Zine static site generator

Zine is a collection of tools (eg markdown to html renderer, templating engine, etc) orchestrated via the Zig Build system.

Zine also features its own templating language called Super (which currently lives in the same repository but that will eventually become a standalone project).

It’s still super alpha but it’s complete enough to build my personal blog which was ported to Zine from Hugo a while ago.

I develop it on stream quite often so if you catch me live you can watch me fix the bugs and crashes that you will inevitably find :^)

Official website: https://zine-ssg.io

Today I’ve added initial hot reloading support on Linux and macOS.

The sample website has been updated to depend on this new version of Zine.

To try it yourself just run zig build serve -Dport=8080 from the sample website directory and start making changes.

Also filed a couple contributor-friendly issues:

Hot reloading in action:


Zine has an official website now!



If anybody here is crazy enough to try and build a static site with it, please do post in this thread if you need help, I’ll be happy to assist you.

Please do be aware that Zine is still super alpha so it will only be able to build relatively simple sites.

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added a changelog to the website to make it easier for people to update zine as it gets improved Changelog - Zine

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I finally got some time to look into this, but now the zig master (2701) from last night gives me errors running zig build serve -Dport=8080 in lib/std/std.zig. I also tried an older version that I had (2076 from Jan 9th), but then datetime, frontmatter and super are missing urls in build.zig.zon

I tried to find a build from last week by browsing to the parent directory of the master download ( https://ziglang.org/builds/ ) but that gives 403/Forbidden. So I can’t bisect to a version of zig between the two that I could try and find one that works.

For good measure I also tried to check out under Linux (Ubuntu 20.04, the above was done on my Macbook M1) with the same error result:

~/src/zine-sample-site$ zig build
└─ install generated to index.html
   └─ run super_exe (index)
      └─ zig build-exe super_exe ReleaseFast native 1 errors
/opt/zig/zig-linux-x86_64-0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197/lib/std/std.zig:201:69: error: expected type 'std.Options', found 'type'
pub const options: Options = if (@hasDecl(root, "std_options")) root.std_options else .{};
/opt/zig/zig-linux-x86_64-0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197/lib/std/std.zig:203:21: note: struct declared here
pub const Options = struct {
referenced by:
    enable_segfault_handler: /opt/zig/zig-linux-x86_64-0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197/lib/std/debug.zig:2517:36
    maybeEnableSegfaultHandler: /opt/zig/zig-linux-x86_64-0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197/lib/std/debug.zig:2521:9
    remaining reference traces hidden; use '-freference-trace' to see all reference traces
error: the following command failed with 1 compilation errors:
/opt/zig/zig-linux-x86_64-0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197/zig build-exe /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache/o/967d2a149266326b019ed56a8e2366d7/libtree-sitter.a -OReleaseFast -I /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache/i/9fbdf9c3c8e444b5b87a15db0528ebf9/include --dep options --dep super --dep scripty --dep datetime -Mroot=/home/avanderneut/.cache/zig/p/1220e6580fdbd0a56a97300bab938f61fe3b5b35fc7755a150db267422cf554ab299/zine/src/super.zig -Moptions=/home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache/c/a9623a3dc336cd23ffaa892bb69dbc52/options.zig /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache/o/967d2a149266326b019ed56a8e2366d7/libtree-sitter.a -I /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache/i/9fbdf9c3c8e444b5b87a15db0528ebf9/include --dep frontmatter --dep scripty -Msuper=/home/avanderneut/.cache/zig/p/1220e6580fdbd0a56a97300bab938f61fe3b5b35fc7755a150db267422cf554ab299/super/src/main.zig -Mscripty=/home/avanderneut/.cache/zig/p/1220e6580fdbd0a56a97300bab938f61fe3b5b35fc7755a150db267422cf554ab299/scripty/src/main.zig -Mdatetime=/home/avanderneut/.cache/zig/p/1220e6580fdbd0a56a97300bab938f61fe3b5b35fc7755a150db267422cf554ab299/datetime/src/main.zig -Mfrontmatter=/home/avanderneut/.cache/zig/p/1220e6580fdbd0a56a97300bab938f61fe3b5b35fc7755a150db267422cf554ab299/frontmatter/frontmatter.zig -lc++ -lc --cache-dir /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache --global-cache-dir /home/avanderneut/.cache/zig --name super_exe --listen=- 
Build Summary: 24/34 steps succeeded; 1 failed (disable with --summary none)
install transitive failure
├─ install generated to index.html transitive failure
│  └─ run super_exe (index) transitive failure
│     └─ zig build-exe super_exe ReleaseFast native 1 errors
├─ install generated to about/index.html transitive failure
│  └─ run super_exe (about) transitive failure
│     └─ zig build-exe super_exe ReleaseFast native (+5 more reused dependencies)
├─ install generated to foo/index.html transitive failure
│  └─ run super_exe (index) transitive failure
│     └─ zig build-exe super_exe ReleaseFast native (+5 more reused dependencies)
└─ install generated to bar/index.html transitive failure
   └─ run super_exe (index) transitive failure
      └─ zig build-exe super_exe ReleaseFast native (+5 more reused dependencies)
error: the following build command failed with exit code 1:
/home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache/o/29737ff94888fdb0b4c17022a43d76fd/build /opt/zig/zig-linux-x86_64-0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197/zig /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site /home/avanderneut/src/zine-sample-site/zig-cache /home/avanderneut/.cache/zig --seed 0x5945dd4c -Z09c0948d34468bd6

