About CherryBlog

Written by Yves Vindevogel on Wed, 8 April 2020


CherryBlog implements a very simple blogging website.

  • Posts: the main content of the blog
  • Pages: the extra static pages like the 'about'
  • Tags: each post has one or multiple tags
  • Search: word based search in posts and pages
  • Caching: in memory caching of data and content
  • Drafts: drafts are pages that are not published yet, only visible in development
  • URL rerouting: the final URL is not necessarily the path to the file

At this moment, it has the basic news of the project where each article is a post about the new version that was released.


As a developer, I want to share things with the world and run a blog. Finding the right blogging software is difficult if you limit the choices for the final deployment.

  • (Semi-)static website that can be hosted anywhere behind an Apache or Nginx server. Or even in a S3 bucket for that matter.
  • No database to hold the content (see note). Data must come from local files only.
  • Easy to write content in for instance MarkDown.
  • Extensible with themes, features, ...

Note: No database if the site is very small. If there would be a need for a higher performance on features like searching, it can be included.


I started using JBake quite some time ago, but the project does not seem very lively. I ran two sites with it and I was very pleased with it.

Furthermore, I have switched from the Java (-alikes) world to Python. In Python, the only thing I tried was Pelican. Pelican however was not what I needed for another website (my personal site as freelancer) and I found CherryPy as framework. I was able to make my personal site in just a matter of hours (the content and template was already available from JBake). When using CherryPy, I saw a possibility to write something similar like JBake in Python.

For now, I will not create a static website (like JBake and Pelican do), but I will run a website with data coming from Markdown files, YAML files, ... In a later phase, I want to build the site to a fully static website, with a backend for the dynamic data like comments on posts.



The project is written in Python 3 and uses the CherryPy framework as backend. Hence the name of the project: CherryBlog.

Python libraries included:

  • cherrypy
  • jinja2
  • pyyaml
  • markdown


The content of the blog is written in MarkDown. On top of each content file, there's a meta data section containing:

  • author
  • date written
  • image on top of the page
  • summary of the content
  • tags

The whole content is served from local files, so no need for a database like for instance WordPress, Drupal or Joomla.


The settings (or configuration) are done in YAML files. Multiple environments can be used for development and production sites, each with their own settings.


The default theme is based on two themes found on https://startbootstrap.com/templates/

The theme is implemented in Jinja2 templates.

Open source


The project is open sourced under the MIT license and the sources can be found on Github:


At this moment, I (vindevoy) am the only contributor. I started the project just end of March 2020.


The current version is depicted in the version widget. The code is tagged on Github for each released version.


A set of issues have been logged in Github. They are all in backlog for now as this is a non-funded project. The updates are scheduled:

  • new releases: each 2 weeks (will update version to x.Y+1.0)
  • bug fixes: 2 days after the release (will update version x.y.Z+1)

Each "sprint", a number of issues will be moved from the backend to the new release.

The major release number will be bumped when a major new feature is introduced. For instance:

  • Implementation of the the mongodb backend
  • Static site generation
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