Jekyll-like blog engine for node.js

npm install enfield
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Jekyll-like static site generator for node.js that aims to be as compatible as possible with mojombo/jekyll.


Core functionality is identical to Jekyll:

  • Blog aware static site generator
  • Compatible with the Jeykll directory and file structure
  • Use Markdown for posts
  • Code highlighting via Pygments
  • Layouts written using liquid template engine
  • Server / Auto-regenerate

There are a few bonus features not present in the default install of Jekyll:

  • Jekyll-like plugin model, with CoffeeScript/JS instead of Ruby
  • Use markdown within includes
  • Compile and minify CoffeeScript & LESS
  • Support post and page URL aliases via redirects
  • Extension-less page URLs (i.e. /example/ from /example.html via pretty_urls configuration variable)

Finally, there are a few missing features:

  • Textile support
  • Importing tools


Generated directly from enfield --help

Enfield is a blog-aware static-site generator modeled after Jekyll

  build                Build your site
  help                 Display global or [command] help documentation.
  new                  Creates a new Jekyll site scaffold in PATH
  serve                Serve your site locally

Global Options:
  -s, --source [DIR]
      Source directory (defaults to ./)

  -d, --destination [DIR]
      Destination directory (defaults to ./_site)

      Safe mode (defaults to false)

  --plugins PLUGINS_DIR1[,PLUGINS_DIR2[,...]]
      Plugins directory (defaults to ./_plugins)

      Layouts directory (defaults to ./_layouts)

  -h, --help
      Display help documentation

  -v, --version
      Display version information


Enfield will load any .coffee or .js file from the _plugins directory. The plugin system is modeled after Jekyll Plugins. The following plugin types are supported:

  • Converters
  • Liquid Filters
  • Custom Tags
  • Generators


Custom converters can be added. Note that only items with YAML frontmatter will be converted. All others are ignored.

module.exports = {
  "converters": {
    "foo": {
      "priority": 1,
      "matches": function(ext) {
        return ext === '.foo';
      "outputExtension": function(ext) {
        return ".html";
      "convert": function(content, callback) {
        // Return converted value via callback(err, content)
        callback(null, content.replace('foo', ''));

Valid priority values: 1 (lowest) - 5 (highest)

Liquid Filters

Custom Liquid Filters can be added:

module.exports = {
  "filters": {
    "upcase": function(val) {
      return val.toUpperCase();
    "lowercase": function(val) {
      return val.toLowerCase();

Custom Tags

module.exports = {
  "tags": {
    "mytag": function(body, page, site) {
      // Body is the content string within the tag
      // Page is the object of the current page being converted
      // Site is the same data structure passed to liquid templates
      // (see generators below)
      return "Hello World";


Generators are used to create additional content for your site based on custom logic.

module.exports = {
  "generators": {
    "bar": function(site, callback) {
      // Same data structure as passed to Liquid templates. Including:
      // - site.posts
      // - site.pages
      // - site.tags
      // - site.categories
      // - site.static_files

      // Make sure to callback when you're done

See src/plugins/enfield-generators.coffee for examples.


Version 0.3.1

  • New liquid tag {% page_url %} for linking to posts (similar to {% post_url %} from Jekyll)
  • Use pygments for code highlighting w/ Marked's async API
  • Use new async API from tinyliquid 0.2
  • Use he instead of ent for entity encoding
  • Various bugfixes

Version 0.3.0

  • Initial support for custom tag plugins
  • Support Jekyll-style pagination
  • Add support for post_url included in Jekyll
  • Make nested includes actually work
  • Includes can use markdown
  • Removed Textile support (need to find a better library)
  • Support the permalink config property to match Jekyll's permalink paths
  • Add pretty_urls config variable for .html-less URLs everywhere
  • Match Jekyll 1.0 command-line interface
  • Support timezone config
  • Enable smartypants quote handling thanks to Marked
  • Misc Jekyll compatibility fixes

Version 0.2.1

  • Make files with DOS line endings work
  • Add support for site.url and site.baseurl properties from command-line
  • Support setting post categories via directory structure like Jekyll

Version 0.2.0

  • Change generator and convert plugin APIs to be async
  • Compile and minify LESS.css via bundled plugin

Version 0.1.1

  • Add support for generator plugins.
  • Compile and minify CoffeeScript via bundled plugin

Version 0.1.0

  • First Release


  • Consider configurable permalinks
  • Post index page for year directories
  • Check for permalink collisions due to same slug and different dates



This Project Has a Stupid Name

Richard Enfield is a minor character in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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