Local builds of your Pelican-template website

Note In 2019 Infra created ASF-Pelican as a structure and template for projects to use to build their websites, and for the ASF's own website.

In 2024, Infra moved from ASF-Pelican to the ASF Infrastructure Pelican Action GitHub Action to perform the same functions without being closely tied to BuildBot. The repository for this GHA is github.com/apache/infrastructure-actions/tree/main/pelican.

The material below relates to the 2019 ASF-Pelican and is not relevant to the Pelican GitHub Action.

Once your infrastructure-pelican site is deployed to GitHub, you can easily edit it locally in a clone of the GitHub repo, and test your changes locally (on OSX or Linux) before uploading them to GitHub. Once you upload the changes, the CI/CD system will automatically use them to update the project website (depending on your configuration, the update will go either to a staging area or to the live site).

Note: the tool mentioned below may work on WSL or cygwin, but will not work under native Windows.


Make sure you have installed: - cmake - python3 or greater - pip3

Download the automatic build tool, and run it, providing the name of your GitHub website repo.


./local-pelican-website.sh infrastructure-website

Once the process has completed, you should be able to see the rendered site by opening a web browser to http://localhost:8000/.


After you have done local edits on the source files for the website, you can test them locally by running the script again as above.

When you are satisfied that your edits are correct, merge them into the online repository with a pull request. That will trigger an update to the staging or live locations, depending on how you have configured the .asf.yaml file.

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