB] [INFO] [127.691µs] [first-article.md] [/post/first-article] First Article
[SB] [INFO] Generated 1 pages in 171.166µs

Your article will be listed on your front page, and will be available (as mentionned in the logs) at host:port/post/first-article or whatever you set your slug to (or let the server generate the slug for you from the title of your article).


Put a conf.yml file next to your smallblog binary. Here are the options you can customize

Key Description Default
host Interface on which the server should listen. “”
port Port on which the server should listen. 8080
debug Activates the router’s debug mode. false
pages_dir Local or absolute path to the directory in which your articles are stored “pages”
title Blog title (front page) ””
description Blog Description (front page) ””

Write Posts

There is no naming convention for file names. You can name them whatever you want, it won’t chage the server’s behaviour. A post (or page/article) file is divided in two parts. The first part is yaml data. The second part is the actual content of your article. The two parts are separated by a blank line.

Here is the list of yaml values you can fill

Key Description Mandatory
title The title of your article. Yes
description The description of your article (sub-title) No
slug The link you want for your article. If left empty, will be generated from title. No
author Author of the article No
date The date of writing/publication of your article. Yes
tags A list of tags you want to apply on the article (useless right now, but still pretty) No

If any of the two mandatory values (date and title) are omitted, the parser will complain and simply ignore the file.

Example Post


title: First Article
description: The reasons I made SmallBlog
slug: first-article
author: Depado
date: 2016-05-06 11:22:00
    - inspiration
    - dev

# Actual Markdown Content
Notice the blank line right after the `tags` list.
That's how you tell the parser that you are done with yaml format.
And that's a really long line you don't want to type every other day because it's excessively long.

This article will be parsed, and available at example.com/post/first-article. It will also be listed at example.com/.

Filesystem Monitoring

The directory you define in your conf.yml file is constantly watched by the server. Which means several things : - If you create a new file, it will be parsed and added to your site. (Also if you mv a file inside the directory) - If you modify an exisiting file, it will be parsed and modified on your site if necessary (e.g if the slug changes). - If you delete an existing file, the article will be removed. (Also if you mv a file out of the directory)

All these changes are instant. Usually a file takes ~250µs to be parsed. When you restart the server, all the files will be parsed again so they are stored in RAM (which is really efficient unless you have 250Mo of markdown file).

2016/05/08 16:31 - Raw Markdown