Code Maven Static Site Generator

This is the static site generator behind the Rust Maven web site and a couple of other sites.


Download code-maven and make it executable

chmod +x code-maven

Setup - Create new site locally


code-maven new --root path-to-new-site

This will create a folder to hold the site. This is the layout of the folder:

$ tree
├── authors
│   └──
├── config.yaml
├── .gitignore
└── pages
  • In the folder it will create a file called config.yaml based on the one in the demo folder of the repository or based on this config.yaml. Explanation about the fields will be included in the skeleton site and can be also seen here.

It will create a folder called pages with a number of pages:

A file called based on this file. The field in the front-matter, at the top are the important bit. See the format below.

The authors folder will hold information about each author. As an example an author called foobar is used for the default pages and a file is created for this author.

Generate the web site

cd path-to-new-site

Run code-maven web. It will generated the site in the _site folder.

  • If something is unclear or does not work as you expected open issues on the project.


Each page is generated from a Markdown file located in the pages folder.


At the top of each file there is some meta-information called the Front-Matter.

After this front-matter feel free to write any Markdown.

Special syntax

There is some Special Syntax - tags you can embed in the Markdown files.

View the site locally

You can open the individual pages in the _site folder using your browser or you can run a mini web server serving static pages.

For the latter download rustatic and run

rustatic --path _site/ --nice --indexfile index.html --port 500

Generate list of recent posts

With links to post from the last 3 days (actually 3*24 hours)

cd source-of-the-site
code-maven recent --days 3


You can add the --debug flag to get detailed logging of what's going on, the flag must come before the command:

code-maven --debug web

GitHub pages

In order to setup a site on GitHub pages crate a file called /.github/workflows/gh-pages.yml (the folder matters, the actual name of the file can be anything as long as the extension is .yml or .yaml.)

The content of the file:


name: Deploy GitHub Pages
    branches: ["main"]

# Sets permissions of the GITHUB_TOKEN to allow deployment to GitHub Pages
  contents: read
  pages: write
  id-token: write

# Allow only one concurrent deployment, skipping runs queued between the run in-progress and latest queued.
# However, do NOT cancel in-progress runs as we want to allow these production deployments to complete.
  group: "pages"
  cancel-in-progress: false

  # Build job
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - name: Checkout site source
        uses: actions/checkout@v3

      - name: Setup Pages
        uses: actions/configure-pages@v3

      - name: Download processor
        run: |
          chmod +x code-maven

      - name: Generate pages
        run: |
          ./code-maven web
          cp images/* _site/images/

      - name: Upload artifact
        uses: actions/upload-pages-artifact@v2

  # Deployment job
      name: github-pages
      url: ${{ steps.deployment.outputs.page_url }}
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    needs: build
      - name: Deploy to GitHub Pages
        id: deployment
        uses: actions/deploy-pages@v2

Questions and Support

If you have encountered a bug, or if you would like to have a new feature, or just would like to ask a question, please open an issue.