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PardallMarkdown is a reactive publishing framework and engine written in Elixir. Instant websites and documentation websites.

As opposed to static website generators (such as Hugo, Docusaurs and others), with PardallMarkdown, you don’t need to recompile and republish your application every time you write or modify new content. The application can be kept running indefinitely in production, while it watches a content folder for changes and the new content re-actively gets available for consumption by your application.


  • Filesystem-based, with Markdown and static files support.
    • Markdown files are parsed as HTML.
  • FileWatcher, that detects new content and modification of existing content, which then automatically re-parses and rebuilds the content.
    • There is no need to recompile and redeploy the application nor the website, the new content is available immediately (depends on the interval set via :recheck_pending_file_events_interval, see below).
    • Created with Phoenix LiveView and Phoenix Channels in mind: create or modify a post or a whole new set of posts and they are immediately published in a website. Check out the demo repository.
  • Support for the content folders outside of the application, this way, new content files can be synced immediately from a source location (for example, your computer), and then picked up by the FileWatcher.
  • Automatic creation of table of contents from Markdown headers.
  • Infinite content hierarchies (categories and sub-categories, sections and sub-sections).
    • Different sets of custom hierarchies and post sets. For example, a website with DocumentationBlogNews and a Wiki, which in turn, have their own sub-hierarchies.
    • Custom sorting rules per hierarchy set. For example, posts in the Documentation hierarchy can be sorted by priority, Blog posts by date and Wiki posts by title.
  • Automatic creation of taxonomy trees and content tress.
    • Separate content trees, per root hierarchy are also created. For example, a content tree for the Documentation hierarchy, which contains links to all sub-hierarchies and posts.
  • Automatic creation of post navigation links (next and previous posts).
  • Freely embeddable metadata into posts as Elixir maps.
  • Hierarchy archive lists.
  • All the content and indexes are kept in an in-memory cache (Elixir’s ETS).

Use cases

  • Blogs
  • Documentation websites
  • Wikis
  • FAQs
  • Any kind of website actually? Even e-commerce websites, where you can use PardallMarkdown’s parsed content as product pages, and more.
  • Any application that needs content?



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  • Elixir
  • Phoenix
Project type: Open-source