0.5.0 - 2023-10-10

v0.5.0 Oct 10 2023 at 16:55 UTC


  • RSS feed support - shadows-withal/pr656, zkat

    When you have changelog functionality enabled, oranda will now automatically generate a RSS feed for it! This means you can plug it into your RSS reader, or use further automation that works with RSS files 🙌

    The link to the RSS feed will also be shown on the changelog page. You can disable the feed using the new components.changelog.rss_feed option.

  • Removed hard dependency on README.md - shadows-withal/pr640

    In previous releases, you needed to have a README.md file for oranda to work. This is a holdover from the earliest version of oranda (which was literally just a tool to generate HTML from your readme files), but with all the since added functionality, there's no real reason to keep this requirement. This means that oranda now works without a readme file!!

  • New match_package_names option for workspace config - 06chaynes/pr652

    When you have a workspace with multiple projects that all publish releases in the same GitHub repository, oranda will get confused and think that every release belongs to every project. With the new components.artifacts.match_package_names, each workspace member will now only include releases that contain their project name in the Git tag (v0.4.0-myproject, for example).

  • Ignore public/ directory when running oranda generate ci - shadows-withal/pr649, konstin/i643

    When running the CI generator command, it'll now prompt you whether it should append the public/ directory to your .gitignore file.


  • Improved errors for when explicitly declared paths don't exist - shadows-withal/pr640, konstin

    There used to be some cryptic errors oranda would throw if it couldn't find a path you'd manually specified in the configuration file - these errors are much nicer now, and their handling is more consistent.

  • Workspace index now supports additional_css - 06chaynes/pr653

    The additional_css option will now be respected on the workspace index page!

  • Set correct colors for mdbook draft chapters - 06chaynes/pr655, hawkw/i654

    In custom oranda themes, mdbook draft chapter titles in the sidebar were unreadable. This has been fixed!

0.4.1 - 2023-09-27

v0.4.1 Sep 27 2023 at 15:22 UTC


  • Fixed MSI checksums getting displayed as separate downloads - shadows-withal/pr637, Gankra/i636

    As cargo-dist 0.3.0 supports MSI installers, we noticed a small bug in the way oranda tries to infer artifacts, where a checksum for certain types of files can get misinterpreted as its own downloadable file. This is now fixed!

0.4.0 - 2023-09-11

v0.4.0 Sep 11 2023 at 16:21 UTC


  • Improved CSS generation - shadows-withal/pr617, ashleygwilliams/i610

    Users and distributors now have more control over how oranda and especially its CSS gets built! You can choose to opt-in to building CSS at build or runtime using the Tailwind binary, or you can explicitly prebuild the CSS using npm. For more information, see the docs.

  • New generate command - shadows-withal/pr621, ashleygwilliams/i188

    You can now generate a GitHub Actions CI file that'll build your site and deploy it to GitHub Pages by running oranda generate ci, which runs you through an interactive wizard! In the future, we'll add more types of generatable files.

  • LiveReload support for oranda dev - shadows-withal/pr622, jamesmunns/i556

    A pretty simple change that has a lot of quality-of-life: Your oranda dev browser tab now reloads automatically when you change a relevant file and oranda rebuilds your site!

  • Use Axo's favicon by default - shadows-withal/pr628, ashleygwilliams/i110

    Oranda sites that don't have a custom favicon now fall back to Axo's favicon, just so that the space in the tab bar isn't so drab and lonely.

  • oranda is now available on Homebrew! - shadows-withal/pr602, the cargo dist team <3

    Run brew install axodotdev/tap/oranda to install it!


  • Fixed Tailwind breaking the Nix flake - hawkw/pr609

    Because Tailwind was being downloaded on each build in a global cache directory (which Nix doesn't support), @hawkw added the Tailwind binary as an explicit dependency, and enhanced our Tailwind build code with the ability to use a preexisting Tailwind binary.

