Pelican is a static site generator, written in Python.

  • Write your weblog entries directly with your editor of choice (vim!) in reStructuredText, Markdown, or AsciiDoc
  • Includes a simple CLI tool to (re)generate the weblog
  • Easy to interface with DVCSes and web hooks
  • Completely static output is easy to host anywhere


Pelican currently supports:

  • Blog articles and pages
  • Comments, via an external service (Disqus). (Please note that while useful, Disqus is an external service, and thus the comment data will be somewhat outside of your control and potentially subject to data loss.)
  • Theming support (themes are created using Jinja2 templates)
  • PDF generation of the articles/pages (optional)
  • Publication of articles in multiple languages
  • Atom/RSS feeds
  • Code syntax highlighting
  • Asset management with webassets (optional)
  • Import from WordPress, Dotclear, or RSS feeds
  • Integration with external tools: Twitter, Google Analytics, etc. (optional)

Why the name “Pelican”?

“Pelican” is an anagram for calepin, which means “notebook” in French. ;)

Source code

You can access the source code at:

Feedback / Contact us

If you want to see new features in Pelican, don’t hesitate to offer suggestions, clone the repository, etc. There are many ways to contribute. That’s open source, dude!

Send a message to “authors at getpelican dot com” with any requests/feedback! You can also join the team at #pelican on Freenode (or if you don’t have an IRC client handy, use the webchat for quick feedback.


A French version of the documentation is available at Pelican.

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