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Cactus vs Middleman: 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, Middleman is detailed as "A static site generator using all the shortcuts and tools in modern web development". Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.

Cactus and Middleman 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, Middleman provides the following key features:

  • Sass for DRY stylesheets
  • CoffeeScript for safer and less verbose javascript
  • Multiple asset management solutions, including Sprockets

Cactus and Middleman are both open source tools. Middleman with 6.49K GitHub stars and 696 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 Middleman?

Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.
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