You typically run Wyam using the command line application
wyam. If you don't specify any arguments, the root folder will be set to the current folder and if a file named
config.wyam is found, it will be used as the configuration file. You can also specify a root folder that's different than the current folder after the
wyam command. For example:
There are several different available commands (use
-? to see them):
>wyam --help usage: <command> [<args>] build Runs the build process (this is the default command). new Scaffolds the given recipe into a specified path. preview Runs the preview server without generating anything. help Displays various help messages.
Each command has its own set of options. The main command that gets executed
by default is
build which builds the site given the options you specify:
>wyam build --help usage: build [-v] [--attach] [-w] [-p [arg]] [--force-ext] [--virtual-dir <arg>] [--preview-root <arg>] [-i <arg>...] [-o <arg>] [-c <arg>] [-u] [--use-local-packages] [--use-global-sources] [--packages-path <arg>] [--output-script] [--verify-config] [--noclean] [--nocache] [-l [arg]] [-g <arg>...] [--initial <arg>...] [--ns <arg>...] [-r <arg>] [-a <arg>...] [-t <arg>] [-n <arg>...] [--] <root> -v, --verbose Turns on verbose output showing additional trace message useful for debugging. --attach Pause execution at the start of the program until a debugger is attached. -w, --watch Watches the input folder for any changes. -p, --preview [arg] Start the preview web server on the specified port (default is 5080). --force-ext Force the use of extensions in the preview web server (by default, extensionless URLs may be used). --virtual-dir <arg> Serve files in the preview web server under the specified virtual directory. --preview-root <arg> The path to the root of the preview server, if not the output folder. -i, --input <arg>... The path(s) of input files, can be absolute or relative to the current folder. -o, --output <arg> The path to output files, can be absolute or relative to the current folder. -c, --config <arg> Configuration file (by default, config.wyam is used). -u, --update-packages Check the NuGet server for more recent versions of each package and update them if applicable. --use-local-packages Toggles the use of a local NuGet packages folder. --use-global-sources Toggles the use of the global NuGet sources (default is false). --packages-path <arg> The packages path to use (only if use-local is true). --output-script Outputs the config script after it's been processed for further debugging. --verify-config Compile the configuration but do not execute. --noclean Prevents cleaning of the output path on each execution. --nocache Prevents caching information during execution (less memory usage but slower execution). -l, --log [arg] Log all trace messages to the specified log file (by default, wyam-[datetime].txt). -g, --global <arg>... Specifies global metadata as a sequence of key=value pairs. Use the syntax [x,y] to specify array values. --initial <arg>... Specifies initial document metadata as a sequence of key=value pairs. Use the syntax [x,y] to specify array values. --ns, --nuget-source <arg>... Specifies an additional package source to use. -r, --recipe <arg> Specifies a recipe to use. See below for syntax details. -a, --assembly <arg>... Adds an assembly reference by name, file name, or globbing pattern. -t, --theme <arg> Specifies a theme to use. See below for syntax details. -n, --nuget <arg>... Adds a NuGet package (downloading and installing it if needed). See below for syntax details. <root> The folder (or config file) to use. --recipe usage: -i, --ignore-known-packages Ignores (does not add) packages for known recipes. <recipe> The recipe to use. --theme usage: -i, --ignore-known-packages Ignores (does not add) packages for known themes. <theme> The theme to use. --nuget usage: -p, --prerelease Specifies that prerelease packages are allowed. -u, --unlisted Specifies that unlisted packages are allowed. -v, --version <arg> Specifies the version range of the package to use. -l, --latest Specifies that the latest available version of the package should be used (this will always trigger a request to the sources). -s, --source <arg>... Specifies the package source(s) to get the package from. -e, --exclusive Indicates that only the specified package source(s) should be used to find the package. <package> The package to install.
Note that some of the arguments such as
--nuget are "nested" and must be contained in quotes if they contain options of their own (and any inner quotes must be escaped). For example, the following command will load a Nuget package named
wyam --nuget Foo.Bar
However, if you want to specify any additional options for the
--nuget option such as to accept pre-release packages, you need to surround the whole value in quotes:
wyam --nuget "Foo.Bar -p"
Embedded Web server
Wyam includes an embedded web server you can use to test your site locally. It includes support for ignoring file extensions and implicitly delivering a
index.html page if one exists. This is similar to the convention a lot of static site hosts such as GitHub Pages uses.
To activate the preview server, use the
--preview argument. This will make the site available on a URL like
http://localhost:5080. If you prefer a different port, add that after the preview argument. This will cause the Wyam process to remain open in your console until you hit a key to exit.
You can change where the preview server pulls files from with the
You can serve files under a virtual directory with the
--virtual-dir option. This will make all of files on disk appear as if they were under the specified path on the web server. Requesting any resources or pages outside of this virtual directory will result in 404 Not Found errors.
You can turn on file watching with the
--watch argument. When file watching is enabled, the generation will be re-run any time a file in one of the input folders changes. Some modules can cache information from one generation to the next, so re-generations after a watched file changes should be somewhat faster. Note that because Wyam makes no assumptions about dependencies between files, modules, and pipelines, it is not possible to only regenerate the effects of the file that changed. We don't know what modules that file may have impacted indirectly and therefore need to regenerate everything (it's possible that in the future this could get smarter, but it's a very hard problem). Also note that some modules like Less may not reflect changes to their underlying files due to the mechanics of the module.
Requires Wyam 0.17.0 or greater.
The LiveReload server listens on port
35729 by default. When using LiveReload in conjunction with the preview server, ensure that any relevant HTML files have a closing
<body/> tag as this is required for
The paths that Wyam uses can be specified on the command line. This includes the input path(s) specified by
--input where Wyam will look for files, the output path specified by
--output where Wyam will place the output of modules like WriteFiles, the config file path specified by
--config where Wyam will look for a configuration file, and the root path specified as the final argument that Wyam considers the base path for all other relative paths. By default, the root path is set to the path from where Wyam is executed. You may want to specify a different base path (for example, if running from a build script or as part of a larger process). In this case, just supply an alternate absolute path at the end of the command line. This new root path will be the base for all other relative paths including input and output paths. This is a good way to ensure consistency regardless of which path Wyam is run from.