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Enoki is a powerfully simple set of tools and interfaces for creating and managing websites, single-page apps, and whatever else you can imagine. It’s as vanilla as possible, meant to get out of your way, and play nicely with traditional tooling as well as unique environments, such as the peer-to-peer Beaker Browser.

Although fully-featured, Enoki is still early in development. Support for other frameworks and syntax styles are on the roadmap. If something you’d like to see is missing, please feel free to contribute!



The Enoki module can be used in a variety of ways. For a quick overview in situ, take a look at an example design. For the sake of this readme, let’s just create a fresh little Choo app.

Create a /content directory in the root of your project and make an index.txt file. Pages (and sub-pages) are just folders with their own index.txt files:

title: Enoki Example
text: Hey, not bad!

Inside index.js let’s initialize our Choo app and require the enoki/choo plugin which loads our content. If in an environment exposing the Dat API we’ll dynamically read your /content into state. If over HTTP we’ll fallback to static JSON output of state when last edited/built.

var choo = require('choo')
var app = choo()

Expaned Choo example
var html = require('choo/html')

function view (state, emit) {
  var page = state.page
  var children = page().children().sort('title', 'asc').value()

  return html`

  function renderChild (props) {
    var child = page(props)
    return html`
        <a href="${child.value('url')}">${child.value('title')}</a>

Page API

Enoki provides a super convenient way for traversing flat content state called nanopage. Just pass some content state to the constructor and you’re set.

var Page = require('enoki/page')
var page = new Page(state)

// some examples
var title = page().value('title')
var children = page().children().toArray()
var imageFirst = page().files().value('path')

For a complete list of methods, take a look at the docs!

Enoki Panel

The Enoki Panel is a super extensible interface for managing an Enoki site’s content. It runs entirely client-side in Beaker Browser, and is accessible at panel.enoki.site.

Configuration options

  "blueprints": "/blueprints",
  "config": "site.json",
  "content": "content",
  "fallback": "/bundles/content.json",
  "file": "index.txt"

It’s recommended to place your configuration in a file called site.json within the root directory of your site. This works like package.json, but for your site. Just as package.json can be read using any number of tools, your site.json can be too.

Alternatively, when using the module, pass the configuration object as the first argument to the Enoki class. When using the Choo plugin, simply pass as the first argument to the returned function.

// using the module
new Enoki(defaults)

// using the choo plugin

Configuration is progressively constructed, just like package.json: module defaults → site.json → configuration object argument.

Configuration options overview


The directory containing your site’s blueprints. These are JSON files describing the fields for the Enoki Panel. Here’s an example of that.


The location of the configuration file.


The content directory.


The location of the content state JSON fallback for HTTP.


The file containing data for each page. Defaults to index.txt. An alternate could be index.md.

Peer-to-Peer / Dat

The web is becoming re-decentralized! You can use Enoki with Dat in an environment such as Beaker Browser by swapping Node’s fs for the DatArchive API. This enables real-time reading of the archives’s files. Ensure you’re using .readAsync().

HTTP Fallback and CLI

When using Enoki in a Dat environment we use the DatArchive API instead of Node’s fs to read the archive’s files. However, over http Enoki reads a static json file for fallback.

If you’d like to output that static json when developing your site you can use the Enoki cli. It’s possible to watch your content directory for changes by using the --watch flag.

enoki content
enoki content --watch


For specifics on formatting directories and files, take a look at the dependencies’ documentation.

  • smarkt for parsing mixed key/value store and yaml plain text files
  • hypha for turning folders and files into json


Enoki is early in development. If you’d like to see support for webpack, or whatever other tooling, feel free to contribute!




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