boilerplate 1.2.2 Beta

A tool for painless project layout templating

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Kuba Janoszek
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boilerplate is a very simple templating engine for directories & files structures.

Creating project structure is not thing I'm doing everyday. Nevertheless when I'm doing it I always feel frustrated that I don't have anything prepared. Or when I use some third parties templates I'm pissed off when "all I need to do is clone repo, remove .git directory, clean README..." and so on. Using such things is hard because all those templates has also some dynamic parts (like SECRET_KEY in django project).

How it works?

myfancy_template/ simpleapp/
 |-- $> boil myfancy_template simpleapp |--
 `-- tmpl/ =================================> `--
 `-- _$project_name$

Boilerplate simply creates project / app structure on the given template basis. You can configurate context variables (only variables) which you can use everywhere in your templates, even in files or directories structures.

How to install?

Download and install:

python install

or directly from github:

pip install -e git+git://

You need to have root privileges to install it in system packages.

Set up BOILERPLATE_TEMPLATES environ variable to tell boilerplate where it should search for your custom templates. It should be setup in your -file, eg in your .bashrc

export BOILERPLATE_TEMPLATES=$HOME/.boilerplate_temlplates


Boilerplate comes with "boil" command line. Here's how you might use it.

1. listing existing templates:

 boil -l # show list of all available templates, you can also type "boil --list"

2. creating new project from existing template:

 boil < template-name > < project-name >

 project_name and template_name variables are always available your template context.

1. creating new project template:

 boil boil_template my_first_template

This is what you gonna get:

 |-- # meta information about template, context variables for template engine
 `-- tmpl/ # template directory, name "tmpl" will be replaced with "project_name"
 `-- my_fancy_template_readme.txt

1. using my new project template:

 boil my_first_template myproject

Last updated on August 21st, 2012


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