  • Improved workspace member precedence handling - shadows-withal/pr626, shadows-withal/i615

    There were a couple of tough corner cases when using workspace functionality that would incorrectly cascade to the members, which is fixed now!

  • Hide changelog sidebar on mobile - shadows-withal/pr614, zkat/i612

  • Fixed mdbook text highlighting colors having too little contrast - shadows-withal/pr627, Gankra/i578


0.3.1 - 2023-08-18

v0.3.1 Aug 18 2023 at 14:53 UTC


  • Updated the published version of the README on crates.io and npm.
  • Our integration tests now use fixtures that have frozen GitHub releases, so that test data doesn't unexpectedly change.

0.3.0 - 2023-08-17

v0.3.0 Aug 17 2023 at 14:42 UTC


  • Changelog autodetect - shadows-withal/pr583

    oranda's changelog feature is now opt-out instead of opt-in, meaning that even if you haven't set components.changelog = true, oranda will now generate a (maybe empty) changelog page. You can opt out of this by setting components.changelog = false.

    Additionally, oranda will now attempt to read changelog information from a local CHANGELOG(.md) or RELEASES(.md) file, should it exist. If you want oranda to use GitHub release bodies instead, set components.changelog.read_changelog_file = false.

    Migration instructions from 0.2.0 to 0.3.0

    Set components.changelog to false in your oranda.json file if you previously didn't use the changelog feature. Also, oranda will now attempt to read changelog information from your local CHANGELOG.md/RELEASES.md file. If you want oranda to use GitHub release bodies instead, set components.changelog.read_changelog_file = false.


  • Workspace Support - shadows-withal/many PRs, mistydemeo/many PRs, jamesmunns/i493

    You can now tell oranda to build sites from multiple projects in the same directory at the same time! By default, this will also generate a separate "root" page, providing an index into all projects defined within your workspace.

    To enable this feature, create a new file called oranda-workspace.json in your workspace root. This file can contain all regular oranda configuration, which will in turn be passed down to each of its children, but it also listens to the workspace key, which is where you properly configure your workspace. A sample workspace configuration would look like this:

      "workspace": {
        "auto": true,
        "docs_path": "README.md"
      "styles": {
        "theme": "hacker"

    This configuration will attempt to auto-detect a Cargo or npm workspace, set the Hacker theme for all members, and embed the contents of the top-level README.md file into the workspace index page.

    You can also specify workspace members manually, like this:

      "workspace": {
        "members": [
            "slug": "memberone",
            "path": "./member-one"
            "slug": "membertwo",
            "path": "./member-two"

    Aside: If you have a use-case for an oranda page that combines multiple different projects outside of a shared directory, please let us know on Discord!

    For more information on workspace members, take a look at the docs!

  • Inlining CSS - shadows-withal/pr565, pr566, i554

    oranda now uses a CSS version that's included in the binary it's shipped with! This means no more HTTP requests to GitHub to fetch a CSS version multiple times per build. As a bonus, we removed the internal dependency on a Node.js toolchain to build the CSS in development, which should make hacking on oranda and its themes a lot easier!

  • Basic CSS caching - jamesmunns/pr551

    In line with workspace support, oranda will now attempt to keep already downloaded versions of its CSS in-memory, which helps tremendously when you have a lot of workspace members all using a custom CSS version.

  • Artifacts JSON output - shadows-withal/pr589

    oranda will now spit out an extra artifacts.json file that contains most of the info we use to construct our artifacts page. The intention is for this file to be used for external integrations, since JSON is a lot easier to read. We've also added a new --json-only flag to the build command that only outputs this JSON file.


  • Display platforms alphabetically in install widget - Plecra/pr544, shadows-withal/i480

    Platforms are now sorted alphabetically in the install widget dropdown. This is an improvement over the previous unsorted state.

  • Show prerelease contents on changelog pages - shadows-withal/pr549

    This is a simple bug fix. Previously, we accidentally hid the body of a prerelease on its own separate changelog page (but mysteriously, it showed up on the main changelog page when prereleases were toggled!)

