Metalsmith is back!

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After a 5-year maintenance-mode break, Metalsmith.js is back. In a nutshell: the Metalsmith maintainers agreed to a transfer by Intellectual Property Assignment with Segment, — the previous owners & developers of Metalsmith. The software is now owned, maintained, and developed by Kevin VL (me) doing business as webketje, with periodic feedback from earlier maintainers ismay and Ajedi32. You can find more details about how Metalsmith got here on the About page.

Who is the maintainer of metalsmith?

Hi! I am a Belgium-based IT-consultant specializing in front-end and Javascript/NodeJS, professionally active since late 2015 and active in open-source software development since 2014. I have a lot of experience with Node, NPM, SPA frameworks (React/Vue), DevOps, UX and DX and stay current with the latest trends in the Javascript ecosystem. I am especially interested in the Headless CMS and static site generator trends.

I firmly believe in the value of open-source and free software, as it has enabled my current career path. I believe Metalsmith is a valuable piece of software that has a role to play in the future, and have been using it since 2018. I've contributed to or supported Gitter, KnockoutJS, jstransformers, GetSimpleCMS, VLC media player, Linux Mint, and many others by way of financial, code or support contributions, for example on Stackoverflow.

Metalsmith updates

Going forward

First, as a lot of issues noted, the documentation is lacking and will be significantly improved with links to interactive examples on A lot has happened in the Node & JS ecosystems and in a first time the goal is to get Metalsmith on par with current alternatives. This includes:

A careful approach will be taken for Node support: the first 2 upcoming versions will drop support for Node <= 8, then Node <= 12, then following Node LTS releases EOL.

I have a full-time job and other duties, but care a lot about Metalsmith and at the very least it and its core plugins will get frequent patch updates. If you want to help out, be it with a starter template, idea, plugin, dev chore, please join our Gitter channel (also supports Matrix accounts), all help is welcome!

Looking forward to it.


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