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The Happiest CMS in the world

Quokka is a Content Management Framework written in Python.

A lightweight framework to build CMS (Content Management System) as websites, portals, blogs, applications and anything related to publishing content to the web.

Quokka is not limited to CMS area, it is also possible to create Quokka extensions to provide any kind of web application based on Python and Flask.

Quokka can also (optionally) generate a static website from the contents generated in its admin interface.


  • Web based content management admin interface
  • Multiple content formats (markdown, rst, html, plaintext)
  • Compatibility with any of the Pelican Themes
  • Flat file NoSQL database TinyDB or optionally MongoDB for scale deployments
  • Host the Quokka on server or generate a static website
  • Extensible via modules/plugins
  • Powered by Python, Flask, Flask-Admin, TinyMongo and Pelican Themes


Use this if you want to see how Quokka works

docker run --rm -it -p 5000:5000 quokka/quokka

Go to http://localhost:5000/admin and login using admin/admin

Quick Start

NOTE: QuokkaCMS requires Python 3.6+

To install and run for development mode

Use this if you want to contribute to quokka, PyPi releases will be provided soon.

git clone
cd quokka
python3 -m venv venv
. venv/bin/activate
pip3 install --upgrade pip
make install
make adduser
make devserver

then access http://localhost:5000 and http://localhost:5000/admin edit the quokka/project_template/quokka.yml and start contributing to the code!

NOTE: In dev mode the project in quokka/project_template/ is used and a database is created inside it.

To install for use/deployment

NOTE: this project is a Work In Progress, consider installing in development mode

python3 -m venv venv
. venv/bin/activate
pip3 install --upgrade pip
pip3 install -e git+
quokka init mysite
cd mysite
quokka adduser
quokka runserver

Using Quokka CMS

Start a project

$ quokka init NewWebsite --theme=flex --modules=gitpages,heroku
 Quokka project created 
 Name: NewWebsite
 Location: /tmp/newwebsite
 Template: default
 Themes: flex theme installed
 Modules: [gitpages, heroku] installed
 Config: Config file written in /tmp/newwebsite/quokka.yml
 Go to /tmp/newwebsite
 run `quokka runserver` to start!
 Check the documentation on
 Happy Quokka! 

YES! it outputs emojis

The above command will generate your project in myproject folder as:

 databases        # TinyDB database files (gitignored)
 modules          # Custom modules to load on EXTRA_EXTENSIONS
 static_build     # output static site
 themes           # Front-end Themes (Pelican and Quokka Themes supported)
 uploads          # Media uploaded via admin
 .gitignore       # gitignore to exclude sensitive files
 quokka.yml       # Project settings
 .secrets.yml     # To store keys, tokens and passwords (gitignored)          # To deploy `gunicorn wsgi:app`

You can optionally pass arguments:

Choose existing theme (the default is Malt)

quokka init mywebsite --theme

Install modules

quokka init mywebsite --theme --modules="commerce,foo"

the above looks for quokka_commerce and quokka_foo in PyPI and installs it

Set important configurations

quokka init mywebsite --theme --config="auth_enabled=false"

That is optional, you can to edit quokka.yml to tune your settings.

Create an admin user

quokka adduser

Run your website

quokka runserver --port 5000

Access admin interface


Access your site



You can deploy your Quokka Website in a WSGI server

Check the and refer to it when deploying in wsgi servers.

cd myproject
gunicorn wsgi:app -w 4 -b ""

An example of supervisord config

command=/myproject/venv/bin/gunicorn wsgi:app -w 4 -b ""

For more information read Gunicorn documentation

Publish Static HTML website

NOTE: To generate a static website all user management, keys and passwords will be removed from settings.

You can generate a static HTML website to host anywhere

Once you have your website running locally you can easily generate a static HTML website from it.

$ quokka publish --static [--output path]
Generating static HTML website on ./static_build folder

Once you have a ./static_build folder populated with static website you can deploy it using SCP, FTP or git, it is a full static website.

Deploying to github pages from command line

NOTE: You need either ssh key access to github or it will ask login/password

quokka publish --static --git=rochacbruno/mysite --branch=gh_pages

The above is also available in admin under 'publish' menu.

Deploying via SCP

quokka publish --static --scp --dest='[email protected]:/var/www/mysite' [--sshkey ~/.ssh/key] [--password xyz]
password : ...

Deploying to Heroku

This requires heroku client installed, if Procfile is not found it will be generated

quokka publish --static --heroku --options

Deploying via FTP

quokka publish --static --ftp --host='' --dest='/var/www/mysite'

Load database from remote deployment (only for TinyDB)

When you publish a static website along with the static files the database also goes to the server under the databases/ folder only as a backup and snapshot.

You can load that remote database locally e.g: to add new posts and then re-publish

quokka restoredb --remote --git=rochacbruno/mysite
Creating a backup of local database...
Downloading remote database
Restoring database..

Now you can run quokka runserver open your localhost:5000/admin write new content and then Publish website again using command line or admin interface.

NOTE: If you want to restore a local database use --local and --path path/to/db

Using MongoDB

You can choose to use MongoDB instead of TinyDB, That is useful specially if you deploy or local instance has more than one admin user concurrently and also useful if you want to install plugins which support MongoDB only (because it relies on aggregations and gridfs)

You only need a running instance of Mongo server and change quokka.yml:DB on your project from:

    system: tinydb
    folder: databases


    system: mongodb
    name: my_database
    port: 2600

Then when running quokka again it will try to connect to that Mongo Server.

With that you can deploy your site on wsgi server or can also generate static website.

Running mongo in a Docker container

cd your_quokka_project_folder
docker run -d -v $PWD/databases:/data/db -p 27017:27017 mongo
# wait some seconds until mongo is started
quokka runserver

Contributing to Quokka CMS Development

Do you want to be part of this open-source project?

Take a look at Contributing Guidelines

Setup a contributor environment

Ensure you have Python3.6+ fork this repo and:

git clone$YOURNAME/quokka
cd quokka

# create a Python3.6 virtual env
make create_env

# activate the venv
. venv/bin/activate

# install Quokka in --editable mode (using pbr)
make install

# Create a new admin user
make adduser

# run quokka
make devserver

Access http://localhost:5000/admin and http://localhost


This list is available on

This is the list of tasks to be completed until 1.0.0 can be released. support 100% coming only for malt and bootstrap3 themes


The main Admin page

home cms

Pelican themes compatible

An article showing in Malt theme

start contributing to quokka project my site

The same article using Bootstrap 3 theme

start contributing to quokka project my site2

See more on screenshots on

Start contributing right now!

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