  • Restrict parsed repo URLs to GitHub only - Plecra/pr553

    Right now, we only support GitHub repository URLs to get context from. This fixed an issue where technically, oranda would attempt to do this with GitLab URLs as well, which would cause unintended behavior.

  • Support git+https URLs - shadows-withal/pr563, geelen/i531

    oranda now correctly handles git+https://yourrepo repository URLs, and is a lot more informative when it encounters one that it can't parse.

  • Re-add logo class to logo img element - shadows-withal/pr585, tertsdiepraam/i582


  • Testing rework - [Gankra]/pr575, shadows-withal/pr581

    oranda's tests have long been suboptimal, but we now sport a pretty good test suite, with automated integration snapshot testing for multiple external projects, and improved HTML-aware integration tests.

0.2.0 - 2023-07-19

v0.2.0 Jul 19 2023 at 16:06 UTC


  • make artifact autodetect configurable - Gankra/pr527

    We now provide a new boolean key, components.artifacts.auto, that lets you explicitly enable autodetection of artifacts. Previously, we would only enable this if you either turned on components.artifacts.cargo_dist, or if you provided some package manager entries. Since oranda does also support gleaning artifacts even without cargo-dist support enabled, we added this extra switch to let you toggle it without having to mess around with package managers.

    This is a breaking change, as enabling cargo-dist support or specifying package managers does not turn on auto-detection of artifacts anymore. If you were previously relying on auto-detection, your artifacts will no longer be displayed. To re-enable auto-detection, create a oranda.json file if you don't already have one, and set the following configuration:

      "components": {
        "artifacts": {
          "auto": true


  • Typescript syntax highlighting support - shadows-withal/pr525, geelen/i513

    You can now use the ts/typescript languages in code blocks! Hooray for types!

  • Better logo positioning - SaraVieira/pr524, tertsdiepraam/i519

    Logos set via the styles.logo option will now be properly centered/aligned in all themes, and set to a maximum width so that a 1920x1080 logo won't be displayed in its full width and height, thus pushing all content down below the fold.


  • Hacker theme highlight color - SaraVieira, pr523/i522

    Selecting text in the Hacker theme now applies a nice, green, high contrast highlight background color, instead of being the same color as the text, therefore hiding the content.

  • Package managers documentation - shadows-withal/pr521, tertsdiepraam/i520

    Some minor fixes to bring the package manager docs up to speed with how oranda actually processes options.


  • Refactor into using minijinja templates instead of axohtml - shadows-withal/pr526

    A biiig internal refactor moving us away from our previous typed-HTML-in-Rust approach of generating HTML, towards using a proper template language (Jinja2) instead. This allows for a lot more flexibility and separation of concerns going forward!

0.1.1 - 2023-07-04

v0.1.1 Jul 4 2023 at 17:13 UTC


  • Remove OpenSSL dependency - ashleygwilliams/pr515, geelen/i514

    If a release happens without an OpenSSL issue, does it really happen? In trying to run oranda build on a beta image for Cloudflare Pages, an end user discovered that we hadn't fully vanquished our dependency on OpenSSL. With this PR, we've made 100% sure we have.

  • Allow schema key in oranda.json - Gankra, pr506

    To improve the user experience of configuring oranda, we error on unexpected keys in the oranda.json file- which will help people see typos and other mistakes. However, this checking was over-eagerly erroring when folks added a schema key so they could use VS Code's schema support. This PR makes an exception for users including the "non-functional" (in oranda) schema key.

  • Add fallback to macOS Intel artifacts if Apple Silicon detected, but no artifacts found - Gankra, pr511

    Platform support and detection is slightly more complicated on Apple/macOS machines because Apple offers Rosetta2 which allows you to run binaries built for older Intel-based systems on the new Apple Silicon ones (but not vice versa). This PR updates the install widget's behavior to show artifacts built for Apple Intel-based systems if it detects an Apple Silicon system but cannot find any binaries built for Apple Silicon.

