hyde in a nutshell

Hyde is a static website generator written in python. While Hyde took life as awesome Jekyll's evil twin, it has since been completely consumed by the dark side and has an identity of its own.

Hyde desires to fulfill the lofty goal of removing the pain points involved in creating and maintaining static websites.


  • Support for powerful template languages like Jinja2 complemented with custom tags and filters.
  • Rich object model and overridable hierarchical metadata thats available for use in templates.
  • Configurable sorting, tagging and grouping support.
  • Extensible plugin architecture with text preprocessing and HTML postprocessing support for complex content transformations.
  • Instant preview using built-in webserver that regenerates content if needed.


Hyde is available on pypi.

Installing hyde is as simple as running the following command:

pip install hyde


You can find more detailed documentation in the installation section.


After installation is successful, creating & generating your website is extremely simple.

To create a new hyde website:

hyde -s /path/to/your/site create


To generate the website:

cd /path/to/your/site
hyde gen


The hyde web server is a simple bare-bones webserver based on the python Simple HTTP Request Handler.

The following command starts the built in webserver:

hyde serve


You can access your website now at http://localhost:8080.

The webserver regenerates the necessary files to serve your request. So, you can make your changes and simply refresh your browser to view them.

For all the supported options, read the command line documentation or run hyde -h.

Your first hyde website

Hyde uses the basic layout to generate your website by default. When you view your generated website, you will see the following dummy pages:

The home page List of blog posts A blog post List of blogs posts with a specific tag
Hyde Basic Template - Screenshots

You can now continue to edit the content, layout and styles to customize it to your needs. Please see the templating guide to get more information.


Hyde is socially coded. Feel free to fork.