Acrylamid’s configuration is read from inside your current working dir. If a given value is not set it will be derived from acrylamid.defaults.

A basic configuration looks like this (This file is directly executed as python script and therefore must be valid python code!):

SITENAME = 'A descriptive blog title'

AUTHOR = 'Anonymous'
EMAIL = ''

FILTERS = ['markdown+codehilite(css_class=highlight)', 'hyphenate', 'h1']
    '/': {'filters': 'summarize', 'view': 'index',
          'pagination': '/page/:num'},

    '/:year/:slug/': {'views': ['entry', 'draft']},

    '/tag/:name/': {'filters': 'summarize', 'view':'tag',
                    'pagination': '/tag/:name/:num'},

    '/atom/': {'filters': ['h2', 'nohyphenate'], 'view': 'atom'},
    '/rss/': {'filters': ['h2', 'nohyphenate'], 'view': 'rss'},

    '/articles/': {'view': 'articles'},

ENGINE =  'acrylamid.templates.jinja2.Environment'
PERMALINK_FORMAT = '/:year/:slug/index.html'
DATE_FORMAT = '%d.%m.%Y, %H:%M'

Each key-value pair (except views [1]) is available during Templating.

See the respective documentation for your templating engine for more details on how to use the templating languages: jinja2 Template Designer Documentation, Mako Documentation.

All the settings identifiers must be set in caps, otherwise they will not be processed. This file is processed within a namespace that contains default values for almost every parameter. This allows something like OUTPUT_IGNORE += ['foo'] and makes it more DRY (except VIEWS).

[1]views is a dictionary mapping of view name to view instance and is not available in conf but env, so you can test for a given view with if 'entry' in env.views.

Here is a list of settings for acrylamid, regarding the different features.

Basic settings

Variable name (default value) Description
SITENAME ('A descriptive blog title') The name of your blog. It’s displayed in the <title>-block.
AUTHOR ('Anonymous') First author of this blog, can be overwritten in the entry YAML-header.
EMAIL ('') Your email address – used in Atom/RSS feeds and as contact ability at the bottom in the default layout.
ENCODING ('utf-8') Default encoding of your text files, only global.
FILTERS (["markdown+codehilite(css_class=highlight)", "hyphenate"]) Global list of filters.
VIEWS (see example Dictionary of views set in
WWW_ROOT ('http://localhost:8000/') Your actual website link where you host this blog to build absolute urls (required for Disqus and feeds). You can also set a sub URI like
OUTPUT_DIR (output/) Directory where the output goes to.
CONTENT_DIR (content/) Directory where you posts are located. No assets will be copied from this directory!
CONTENT_EXTENSION (.txt) Filename extension used for creating new entries.
CONTENT_IGNORE (['.git*', '.hg*', '.svn']) A list of filename/directory-patterns [2] which Acrylamid should ignore.
THEME (layouts/) Directory where you place your jinja2 templates.
THEME_IGNORE (['.git*', '.hg*', '.svn']) Same as CONTENT_IGNORE but for THEME.
STATIC (not set) A directory or list of directories which contain objects Acrylamid should copy to destination dir.
STATIC_IGNORE (['.git*', '.hg*', '.svn']) Same as CONTENT_IGNORE but for STATIC.
STATIC_FILTER (['HTML', 'XML']) See Assets for details.
FILTERS_DIR (not set) If you want add your own filters, create a directory, put your filters into and add this directory to conf.
VIEWS_DIR (not set) Like above but for custom views.

The syntax for ignore patterns is very similar to git-ignore: a path with a leading slash means absolute position (to /path/to/output/), path with trailing slash marks a directory and everything else is just relative fnmatch.

  • ".hidden" matches every file named .hidden, "/.hidden" matches a file in the base directory named the same.
  • ".git/*" excludes HEAD, config and description but not the directories hooks/ and info/.
  • ".git/" ignores a .git folder anywhere in the output directory, "/.git/" only output/.git.

Templating Engine

Variable name (default value) Description
ENGINE ('acrylamid.templates.jinja2.Environment') The full (importable) name of the Environment class (see acrylamid.templates.AbstractEnvironment) for your templating engine (currently, acrylamid supports jinja2 and Mako).

URL Settings

When it comes to URLs, Acrylamid follows two simple rules: always add a index.html to an URL with a trailing slash. Second: substitution variables begin with a double dash and and the attribute name:

  • /2012/hello-world/ gets a index.html as filename for nice URLs
  • /atom/index.html gets not touched anywhere and uses index.html as filename.
  • /page/:num/ gets expanded to /page/2/index.html for num = 2, see Views for details.
  • /:slug.html becomes /hello-world.html for a given slug.

Use Views and Templating as reference guide for all possible variable name substitutions in a current view.

Variable name (default value) Description
ENTRY_PERMALINK (not set) A substitution string where all entries were saved to. By default you don’t need to set this parameter because it takes the route where the view is entry. If your url routes for the entry view are ambiguous, you might need to set this parameter.
PAGE_PERMALINK (not set) Same for ENTRY_PERMALINK but for static pages.

Date format and locale

A few filters and views (namely hyphenation and syndication feeds) depend on a valid locale and language. By default we use the system’s locale but in some cases you would rather use a different. Thus, you can set LANG to your favourite language (if available) and it will be also used as default language for hyphenation.

Variable name (default value) Description
LANG ('' [3]) Default language [4] to use – is important for hyphenation patterns. Is available as two-character locale in templating.
DATE_FORMAT ('%d.%m.%Y, %H:%M') This python date-format string is used in layout/entry.html to render the date nicely. See Python’s strftime directives for detailed explanation of these variables.
strptime ('%d.%m.%Y, %H:%M') Format to parse the date: value using time.strptime(). The default matches 23.12.2012, 09:00, see python’s reference strftime
[3]default is the system locale.
[4]see ISO_639, if not set or the given locale is not available, the system’s will be used. If you don’t like this behaviour, use 'C' instead which results in an english locale. On linux and you may not have generated all locales, try en-us instead of en or use the exact locale like “en_US.UTF-8”.


Variable name (default value) Description
METASTYLE (not set) With native you can Acrylamid parse Markdown’s or or reST’s native meta data section if the filename ends with .rst or .md and .mkdown respectively. It will also recognize Pandoc’s title block on any filename extension.
DISQUS_SHORTNAME (not set) Enables Disqus integration with your site identifier [5].
DEFAULT_ORPHANS (0) The minimum number of articles allowed on the last page. Use this when you don’t want to have a last page with very few articles.
[5]Note, disqus only knows a given URL. If you change the title of an entry and you don’t setup recirect codes or leave the original url by setting permalink: /2011/a-title/, you’ll lose your disqus comments for this thread.

Tag cloud

If you want to generate a tag cloud with all your tags, you can do so using the following settings.

Variable name (default value) Description
TAG_CLOUD_STEPS (4) Count of different font sizes in the tag cloud.
TAG_CLOUD_MAX_ITEMS (100) Maximum number of tags in the cloud.
TAG_CLOUD_START_INDEX (0) Start index of font sizes in the tag cloud.
TAG_CLOUD_SHUFFLE (False) Shuffle tag list.

The default theme does not support tag clouds, but it is fairly easy to add:

{% for tag in env.tag_cloud %}
    <li class="tag-{{ tag.step }}"><a href="/tag/{{ | safeslug }}/">{{ }}</a></li>
{% endfor %}

You should then also define a CSS style with the appropriate classes (tag-0 to tag-N, where N matches TAG_CLOUD_STEPS -1).

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