The default configuration is sufficient to get Zola running locally but not more than that. It follows the philosophy of paying for only what you need, almost everything is turned off by default.

To change the configuration, edit the config.toml file. If you are not familiar with TOML, have a look at the TOML spec.

⚠️ If you add keys to your config.toml, you must pay attention to which TOML section it belongs to.

Here are the current config.toml sections:

  1. main (unnamed)
  2. link_checker
  3. slugify
  4. search
  5. translations
  6. extra

Only the base_url variable is mandatory. Everything else is optional. All configuration variables used by Zola as well as their default values are listed below:

# The base URL of the site; the only required configuration variable.
base_url = ""

# The site title and description; used in feeds by default.
title = ""
description = ""

# The default language; used in feeds.
default_language = "en"

# The site theme to use.
theme = ""

# When set to "true", all code blocks are highlighted.
highlight_code = false

# The theme to use for code highlighting.
# See below for list of allowed values.
highlight_theme = "base16-ocean-dark"

# When set to "true", a feed is automatically generated.
generate_feed = false

# The filename to use for the feed. Used as the template filename, too.
# Defaults to "atom.xml", which has a built-in template that renders an Atom 1.0 feed.
# There is also a built-in template "rss.xml" that renders an RSS 2.0 feed.
# feed_filename = "atom.xml"

# The number of articles to include in the feed. All items are included if
# this limit is not set (the default).
# feed_limit = 20

# When set to "true", files in the `static` directory are hard-linked. Useful for large
# static files. Note that for this to work, both `static` and the
# output directory need to be on the same filesystem. Note that the theme's `static`
# files are always copied, regardless of this setting.
# hard_link_static = false

# The taxonomies to be rendered for the site and their configuration.
# Example:
#     taxonomies = [
#       {name = "tags", feed = true}, # each tag will have its own feed
#       {name = "tags", lang = "fr"}, # you can have taxonomies with the same name in multiple languages
#       {name = "categories", paginate_by = 5},  # 5 items per page for a term
#       {name = "authors"}, # Basic definition: no feed or pagination
#     ]
taxonomies = []

# The additional languages for the site.
# Example:
#     languages = [
#       {code = "fr", feed = true}, # there will be a feed for French content
#       {code = "fr", search = true}, # there will be a Search Index for French content
#       {code = "it"}, # there won't be a feed for Italian content
#     ]
languages = []

# When set to "true", the Sass files in the `sass` directory in the site root are compiled.
# Sass files in theme directories are always compiled.
compile_sass = false

# A list of glob patterns specifying asset files to ignore when the content
# directory is processed. Defaults to none, which means that all asset files are
# copied over to the `public` directory.
# Example:
#     ignored_content = ["*.{graphml,xlsx}", "temp.*"]
ignored_content = []

# A list of directories used to search for additional `.sublime-syntax` files.
extra_syntaxes = []

# Configuration of the link checker.
# Skip link checking for external URLs that start with these prefixes
skip_prefixes = [

# Skip anchor checking for external URLs that start with these prefixes
skip_anchor_prefixes = [

# Various slugification strategies, see below for details
# Defaults to everything being a slug
paths = "on"
taxonomies = "on"
anchors = "on"

# When set to "true", a search index is built from the pages and section
# content for `default_language`.
build_search_index = false

# Whether to include the title of the page/section in the index
include_title = true
# Whether to include the description of the page/section in the index
include_description = false
# Whether to include the rendered content of the page/section in the index
include_content = true
# At which character to truncate the content to. Useful if you have a lot of pages and the index would
# become too big to load on the site. Defaults to not being set.
# truncate_content_length = 100

# Optional translation object. Keys should be language codes.
# Optional translation object. The key if present should be a language code.
# Example:
#     default_language = "fr"
#     [translations]
#     []
#     title = "Un titre"
#     [translations.en]
#     title = "A title"

# You can put any kind of data here. The data
# will be accessible in all templates
# Example:
#     [extra]
#     author = "Famous author"
# author value will be available using {{ }} in templates

🔗Syntax highlighting

Zola currently has the following highlight themes available:

Zola uses the Sublime Text themes, making it very easy to add more. If you want a theme not listed above, please open an issue or a pull request on the Zola repo.

🔗Slugification strategies

By default, Zola will turn every path, taxonomies and anchors to a slug, an ASCII representation with no special characters. You can however change that strategy for each kind of item, if you want UTF-8 characters in your URLs for example. There are 3 strategies:

  • on: the default one, everything is turned into a slug
  • safe: characters that cannot exist in files on Windows (<>:"/\|?*) or Unix (/) are removed, everything else stays
  • off: nothing is changed, your site might not build on some OS and/or break various URL parsers

Since there are no filename issues with anchors, the safe and off strategies are identical in their case: the only change is space being replaced by _ since a space is not valid in an anchor.

Note that if you are using a strategy other than the default, you will have to manually escape whitespace and Markdown tokens to be able to link to your pages. For example an internal link to a file named some will need to be written like in your Markdown files.