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This Addon started as the TWiki:Plugins/GenHTMLAddon, submitted by TWiki:Main/Trash.MartinRaabe at Motorola. This version is a major rewrite from TWiki:Main/EricScouten.


When TWiki generates a view, it does so dynamically i.e. there's a CGI script that runs, processes some files, and generates HTML that is displayed by the browser. There are circumstances in which this may not be desirable or even possible. For example:

  1. TWiki is used to create documentation which has to be bundled into a product release,
  2. Published versions of TWiki pages must be read-only,
  3. The TWiki server is inaccessible to the audience (e.g. on the other side of a corporate firewall).

PublishAddon? provides support for the generation of stand-alone HTML from a TWiki web. It will generate a directory containing rendered versions of a set of TWiki pages together with any attached files.

WARNING This addon generates HTML output in the 'pub' directories of your twiki installation. For a large web, this can amount to a considerable amount of data!



Using the Addon

To generate HTML for a web, view any topic in the web. Edit the URL of the topic and change 'view' to 'publish'. (Hint: Create a WebPublish topic in your web that does this for you.) For example, if you are viewing the WebHome topic, the URL will be something like
Modify this URL to read instead
(Your TWiki administrator may have already set up a shortcut in the view template; see your local site information for details) Then hit return to invoke the script.

The first thing you see is a web form that allows you to control the HTML generation for the web. From this form you can change the web to generate documentation for, and list perl regular expressions to match topics that you wish to include (default: all) or exclude from generation. When you have set these parameters appropriately, hit the "Publish" button. Note: You can bypass this screen by adding the option goAhead=yes in the query string.

The HTML is generated in a designated directory for the web; the progress messages printed during documentation generation indicate where the generated HTML has been written.

Specialised templates

Unlike the TWiki:Plugins/GenHTMLAddOn, this addon renders using existing skins. It will, by default, use the skin specified in WebPreferences for the published web. This can be overriden by adding the option skin={skin name} in the query string (same as the view script).

Known problems

Addon Installation Instructions

# Root directory for static-published HTML [scouten 12/08/02]
$publishDir       = "/home/httpd/path/to/published/files/";
# Root URL for static-published HTML (should point to $publishDir) [scouten 12/08/02]
$publishUrlPath     = "/url/path/to/published/files/";

# =========================
sub getPublishDir
    return $publishDir;

# =========================
sub getPublishUrlPath
    return $publishUrlPath;

Addon info

One Line Description: Generate static HTML for a TWiki Web
Addon Author: EricScouten?
Addon Version: 1.1
Change History: 7 Jan 2003: Initial version
CPAN Dependencies: none
Other Dependencies: none
Perl Version: 5.0
Addon Home:

Related Topics: TWikiPreferences, TWikiPlugins


This code is a development of the Architectures and System Platforms group of Motorola Inc. and is protected by the following copyrights:

Further modifications were made by Eric Scouten and are copyright (C) 2002-2003, Eric Scouten.


As required for the publication of all extensions to TWiki, the software is published under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details, published at

See also

Further discussions are to be found at: PublishPluginDev?