Eleventy Documentation

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Eleventy is a simpler static site generator. #

Eleventy was created to be a JavaScript alternative to Jekyll. It’s zero-config by default but has flexible configuration options. Eleventy works with your project’s existing directory structure.

Eleventy uses independent template engines. We don’t want to hold your content hostage. If you decide to use something else later, having your content decoupled in this way will make migration easier.

Eleventy works with multiple template languages. You can pick one or use them all together in a single project:

Eleventy is not a JavaScript framework—that means zero boilerplate client-side JavaScript. We’re thinking long term and opting out of the framework rat race. The tool chain, code conventions, and modules you use in your front end stack are decoupled from this tool. Work from a solid foundation of pre-rendered templates that suit your project’s progressive enhancement baseline requirements.

Eleventy is incremental. You don’t need to start an Eleventy project from scratch. Eleventy is flexible enough to allow conversion of only a few templates at a time. Migrate as fast or as slow as you’d like.

Eleventy works great with data—use both front matter and external data files to inject content into templates.

Read more about Eleventy’s project goals.

➡ Keep going! Read Getting Started.

Happy Developers #

“Seriously can't remember enjoying using a Static Site Generator this much. Yes Hugo is rapid, but this is all so logical. It feels like it was designed by someone who has been through lots of pain and success using other SSGs.”—@philhawksworthPhil Hawksworth

“Don’t tell Zach I said it but Eleventy is seeming fresh as hell so far”—@wiltoMat Marquis

“Jekyll is dead to me”—@hankchizljawAndy Bell

“Just go through moving a project to Eleventy. Never used nunjucks or a static site generator before, but it was so easy. This will make my life so much easier.”—@micahmillsMicah Mills

“After a day or so tweaking my existing build, here is a preview of the site running on Eleventy. I'm sold! The main thing to me was the ability to run custom JavaScript logic to sort, filter, and augment data in collections.”—@eduardoboucasEduardo Bouças

“Every time I make something with Eleventy it makes me smile. I think that might be to do with its focus on simplicity.”—@philhawksworthPhil Hawksworth (again)

“I really like the flexibity Eleventy offers in comparision to my previous Jekyll build.”—@hybrid_alexAlex Carpenter

“I've been digging into Eleventy, a new static site generator. Really like the way it handles pagination!”—@jameswillwebJames Williamson

“I tried Eleventy last night on a personal project and today we implemented it on a (non-public facing) client project. It's really good.”—@codypetersonCody Peterson

“Just gave Eleventy a first run/try and I must say it's pretty dang awesome. Especially for someone like me, who is most familiar with HTML and CSS and some JS. ❤️”—@nice2meatuMarco Hengstenberg

“It's clean, elegant, easy to use, and does just enough to be useful without getting in the way. Excellent work 😊”—@TJacobDesignTimothy Miller

“Holy cow! Eleventy is so crazy simple to work with.”—@splitinfinitiesWill Riley

Sites Using Eleventy #

Competitors #

This project aims to directly compete with all other Static Site Generators. We encourage you to try out our competition: