Pelican static site on Netlify

Posted on Tue 14 May 2019 in python

Setup the project

$ mkdir pelican-netlify-cms && cd $_

# create and activate a virtual environment for your project, for example:
$ python -m venv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate

Create a requirements.txt file. This is important as Netlify will look for this file to determine dependencies. In the file:


Install the requirements and run the pelican-quickstart command, following the prompts:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ pelican-quickstart

Now assuming you have created an empty repo on Github, we will add this project to that repo.

$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'initial commit'
$ git remote add origin Your_Own_Git_Repository_URL

Now that the git repo is connected create the first post

For example, content/

Title: My First Post 
Date: 2019-04-20 05:30 
Category: example 

Post content 

Push the post to Github

$ git add .
$ git push

On Netlify

Connect to Github



Choose the repositories that Netlify will have access to.


Now choose the repository to publish.


Add the build command and output folder.

Build command

pelican content -s

Publish directory



Now click Deploy site!