The markata.plugins.feeds plugin is used to create feed pages, which are lists of posts. The list is generated using a filter, then each post in the list is rendered with a card_template before being applied to the body of the template.


This plugin is built-in and enabled by default, but in you want to be very explicit you can add it to your list of existing plugins.

hooks = [


set default template and card_template

At the root of the markata.feeds config you may set template, and card_template. These will become your defaults for every feed you create. If you do not set these, markata will use it's defaults. The defaults are designed to work for a variety of use cases, but are not likely the best for all.



Underneath of the markata.feeds we will create a new map for each page where the name of the map will be the name of the page.

The following config will create a page at /all-posts that inclues every single post.



The template configuration key is a file path to the template that you want to use to create the feed. You may set the default template you want to use for all feeds under [markata.feeds], as well as override it inside of each feeds config.

The template is a jinja style template that expects to fill in a title and body variable.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">



I highly reccomend putting your body in a <ul>, and wrapping your card_templates in an <li>.


All keys available from each post is available to put into your jinja template. These can either be placed there in your post frontmatter, or through a plugin that automatically adds to the post before the save phase.

Here is a very simple example that would give a link to each post with the title and date.

card_template='<li><a href=markata/plugins/feeds>feeds.py-</a></li>'


The filter is a python expression ran on every post that expects to return a boolean. The variables available to this expression are every key in your frontmatter, plus the timedelta function, and parse function to more easily work with dates.

Feed Examples

True can be passed in to make a feed of all the posts you have.


You can compare against the values of the keys from your frontmatter. This example creates a feed that includes every post where published is True.


We can also compare against dates. The markata.plugins.datetime plugin, automatically adds today as today's date and now as the current datetime. These are quite handy to create feeds for scheduled, recent, or today's posts. The following two examples will create a feed for scheduled posts and for today's posts respectively.



If you have list of items in your frontmatter for something like tags, you can check for the existence of a tag in the list.

filter="date<=today and 'python' in tags"

And of course you can combine all the things into larger expressions. Here is one example of the main feed on my blog.

filter="date<=today and templateKey in ['blog-post'] and published =='True'"

Here is another example that shows my drafts for a particular tag.

filter="date<=today and 'python' in tags and published=='False'"


By default feeds will create one feed page at /archive/ that includes all posts.

[markata.feeds.archive] filter="True"

SilentUndefined class


SilentUndefined source
class SilentUndefined(Undefined):
    def _fail_with_undefined_error(self, *args, **kwargs):
        return ""

MarkataFilterError class


MarkataFilterError source
class MarkataFilterError(RuntimeError):

configure function

configure the default values for the feeds plugin

configure source
def configure(markata: Markata) -> None:
    configure the default values for the feeds plugin
    if "feeds" not in markata.config.keys():
        markata.config["feeds"] = dict()
    config = markata.config.get("feeds", dict())
    if "archive" not in config.keys():
        config["archive"] = dict()
        config["archive"]["filter"] = "True"

    default_post_template = config.get(
        "template", Path(__file__).parent / "default_post_template.html"
    for page, page_conf in config.items():
        if "template" not in page_conf.keys():
            page_conf["template"] = default_post_template

save function

Creates a new feed page for each page in the config.

save source
def save(markata: Markata) -> None:
    Creates a new feed page for each page in the config.
    feeds = markata.config.get("feeds", {})

    description = markata.get_config("description") or ""
    url = markata.get_config("url") or ""

    for page, page_conf in feeds.items():


    home = Path(str(markata.config["output_dir"])) / "index.html"
    archive = Path(str(markata.config["output_dir"])) / "archive" / "index.html"
    if not home.exists() and archive.exists():
        shutil.copy(str(archive), str(home))

create_page function

create an html unorderd list of posts.

create_page source
def create_page(
    markata: Markata,
    page: str,
    tags: Optional[List] = None,
    published: str = "True",
    template: Optional[Union[Path, str]] = None,
    card_template: Optional[str] = None,
    filter: Optional[str] = None,
    description: Optional[str] = None,
    url: Optional[str] = None,
    title: Optional[str] = "feed",
    sort: str = "True",
    reverse: bool = False,
) -> None:
    create an html unorderd list of posts.

    posts = markata.map("post", filter=filter, sort=sort, reverse=reverse)
    # if filter is not None:
    #     posts = reversed(
    #         sorted(
    #             markata.articles, key=lambda x: x.get("date", datetime.date(1970, 1, 1))
    #         )
    #     )
    #     try:
    #         posts = [post for post in posts if eval(filter, post.to_dict(), {})]
    #     except Exception as e:
    #         msg = textwrap.dedent(
    #             f"""
    #                 While processing feed page='{page}' markata hit the following exception
    #                 during filter='{filter}'
    #                 {e}
    #                 """
    #         )
    #         raise MarkataFilterError(msg)

    cards = [create_card(post, card_template) for post in posts]
    cards.insert(0, "<ul>")

    with open(template) as f:
        template = Template(f.read(), undefined=SilentUndefined)
    output_file = Path(markata.config["output_dir"]) / page / "index.html"
    canonical_url = f"{url}/{page}/"
    output_file.parent.mkdir(exist_ok=True, parents=True)

    with open(output_file, "w+") as f:

create_card function

Creates a card for one post based on the configured template. If no template is configured it will create one with the post title and dates (if present).

create_card source
def create_card(post: "Post", template: Optional[str] = None) -> Any:
    Creates a card for one post based on the configured template.  If no
    template is configured it will create one with the post title and dates (if present).
    if template is None:
        if "date" in post.keys():
            return textwrap.dedent(
                <li class='post'>
                <a href="/{post['slug']}/">
                    {post['title']} {post['date'].year}-{post['date'].month}-{post['date'].day}
            return textwrap.dedent(
                <li class='post'>
                <a href="/{post['slug']}/">
        _template = Template(Path(template).read_text())
    except FileNotFoundError:
        _template = Template(template)
    return _template.render(**post.to_dict())

_fail_with_undefined_error method


_fail_with_undefined_error source
def _fail_with_undefined_error(self, *args, **kwargs):
        return ""