Because of the fact that Nikola site generator is written in Python scripting language, it should run on any major operating system. The installation process might vary depending on the system though. Here, I'm going to share how I've managed to install Nikola on Windows 10.
- ❶ Nikola is powered by Python, so first you need to make sure Python is installed on your computer.
- ❷ To install Nikola, you will need a command-line console. Even though the default Windows console (cmd) should be perfectly suitable, I recommend to get ConEmu, because it's configurable, feature-rich and looks much better.
❸ The best way to install Nikola is to use
virtualenv. So, open console in admin mode at desired path and install
❹ Download packages
Pillowcompiled for Windows and for your installed version of Python. Copy them into nikola folder and install them using
pip. I downloaded the packages here.
- ❺ Finally, install Nikola with "extras" option.
❻ Now, you should have Nikola installed and ready to use. You can get all available commands by typing
$ nikola help Nikola is a tool to create static websites and blogs. For full documentation and more information, please visit https://getnikola.com/ Available commands: nikola auto builds and serves a site; automatically detects site changes nikola bootswatch_theme given a swatch name from bootswatch.com and a parent theme, creates a custom theme nikola build run tasks nikola check check links and files in the generated site nikola clean clean action / remove targets nikola console start an interactive Python console with access to your site nikola deploy deploy the site nikola doit_auto automatically execute tasks when a dependency changes nikola dumpdb dump dependency DB nikola forget clear successful run status from internal DB nikola github_deploy deploy the site to GitHub Pages nikola help show help nikola ignore ignore task (skip) on subsequent runs nikola import_wordpress import a WordPress dump nikola info show info about a task nikola init create a Nikola site in the specified folder nikola install_theme install theme into current site nikola list list tasks from dodo file nikola new_page create a new page in the site nikola new_post create a new blog post or site page nikola orphans list all orphans nikola plugin manage plugins nikola reset-dep recompute and save the state of file dependencies without executing actions nikola rst2html compile reStructuredText to HTML files nikola serve start the test webserver nikola status display site status nikola strace use strace to list file_deps and targets nikola tabcompletion generate script for tab-completion nikola theme manage themes nikola version print the Nikola version number nikola help show help / reference nikola help <command> show command usage nikola help <task-name> show task usage
- ❼ To test if Nikola works as intended, you can create a demo site by few commands and display it in your browser.