Here is all the documentation for Nikola. Note that it applies to the latest release, so it may not be accurate if you’re using an older version, or are using an unstable version. If you want to read the documentation for the current GitHub master, check out Nikola on ReadTheDocs.

The Handbook

Aimed at those wanting to use Nikola to build a site.

Getting Started

How to set up Nikola.

The file

This is the default configuration file for the latest version of Nikola. It contains some useful documentation not mentioned in the manual, and can be used for people upgrading to compare with their existing config files.

Upgrading to Nikola v8

A blog post detailing all the changes from Nikola v7.

Changelog, Contributors, The MIT License

What’s new, who made this, and the rules for distribution.

Creating Custom Pages

How to do custom pages for special purposes, with special templates and styling.

Theming Tutorial, Theming reference, Template variables

Useful if you want to create or customize a theme.

Extending Nikola and Nikola Internals

Aimed at those wanting to add new functionality.


A list of some Nikola features.

Creating a Site that is not a blog

Not everything is a blog!

Path handlers documentation

Documentation for path handlers (link:// scheme).

Using Social Buttons

Replacing AddThis with other solutions.

Automating Nikola rebuilds with GitHub Actions

Blogging anywhere with Nikola, GitHub Actions and GitHub Pages.

Python Version Support Policy

How we decide which Python versions are supported.

Community content:

Writing Task Plugins and Controlling plugin task execution order

Tutorials about writing custom task plugins for Nikola.

Tutorial by Tim van der Linden

Goes from installing to developing a custom theme.

Tutorial en español de Diego Leonardo Puente

Instalación y deployment a GitHub

Tutorial by RCA (in Chinese)

Covers installation and getting started

Wordpress migration tutorial by Niko Wenselowski (in German)

He wrote most of the Wordpress importer so he knows ;-)

Moving from Octopress to Nikola

Since we don't have an automated tool...

ikiwiki to nikola: the script

A tool to migrate Markdown posts from ikiwiki to Nikola (with support for footnotes, tags, images and code snippets)