  • Artifact table width on mobile - SaraVieira, pr505

    On mobile, the artifact table's width was forcing a scroll. We've updated the CSS to fix this!

0.1.0 - 2023-07-03

v0.1.0 Jul 3 2023 at 14:30 UTC

What is oranda?

oranda is a hands-off static site generator for people who want a website for their tool but don't want to get knee-deep into web development. As long as you have a README.md in your directory, you can benefit from oranda. oranda will also try to automatically work with:

  • Release artifacts (currently only for GitHub releases)
    • cargo-dist-generated ones, and
    • arbitrary release artifacts
  • mdbookdocs
  • GitHub-supported project/maintainer funding sources

oranda is designed to just work in a lot of cases, and in cases where it doesn't, it should provide fine-grained configuration so you can make it work for your use case.



Github release artifacts inference

We can now not only figure out whether you're using cargo-dist automatically, but we also try and support arbitrary tarballs, as long as they're attached to a release and they're following the target-triple format. Oranda will now, for example, pick up a release artifact called myapp-aarch64-apple-darwin.tar.xz, even if the project isn't using cargo-dist to publish releases.

Smarter install widget

The installer widget on our main page has been upgraded! It now not only shows a select box where you can switch between different architectures (though we still attempt to figure out what platform you're running on), but it now additionally displays your package managers, all in a sleek tab-style view:

oranda install widget preview

You can customize which package managers you want to be displayed on in this widget vs. which ones should only be displayed on the separate install page, as well. Read more in the docs

Funding page

oranda now has the ability to autodetect whether you're using GitHub's funding embed functionality (meaning you have a .github/FUNDING.yml), in which case it'll automatically generate a page showing your available funding options.

Additionally, you can enhance this page by selecting a particular funding channel to be prioritized as your "main" funding method. You can also provide custom content from a funding.md Markdown file, to provide additional context to your funding page. Read more in the docs

This is less of a defined feature and more of an experiment on how we can better integrate maintainers' funding sources onto their websites. Please let us know what you think, or if you have any other feedback or input!

mdbook autodetect and styling

oranda themes now get applied to your mdbook output, too, meaning there's less of a discrepancy between your flashy oranda page and your default-mdbook-styled docs. We've also been hard at work being able to detect when you use mdbook without you having to set it, which should now work in the majority of cases.


New configuration structure

We've completely revamped our configuration structure to be more future-proof and to require less refactoring in the fullness of time. For the new configuration layout, please consult the docs.

One other major change is that we now reject unknown config keys. This means that if you've had a oranda 0.0.3 site, it will now force you to migrate your config to the new format. We've decided on this because we believe that doing anything but hard erroring in this situation would lead to unwanted behavior (old keys getting interpreted in new, weird ways, and so on).

Config schema

oranda's configuration schema is now available in a JSON schema for each release starting with this one. This means that in editors like VSCode, you can attach the schema to your oranda.json file and get autofill and documentation, like this:

  "$schema": "https://github.com/axodotdev/oranda/releases/download/v0.1.0/oranda-config-schema.json"


dev command

This release introduces oranda dev, which bundles both building your site and serving it from a file server, as well as sprinkling in auto-recompilation when files change. It's intended to be the prime command for local development of a oranda site.

Bug fixes

(this is a selection, there's been way too many to fully list, at least until we're able to automatically generate a list)

  • Various style fixes, lists now display correct, colors should be less offensive to the eye, that sort of stuff
  • We're much better now at handling complex release histories!
  • We've completely removed the version key from the configuration. It wasn't used, and we probably won't use it in the future, either


Documentation has had a major rewrite! We now provide a full configuration overview, as well as more detailed writeups for major parts of functionality.

Thank you to our contributors!

Despite being formally unannounced, several intrepid folks discovered oranda, and have been using it for personal projects and contributing issues and PRs. Their feedback has been invaluable in getting oranda to 0.1.0 today and we'd like to thank them:


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