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Cactus vs Metalsmith: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cactus as "Static site generator for designers. Uses Python and Django templates". Cactus makes setting up a website look easy. Choose a template for a blog, portfolio or single page and Cactus generates all files and folders to get you on your way. On the other hand, Metalsmith is detailed as "An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator". In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.

Cactus and Metalsmith belong to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Cactus are:

  • Mac App
  • Focus on editing - Under the hood, Cactus runs a small local web server for each website you're working on. This makes it possible to build your website locally, using modern web technologies, and have the results generated to a collection of flat files.
  • Live preview anywhere - Cactus monitors all changes you make to your files and automatically refreshes your browser. Preview your project on mobile devices, and they'll instantly refresh too.

On the other hand, Metalsmith provides the following key features:

  • Read template files from a directory
  • Parse files for template placeholders
  • Prompt user to fill in each placeholder

Cactus and Metalsmith are both open source tools. Metalsmith with 7.27K GitHub stars and 640 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Cactus with 3.29K GitHub stars and 316 GitHub forks.

What is Cactus?

Cactus makes setting up a website look easy. Choose a template for a blog, portfolio or single page and Cactus generates all files and folders to get you on your way.

What is Metalsmith?

In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.
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