Sculpin takes plain old text files (Markdown, Textile, etc.) and combines them with Twig templates to produce a set of static HTML files that can be easily deployed to almost any hosting platform.

Visit sculpin.io for more information.

Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: PHP
License: MIT License
Tags: Static Site Generators     Generator     Static     Site    
Latest version: v3.1.0

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Sculpin - PHP Static Site Generator

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Sculpin takes data sources such as text files (Markdown, Textile, etc.) and transforms them using Twig templates to produce a set of static HTML files that can be deployed to almost any hosting platform.

Visit sculpin.io for more information.


Sculpin documentation can be found at https://sculpin.io/documentation, and documentation for the Twig template language can be found at https://twig.symfony.com

There is also a collection of Sculpin "skeletons" to help you hit the ground running with your next Sculpin website.

Sculpin Skeletons

Skeletons are starting points for a new Sculpin based site. They include the basic structure of a site, such as Twig-based layout files and the supporting templates for generating pagination interfaces and listing your content by custom-defined categories.

In Sculpin, a metadata property such as a category or tag is called a "taxonomy", and the Blog skeletons below also provide taxonomy layouts to help you organize and categorize your content in multiple ways.

While you can always start a site from scratch, using a skeleton is a good way to get a bunch of structure in place with little or no effort.

Unless otherwise noted, the following skeletons are barebones. They have minimal styling and design, and are intended to help you get started with adding all of your own style and flavor.

  • Blog Skeleton A minimal Sculpin based blog, based on an older version of Bootstrap CSS.
  • Tailwind Blog Skeleton A basic Sculpin-based blog, with updated styling and configuration in place based on the Tailwind utility-first CSS framework.
  • Tailwind Landing Page Skeleton Ideal for a Company or Product website, this skeleton focuses on a single product page as an example - no blog in sight. The design is responsive and mobile-friendly, thanks to TailwindCSS.

Skeletons can be combined with the composer create-project command to clone Sculpin and install dependencies at the same time:

# Bootstrap Blog

composer create-project sculpin/blog-skeleton my-blog

# Tailwind Blog

composer create-project beryllium/sculpin-tailwind-blog-skeleton my-blog

# Tailwind Product Landing Page

composer create-project beryllium/sculpin-tailwind-landing-skeleton my-company




Want to get involved? Here are a few ways:

Not Invented Here

There are other fine projects from which Sculpin has been inspired. If you are looking for a stable project with an established community, try something from the following list:

  • Jigsaw — PHP & Laravel-based static site generator
  • Jekyll — Ruby
  • Hugo — Go-based static site generator
  • GatsbyJS — JS-based static site generator and JAMstack orchestration tool

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Sculpin README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.