Nikola v8.0.0rc1 is out!

On behalf of the Nikola team, I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of Nikola v8.0.0rc1. This is the end of the road to Nikola version 8. Within 48 hours, assuming there are no grave bugs reported in that timeframe, we intend to release v8 final.

What is Nikola?

Nikola is a static site and blog generator, written in Python. It can use Mako and Jinja2 templates, and input in many popular markup formats, such as reStructuredText and Markdown — and can even turn Jupyter Notebooks into blog posts! It also supports image galleries, and is multilingual. Nikola is flexible, and page builds are extremely fast, courtesy of doit (which is rebuilding only what has been changed).

Find out more at the website:


Install using pip install Nikola==8.0.0rc1.

If you want to upgrade to Nikola v8, make sure to read the Upgrading blog post.



  • Add Vietnamese translation by Hoai-Thu Vuong

  • Don’t generate gallery index if the destination directory is site root and it would conflict with blog index (Issue #3133)

  • All built-in themes now support updated timestamp fields in posts. The update time, if it is specified and different from the posting time, will be displayed as "{postDate} (${messages("updated")} {updateDate})". If no update time is specified, the posting time will be displayed alone.

  • All built-in themes now support the DATE_FANCINESS option.

  • Theme bundles are now parsed using the configparser module and can support newlines inside entries as well as comments

  • Make bootstrap4 navbar color configurable with THEME_CONFIG['navbar_light'] (Issue #2863)


  • Use UTF-8 instead of system encoding for gallery metadata.yml file

  • Do not remove first heading in document (reST document title) if USE_REST_DOCINFO_METADATA is disabled (Issue #3124)

  • Remove NO_DOCUTILS_TITLE_TRANSFORM setting, this is now default behavior if USE_REST_DOCINFO_METADATA is disabled (Issue #2382, #3124)

  • Enforce trailing slash for directories in nikola auto (Issue #3140)

  • Galleries with baguetteBox don’t glitch out on the first image anymore (Issue #3141)

Removed features

  • Moved tag_cloud_data.json generation to a separate tagcloud plugin (Issue #1696)

  • The webassets library is no longer required, we now manually bundle files (Issue #3074)


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