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Metalsmith vs Nanoc: What are the differences?

Developers describe Metalsmith 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. On the other hand, Nanoc is detailed as "A flexible static-site generator written in Ruby". Nanoc is a static-site generator, fit for building anything from a small personal blog to a large corporate website.

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

Some of the features offered by Metalsmith are:

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

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

  • Support for free-form metadata
  • Support for various markup languages (Markdown, AsciiDoc, Textile, …)
  • Support for various templating languages (eRuby, Haml, Mustache, …)

Metalsmith and Nanoc are both open source tools. Metalsmith with 7.29K GitHub stars and 645 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Nanoc with 1.75K GitHub stars and 236 GitHub forks.

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.

What is Nanoc?

It is a static-site generator, fit for building anything from a small personal blog to a large corporate website.
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