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Original author(s)Denis Defreyne
Stable release
4.12.5 / January 22, 2022 (2022-01-22)
Written inRuby

Nanoc is a Ruby-based website compiler that generates static HTML.[1] It supports compiling from various markup languages, including Markdown, Textile, and Haml.[2] It can generate and lay out pages with a consistent look and feel. Nanoc is not a content management system, however it acts somewhat like one.[3]

Advantages of Nanoc[edit]

In comparison to other static site generators, Nanoc has a modular architecture.

Differences from traditional content management systems[edit]

Although Nanoc sometimes acts as a content management system (CMS), there are many differences.

  • Traditional CMSs must assemble the webpage every time a user requests it. Static HTML pages are pre-assembled and as such do not have to be re-assembled.
  • CMSs run using a server-side language, which exposes the CMS to all the vulnerabilities of the language. Since Nanoc compiles websites to static HTML, the only vulnerabilities are that of the web server itself.
  • The content managed by a CMS can usually be changed at any time through a web interface. Since Nanoc must recompile the website at every change, it is more difficult to modify a website.


  1. ^ Michlmayr, Martin (2013-03-06). "Static site generators for building web sites". Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  2. ^ Vervloesem, Koen (2012-11-10). "Create a powerful static website with nanoc". Linux User & Developer. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  3. ^ "About Nanoc". Retrieved 2013-04-25.

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