Pelican Plugins

Jinja Filters 1.0.0 for Pelican Released

Jinja Filters is a plugin for Pelican, a static site generator written in Python.

Jinja Filters provides a selection of functions (called filters) for templates to use when building your website. They are packaged for Pelican, but may prove useful for other projects that make use of Jinja2.


The easiest way to install Jinja Filters is through the use of pip. This will also install the required dependencies automatically.

pip install minchin.pelican.jinja_filters

Then, in your file, add Jinja Filters to your list of plugins:

    # ...
    # ...

And that’s it! The filters are now available for use in your templates.


At present, the plugin includes the following filters:

  • datetime — allows you to change to format displayed for a datetime object. Optionally supply a datetime format string to get a custom format.
  • article_date — a specialized version of datetime that returns datetimes as wanted for article dates; specifically Friday, November 4, 2016.
  • breaking_spaces — replaceds non-breaking spaces (HTML code &nbsp) with normal spaces.
  • titlecase — Titlecases the supplied string

For example, within your theme templates, you might have code like:

<span class="published">
    Article Published {{ | article_date }}


Article Published Friday, November 4, 2016

Or with your own dateformat:

<span class="published">
    Article Published {{ | datetime('%b %d, %Y') }}


Article Published Nov 04, 2016

Filters can also be chained, or applied in sequence. For example to remove breaking spaces and then titlecase a category name, you might have code like:

<a href="{{ SITEURL }}/{{ article.category.url }}">
    {{ article.category | breaking_spaces | titlecase}}

Known Issues

An issue, as such, is that there is no formal test suite. Testing is currently limited to my in-use observations. I also run a basic check upon uploaded the package to PyPI that it can be downloaded and loaded into Python.

The package is tested in Python 3.5; compatibility with other version of Python is unknown.


The code for this project is available on GitHub. Contributions are welcome!

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