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Are there any portable static blog generators that run on Windows 7 x64? I mean ones where you can

  • store all files for a blog and all programs required to update it on a flash drive

  • connect the flash drive to any computer running Win 7 x64

  • update your blog, getting files that you can then FTP to your website

  • Did you try some already? Can you try to give more restrictions? There are soooo many of them (potentially not portable) – Thomas Weller Sep 4 '15 at 21:53
  • Portable is a key restriction! :-) I haven't found what I'm looking for yet. I've seen that list and also this one which tags some of the static site generators as good for blogs; and two efforts (here and here) at making Jekyll portable, requiring Ruby, but the USB stick might need to get put into a computer which hasn't got Ruby, Python, etc. – telp Sep 4 '15 at 22:44
  • PortableJekyll has a Ruby subdirectory, so maybe it does not need to be installed? – Thomas Weller Sep 4 '15 at 22:48
  • Otherwise we have a lot of new requirements: no Ruby, no Python, no .NET and no Java. – Thomas Weller Sep 4 '15 at 22:49
  • I am not sure which of those could be dispensed with and which are indispensable but could be bundled up in the package on the USB stick. I am close to the limit of my present knowledge, but I've done a lot of searching from where it is at the moment and have tried to make the question clear. I'll have a closer look at PortableJekyll. – telp Sep 4 '15 at 22:55
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WinPython is a portable python toolkit that also allows you to add packages to it while keeping it portable. It can run either from a USB key or from a directory on the hard drive but without actual installation, (copying is not quite the same as installation).

Then you have a wide range of python based blog generators, there is a list of some of them here, but personally I would take a look at ABlog.

As a test I downloaded the 64 bit version of winpython 3.4.3.5 and installed it to my hard drive the install took up <1.4 GB without ABlog and installing took seconds and didn't make a noticeable difference to the size as most of the dependencies were already met. N.B. For the most portability I would suggest using the 32 bit version rather than the 64 bit.

ABlog is a Sphinx extension that converts any documentation or personal website project into a full-fledged blog with:

  • Atom feeds
  • Archive pages
  • Blog sidebars
  • Disqus integration
  • Font-Awesome integration
  • Easy GitHub Pages deploys

I did hit a couple of hickups following the tutorial due to non-ascii characters on line 22 of the generated conf.py but since that was a comment deleting it solved the issue.

My First Blog page with ABlog: enter image description here

Of course you will now have a full portable version of python & iPython to play with and a suite of scientific tools, graphing, etc. to play with in them!

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