The global command interface for Slipcast: the minimal config static website builder you can leave at anytime.

npm install slipcast-cli@0.1.6


Slipcast: A static website generator

This project simplifies the creation of static websites by using convention over configuration to create an enjoyable front-end development experience.

Behind the scenes, it relies on Metalsmith, RollupJS, PostCSS, Handlebars, and Browsersync to build a directory of static css, html, and javascript files as well as a development mode that reloads your changes as files are saved. However, you don't have to worry about the details.

We've also made it easy for you to move on from slipcast if your complex application needs can no longer be handled by us. We've included an eject command that will remove slipcast and setup your project to run on the same scripts and configurations we've hidden behind the curtain for you to further customize or replace entirely.


The easiest way to get started is to install the Slipcast project cli to generate new Slipcast projects: npm install -g slipcast-cli

You can then run slipcast-cli folder_name to create a new project inside folder_name. It takes a bit to install the dependencies, but afterwards your project will run the default template included with Slipcast.

Without Slipcast-CLI

You can also install slipcast yourself by adding it to your project manually with npm install slipcast --save and editing your package.json file with scripts to build the project, compress built assets, or run a webserver that watches files for changes.

    "scripts": {
        "build": "node node_modules/slipcast/bin/slipcast --build",
        "compress": "node node_modules/slipcast/bin/slipcast --compress",
        "eject": "node node_modules/slipcast/bin/slipcast --eject",
        "start": "node node_modules/slipcast/bin/slipcast --watch"

You can view an example application structure by looking in the template folder. It's the same project that will be installed if you use slipcast-cli to create your initial project.

Config File

The application looks for a file called slipcast.js in the root of the application folder for the configuration.

The minimal configuration file looks like:

module.exports = {
  files: ['app.css', 'app.js']

You can override more of the default options with a configuration file like the following:

module.exports = {
  // Top-level css and js files to generate.
  files: [

  // The folders to look at for files that generate the project css, js, and html.
  folders: {
    css: 'app/css',
    javascript: 'app/js',
    pages: 'app/pages',
    static: 'app/static',
    views: 'app/views'

  output: 'dist' // Where to store the output files.


Once you've outgrown Slipcast, you can migrate all of the dependencies, scripts, and configuration to your main project by running npm run eject.

Warning: This is a one-way operation and once you eject you will not be able to use slipcast again. You will be able to continue to use the same commands like npm start and npm run build though.