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Anvil: Static Site Generator

Anvil is an opinionated static site generator written in Dart lang. It is provided as a single binary and can be used even without Dart installed.

Features as of now:

  • Markdown support.
  • YAML configuration and front-matter.
  • Jinja templates. Also usable in Markdown files.
  • Live-reload during development.
  • Compiled into single native binary.
  • JSON data content and non-public Data pages.
  • Pre-defined content types for quick creation.
  • SCSS styles
  • Generated JSON search index.
  • sitemap.xml generation.
  • Inline & body shortcodes.

Remember that this project is WIP. Everything can change at any time.


Use anvil init to setup a new project in the current directory. anvil init <name> will setup the project inside the <name> directory.

Use anvil build to generate the site from your files. By default, generated files will be outputted into the public folder.

Use anvil serve to start a webserver to see your site instantly. The site will be rebuilt every time you change files in your project and the browser tab will be reloaded automatically.

Use anvil new to create new content based on types defined in types folder.

And as usual, anvil or anvil help will show usage help.


content directory contains all Markdown files which will be transformed into HTML files.

styles directory contains SCSS files which will be transformed into CSS.

static directory files will be copied into the public folder without change.

public contains generated files.

templates should contain templates which will be used to process Markdown files inside content.

data contains YAML/JSON files which you can use inside templates.

types is used by the new command to quickly create content.

anvil.yaml configures build options for your site.