Sorry you had this experience, unfortunately you tried to build Zig at the exact moment in which Zig made a breaking change. I’ve updated Zine to latest Zig so you should now be able to run it with a new-enough build of Zig.

See the changelog for more info: Changelog - Zine

I will probably stick to 0.12.0 once it gets released or at the very least I will use MachEngine’s Nominated Zig versions in order to minimize this kind of thing happening.

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Absolutely no problem, you had me duly warned. And I expected something like this, which is why I tried to find older daily builds to try (not wanting to check out an older verseion and build from source, that was going a bit to far for me just to try this out).

However I was still running into the same error on std.Options I checked my zig version (0.12.0-dev.2701+d18f52197) and removed zig-cache and zig-out from the directory where I cloned the zine-sample-site (umodified), as well as cleaned out ~/.cache/zig (where I found a zine directory from earlier today).

I was about to give up until, looking at the changelog, I asked myself why there is a copy button, and realised the build.zig.zon in the sample site needed updating with the information copied with that button. Now it all works!

Maybe it is a good thing to mention why there is a copy button at the top of the changelog page, or did I miss something?

Lovely project, I’m looking forward to following this as it grows!
I also had a similar issue as @Anthon (plus for some reason zig-cache needing sudo permissions to alter), thanks for pointing me in the right direction to fix it! Zig newcomer here :sweat_smile:


Thank you! Hopefully now the storm has passed, a recent build of Zig should not have any conflict with Zine.

Some updates:

  • I’ve rewritten the documentation about templates, hopefully making it easier for people to get started.
  • ninja_tron has PRd a guide to deploy on Coudflare Pages
  • I’ve deleted kristoff-it/zine-sample-site in favor of recommending to people to clone and play with the repo of the official website instead, since it’s a much more interesting website that we will naturally maintain and improve over time.

This is the zine-ssg.io repo for those who are interested:

$ git clone https://github.com/kristoff-it/zine-ssg.io.git
$ cd zine-ssg.io
$ zig build serve -Dport=8080

I think the link to the sample project is now the zine site itself?

Yes, see the 3rd bullet item in kristoff’s post 10 days ago.

I was meaning to suggest to @kristoff to edit the opening post to change the 2nd bullet point to the new site, because the old sample site is now a 404.

I’ve updated the post thank you.

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