I need a CMS static site generator for creating/editing static websites locally on my desktop.

Formal requirements: FLOSS; native installation on GNU/Linux; with GUI; must not require a local server (I don’t want to install a usual server-side CMS on the localhost).

1) Adding a site

The tool should allow to manage several sites.

Ideally, it asks for a local folder (where all files of the site will be saved) and the server login data.

2) Editing the code

I want to write all code (HTML, CSS, JS) myself. No WYSIWYG!

It should support a template engine, which could be really basic. Just let me add placeholders in the HTML template, where each placeholder creates a field in the GUI for adding/editing content. Bonus points for supporting field types (text field, textarea, select list with predefined values, image, etc.).

3) Editing the content

The CMS should show me a list/tree of all added pages (and other created resources, like CSS files, HTML templates, robots.txt, .htaccess, maybe even images like the favicon).

When adding a new page, it would be great if I could choose an HTML template to be used (in case I have created several).

When editing a page, it should only show the fields for the content, not the full HTML of the page.

I don’t want a rich text editor; just let me enter plain text or even HTML or Markdown or something like that.

An internal search function would be great.

4) Uploading the site

I don’t care how exactly the files are uploaded (FTP, SSH/SCP, …), as long as I don’t have to do it manually.

Ideally, it only uploads changed files.

  • I started writing such an application in c# a long time ago and got pretty far with it. Minus the upload and search features this is exactly what I was working on. I'm really surprised something like this just doesn't exist! It would be MUCH easier to write using a language for the web though such as php which could easily run within a VM... I may knock something together Aug 28, 2014 at 15:05
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    Not really matching your various requirements, but probably worth a look: TiddliWiki, a self-contained Wiki/CMS in a single HTML file.
    – Marcel
    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:10
  • A combination of prose.io, Github, and a Jekyll Now fork should be all you need to multiple sites up and running without hitting the command line. Jul 26, 2015 at 1:27
  • Is this very different from softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/3020/… ?
    – Nemo
    Oct 5, 2015 at 20:31
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    @Nemo: Both have several overlapping feature requirements, but here I’m looking for a tool that runs locally on my desktop (so for a single user only), while in the linked question I’m looking for a self-hosted tool (for multiple users), so a possible solution would only apply to one question.
    – unor
    Oct 5, 2015 at 21:14

4 Answers 4


I just found Publii:

... the app works locally you don't have to worry about security updates or manage databases.

... The goal of Publii is simplicity; no matter your skill level you'll find an intuitive user interface that, unlike static HTML generators, is easy-to-use.

The project is open-source, available at: https://github.com/GetPublii/Publii

  • nice one, but currently it's not i18n ready, both for user interface and content data. Developers say it's kinda huge task which would require a lot of work. They'll do but it's not a priority atm.
    – Paolo
    Dec 18, 2018 at 15:40
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    @Paolo, well, looks like GUI + static generation is a challenge on its own,.. I just shared, what I found, to help others also while doing their research
    – user13297
    Jan 7, 2019 at 20:12

Jekyll is a static site generator.

It doesn't have a GUI, but allows you to create templates and content and allows markdown with a whole slew of customisation which a gui would find difficult to work around. You could easily use your favourite generic ide/text-editor for making the texts. Markdown is supported in a lot of editors.

The template language is Liquid (a ruby-based template language)


You might consider looking into DocPad as a static site generator. It can be used with whatever markup tools you use (HTML, Jade, Haml, CSS, Sass, Less, etc.) and has a highly configurable build system.

As for the GUI you describe, it sounds like you might be looking for an IDE. One option in this department is Eclipse for PHP Developers (even if you won't be using the PHP tooling components). With a library of extensions, it can do all that you're looking for.


Back in the days, I tried NVU. This is stale now, but it links to Kompozer.

The features seem to be matching your requirements on several points, though maybe not on the content edition (but if you want to restrict the data that can be edited, maybe you would be better off with a CMS where you control who edits the content and who edits the rest of the code).

It is available on Windows and Linux.

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