Pelican 3.6 released

By Pelican Contributors

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Pelican 3.6 has been released. Highlights of the improvements contained in this release follow below.

For those who are new to Pelican, please refer to the Quickstart Guide. There is also a Tutorials page available, which also includes a link to a Pelican installation screencast.


  • Disable caching by default in order to prevent potential confusion
  • Improve caching behavior, replacing pickle with cpickle
  • Allow Markdown or reST content in metadata fields other than summary
  • Support semicolon-separated author/tag lists
  • Improve flexibility of article sorting
  • Add --relative-urls argument
  • Support devserver listening on addresses other than localhost
  • Unify HTTP server handlers to pelican.server throughout
  • Handle intra-site links to draft posts
  • Move tag_cloud from core to plugin
  • Load default theme's external resources via HTTPS
  • Import drafts from WordPress XML
  • Improve support for Windows users
  • Enhance logging and test suite
  • Clean up and refactor codebase
  • New signals: all_generators_finalized and page_writer_finalized

For a full list of changes, see:

Upgrading from previous releases

Content generation caching is now disabled by default. If you have a large site with many articles/pages and notice that site generation takes longer than you would prefer, follow these two steps:

  1. Delete the cache folder, if it exists

  2. Add the following to your settings file:


While we do everything we can to maximize backwards compatibility and ensure smooth Pelican upgrades, it's possible that you may encounter un-anticipated wrinkles. If you run into problems, please see the How to Get Help section of the documentation, and we will update this post with any upgrade tips contributed by the Pelican community.

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