A super simple static site generator
⚠️ Disclaimer: This is a tool I built in a couple of hours to generate my personal blog yakkomajuri.github.io. It doesn’t do much right now and probably won’t ever.
npm i -g teeny-cli # yarn global add teeny-cli teeny init && teeny develop
For an example of a project using Teeny, check out my personal blog’s repo.
You can read about my motivation for building Teeny on this blog post titled “Why I built my own static site generator”.
Initialize a Teeny project in the current directory
Build the static HTML files and add them to
Start a local Teeny server that listens for file changes
Teeny is a super simple static site generator built to suit my needs and my needs only.
All it does is generate pages based on HTML templates and Markdown content.
It does very little and is strongly opinionated (read: I was too lazy to build customization/conditional handlers), but has allowed me to build a blog I’m happy with extremely quickly.
Essentially, there are really only 2 concepts you need to think about: templates and pages.
Templates are plain HTML and should be added to a
They can contain an element with the id
page-content, which is where Teeny adds the HTML generated by parsing the Markdown content.
Markdown is a first-class citizen in Teeny, so all of your website’s pages are defined by a Markdown file.
The file need not have any actual content though, so if you want a page to be defined purely in HTML you just need to create a template that is referenced from a page file.
To specify what template a page should use, you can specify it in the frontmatter of the page, like so:
--- template: blog ---
In the above example, Teeny will look for a template called
blog.html. If no template is specified, Teeny looks for a
default.html file in
templates/ and uses that.
Here’s an example of Teeny at work.
To start a Teeny project, run
teeny init. This will create the following in your current directory:
. ├── pages │ └── index.md ├── static │ └── main.js └── templates ├── default.html └── homepage.html
If you then run
teeny build, you’ll end up with this:
. ├── pages │ └── index.md ├── public │ ├── index.html │ └── main.js ├── static │ └── main.js └── templates ├── default.html └── homepage.html
index.md uses the
homepage template, and together they generate
index.html. As is standard with other SSGs, static files are served from
You’ll also notice
main.js got moved to
public/ too. Teeny will actually take all non-template and non-page files from
static/ and copy them to
public/, following the same structure from the origin directory.
The reason for this is that I actually didn’t want to have “magic” imports, where you have to import static assets from paths that do not correspond to the actual directory structure. As a result, I decided that static files would just live inside
pages/ as necessary.
Later I did surrender to the
static/ directory approach though, as there may be assets both pages and templates want to use. Imports from
static/ are “magic”, meaning you need to think about the output of
teeny build for them to work.
The last command that Teeny supports is
teeny develop. This creates an HTTP server to server files from the
It listens for changes to the files and updates the static files on the fly (naively, by just rebuilding everything each time it detects a change).
I want to keep Teeny as tiny as possible. I deliberately put all the code in one file as a reminder to myself that this is supposed to just be a simple tool for me to build simple static blogs quickly.
However, it could use a few “developer experience” upgrades, like an optimized approach to
teeny develop instead of naively rebuilding everything, as well as some better customization options.