Project Templates

When starting a new project, middleman init will create a folder with our default project template. Unlike previous versions of middleman, custom project templates are simply a folder of files, or a Thor command, in a git repository. If you want to use a non-default project template then you must use the -T option and use a path to a git repository. Make sure you have git installed.

GitHub Template

Pass the GitHub username/repo-name to the init command.

middleman init MY_PROJECT_FOLDER -T username/repo-name

Local Template

Pass file:// followed by the path to your local git repository. Note: There are three slashes ///.

middleman init MY_PROJECT_FOLDER -T file:///path/to/local/repo/

Template Directory

In addition to the default project template, the Middleman community has created a lot of custom templates. There are a number of community-developed project templates in the Directory.

If you would like to have your template added to the Directory, please read the instructions on the Middleman Directory GitHub page. When you add your project, you can provide a short name to simplify the init command. For example, our official Middleman Blog template registered the blog name, so it can be initialized like this:

middleman init MY_NEW_BLOG -T blog

Thor Template

Templates that require process can be implemented with Thor. The default template is implemented this way so it can ask questions as initialization.

Place a Thorfile at the root of your repository:

require 'thor/group'

module Middleman
  class Generator < ::Thor::Group
    include ::Thor::Actions

    source_root File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__))

    def copy_default_files
      directory 'template', '.', exclude_pattern: /\.DS_Store$/

Inside this Ruby class, all public methods will be executed in order. The simplest example above just copies a folder. So if you placed your default template in the template directory, it would work exactly like the non-Thor option above.