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    Bi Sheng

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    Bi Sheng was the Chinese inventor of the first known movable type technology.

    bisheng is designed to transform Markdown(and other static files with transformers) into static websites and blogs using React.

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    bisheng is based on dora & webpack & React & react-router, and it has the following features:

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    npm install --save-dev bisheng

    Then, add start to npm scripts:

      "scripts": {
        "start": "bisheng start"

    Create bisheng.config.js, otherwise bisheng will use the default config:

    module.exports = {
      source: './posts',
      output: './_site',
      theme: './_theme',
      port: 8000,

    Note: please make sure that source and theme exists, and theme should not be an empty directory. Just use bisheng-theme-one, if you don't know how to develop a theme. See a simple demo here.

    Now, just run npm start.



    We can install bisheng as a cli command and explore what it can do by bisheng -h. However, the recommended way to use bisheng is to install it as devDependencies.

    $ npm install -g bisheng
    $ bisheng -h
      Usage: bisheng [command] [options]
        start [options]     to start a server
        build [options]     to build and write static files to `config.output`
        gh-pages [options]  to deploy website to gh-pages
        help [cmd]          display help for [cmd]
        -h, --help     output usage information
        -V, --version  output the version number


    bisheng will read bisheng.config.js as its config file, but we can set the config file name by --config, something like this bisheng --config another.config.js.

    The content of bisheng.config.js looks like this:

    module.exports = {
      port: 8000,
      source: './posts',
      output: './_site',
      theme: './_theme',
      htmlTemplate: path.join(__dirname, '../template.html'),
      devServerConfig: {},
      webpackConfig(config) {
        return config;
      hash: false,
      entryName: 'index',
      root: '/',

    port: Number

    default: 8000

    To set the port which will be listened when we start a local server.

    source: String | Array[String] | Object{ [category]: String | Array[String]}

    default: './posts'

    To set directory/directories where we place Markdown files.

    And all the Markdown files in source will be parsed and then structured as a tree data, for example:

    └── dir1
      ├── a.md
      └── b.md

    Will output a Markdown data tree:

      dir1: {
        a: {...},
        b: {...},

    And each Markdown file will be parsed as a Markdown data. Actually, a Markdown data is the returned value of mark-twain, and it could be preprocessed by plugins.

    exclude: RegExp

    default: null

    If you want to exclude some files in your source, just use exclude. Then bisheng will not parse files which match exclude.

    output: String

    default: './_site'

    To set directory where bisheng will generate (HTML & CSS & JavaScript) files to.

    theme: String

    default: './_theme'

    To set directory where we put the theme of website, and it also can be a npm package name.

    More about theme.

    themeConfig: any


    A set of configuration that your theme provides, and then your theme can read it from props.themeConfig.

    Note: themeConfig will be JSON.stringify before it's passed to props, so you cannot pass function/RegExp through themeConfig.

    htmlTemplate: String

    default: bisheng/lib/template.html

    The HTML template which will be use to generate HTML files which will be sent to users.

    Note: template will be parsed by nunjucks, and you can use the following variables in this template:

    htmlTemplateExtraData: Object

    default: {}

    The Extra Data which will be used to render htmlTemplate.

    devServerConfig: Object

    default: {}

    You can consult webpack-dev-server's documentation.

    postcssConfig: Object

    default: {
        plugins: [
            browsers: ['last 2 versions', 'Firefox ESR', '> 1%', 'ie >= 8', 'iOS >= 8', 'Android >= 4'],

    You can consult webpack postcss-loader's documentation.

    webpackConfig: (config) => config

    default: (config) => config

    To modify the webpack config, you can extend the config like this.

    transformers: Object[]

    [{ test: /.md$/, use: MarkdownTransformer }]

    A list of transformers that will be used to transform static files.

    entryName: String

    default: 'index'

    The name of files which will be generated by webpack, such as [entryName].js & [entryName].css.

    root: String

    default: '/'

    If the website will be deployed under a sub-directory of a domain (something like http://benjycui.github.io/bisheng-theme-one/), we must set it (such as /bisheng-theme-one/).






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