Cleaver is a PHP static site generator that helps you rapidly develop websites using Laravel's Blade templating engine, JSON or Markdown content files and the utility-first Tailwind CSS library.

Monthly Downloads: 11
Programming language: PHP
License: MIT License
Tags: Markdown     Site     Laravel     JSON     Static Site Generators     generator     static     Blade    
Latest version: v1.5.0

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:fire: A blazing-fast static site generator that uses Laravel's Blade templating engine and leverages JSON or Markdown files for super-extensible content.

composer create-project aschmelyun/cleaver your-site-name


  • PHP 7.2.5 or higher
  • Fairly recent versions of node + npm


After creating your project with Composer, cd inside your project's root directory and install node dependencies:

npm install

From there you can build the site using the included demo content, which outputs to a dist/ folder in your project root:

npm run dev

Modifying your assets

Cleaver uses SCSS for styling, and there's a basic skeleton structure set up in the resources/assets/sass directory. Tailwind is imported by default so you can jump right in to rapid development and prototyping.

There's a bootstrapped JavaScript file that imports lodash, jQuery, and Vue dependencies through npm to use with your project. That can be modified by editing the resources/assets/js/app.js file.

Building the site

To compile the SCSS/JS assets and build the static site files, you can run npm run dev from the root. Additionally, using npm run watch starts up a local node server that you can use to view your compiled project, and will watch the entire resources/ directory for changes to any assets, views, or content files.

If you would like to build your site without compiling the assets, run the php cleaver build command from the project root.

Commands and arguments

If you build the site by calling php cleaver build directly, here's a list of the current commands and accompanying arguments you can use:

  • php cleaver build {page} builds the current site, rendering your content in the resources/content directory and outputting HTML organized in a directory tree to /dist. You can choose to render a single page or just a specific path in your content by including a page argument. (e.g. php cleaver build posts/my-cool-post.md)

Publishing your site

Once you're ready to publish your site, simply run the command:

npm run production

Which will minify your assets and build the site again with the new versioned files.

You can then publish your entire project to a host of your choice as long as the web root is pointed to the /dist folder. Additionally, you're free to just publish the built files in the dist folder by themselves.


Cleaver is still very much in development, and while it's designed to remain as simple as possible there's a few features that could make for a better overall experience. Here's what's on the path ahead:

  • [x] Ability to use folders in content directory
  • [x] Add collection containing all content into each view
  • [x] A better cli interface and style during site builds
  • [x] Ability to add in and use HTML in JSON content files
  • [ ] More detailed build errors if something goes wrong
  • [ ] Create and import site scaffolds from the command line

Contact Info

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The MIT License (MIT). See LICENSE.md for more details.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Cleaver README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.