About Statiq Web

Statiq Web is a powerful static web site generation toolkit suitable for most use cases. It's built on top of Statiq Framework so you can always extend or customize it beyond those base capabilities as well.

Quick Start

The easiest way to get started with Statiq Web is to install the Statiq.Web package into a .NET Core console application and use the bootstrapper to configure everything.

There's no statiq.exe. Unlike other static generators which ship as a self-contained executable, Statiq is a framework and as such it runs from within your own console application. This provides the greatest flexibility and extensibility and is one of the unique aspects of using Statiq.

Step 1: Install .NET Core

Statiq Web consists of .NET Core libraries and installing the .NET Core SDK is the only prerequisite.

Step 2: Create a .NET Core Console Application

Create a new console application using the dotnet command-line interface:

dotnet new console --name MySite

Step 3: Install Statiq.Web

In same folder as your newly created project (i.e. MySite).

dotnet add package Statiq.Web --version x.y.z

Use whatever is the most recent version of Statiq.Web. The --version flag is needed while the package is pre-release.

Step 4: Create a Bootstrapper

Creating a bootstrapper for Statiq Web initializes everything you’ll need to generate your web site. While you can certainly extend Statiq Web with new pipelines or custom modules, you shouldn’t need to for most sites. Add the following code in your Program.cs file:

using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Statiq.App;
using Statiq.Web;

namespace MySite
  public class Program
    public static async Task<int> Main(string[] args) =>
      await Bootstrapper

Step 5: Add Some Content

Start adding content by creating Markdown files in your input folder, by default input folder is located in your project root.

To get something served you can add the following code as index.md file in your input folder.

Title: My First Statiq page
# Hello World!

Hello from my first Statiq page.

Step 6: Run it!

Let the magic happen:

dotnet run

This will by default create an output folder in your project folder if it doesn't exists and generate static web site content based on what's in your input folder.

Or run it and preview the generated site:

dotnet run -- preview

This will generate content and serve your output folder over HTTP (i.e. http://localhost:5080). statiq preview

Child Pages


Statiq Web is designed to make the most common scenarios extremely easy without requiring any configuration, but sometimes you need a little more control.

Content And Data

Statiq Web has a variety of ways of reading, writing, and working with different kinds of content and data.


Themes allow you to apply general content, data, layouts, and settings to your own site.


Statiq has built-in support for deployment to a variety of services.

Running Your Application

Once you've added some content and/or data, you can run your generator application.