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Deploy a Zola site

Zola is a fast static site generator in a single binary with everything built-in. In this guide, you'll create a new Zola application and deploy it using Cloudflare Pages. You will use the zola CLI to create a new Zola site.

Installing Zola

First, install the zola CLI, using the specific instructions for your operating system below:

macOS (Homebrew)

If you use the package manager Homebrew, run the brew install command in your terminal to install Zola:

$ brew install zola

Windows (Chocolatey)

If you use the package manager Chocolatey, run the choco install command in your terminal to install Zola:

$ choco install zola

Windows (Scoop)

If you use the package manager Scoop, run the scoop install command in your terminal to install Zola:

$ scoop install zola

Linux (pkg)

Your Linux distro's package manager may include Zola. If this is the case, you can install it directly using your distro's package manager -- for example, using pkg, run the following command in your terminal:

$ pkg install zola

If your package manager does not include Zola or you would like to download a release directly, refer to the Manual section below.

Manual installation

The Zola GitHub repository contains pre-built versions of the Zola command-line tool for various operating systems, which can be found on the Releases page.

For more instruction on installing these releases, refer to Zola's install guide.

Creating a new project

With Zola installed, create a new project by running the zola init command in your terminal using the default template:

$ zola init my-zola-project

Upon running zola init, you will prompted with three questions:

  1. What is the URL of your site? (https://example.com): You can leave this one blank for now.

  2. Do you want to enable Sass compilation? [Y/n]: Y

  3. Do you want to enable syntax highlighting? [y/N]: y

  4. Do you want to build a search index of the content? [y/N]: y

Before you continue

All of the framework guides assume you already have a fundamental understanding of git. If you are new to git, refer to this summarized git handbook on how to set up git on your local machine.

If you clone with SSH, you must generate SSH keys on each computer you use to push or pull from GitHub.

Creating a GitHub repository

Create a new GitHub repository by visiting repo.new. After creating a new repository, prepare and push your local application to GitHub by running the following commands in your terminal:

$ git remote add origin https://github.com/yourgithubusername/githubrepo
$ git branch -M main
$ git push -u origin main

Deploying with Cloudflare Pages

Deploy your site to Pages by logging into the Cloudflare dashboard > Account Home > Pages and selecting Create a project. Select the new GitHub repository that you created and, in the Set up builds and deployments section, provide the following information:

Configuration optionValue
Production branchmain
Build commandzola build
Build directorypublic

Below the configuration, make sure to set the Environment Variables (advanced) for specifying the ZOLA_VERSION.

For example, ZOLA_VERSION: 0.13.0.

After configuring your site, you can begin your first deploy. You should see Cloudflare Pages installing zola, your project dependencies, and building your site, before deploying it.

After deploying your site, you will receive a unique subdomain for your project on *.pages.dev.

You can now add that subdomain as the base_url in your config.toml file.

For example:

# The URL the site will be built for
base_url = "https://my-zola-project.pages.dev"

Every time you commit new code to your Zola site, Cloudflare Pages will automatically rebuild your project and deploy it. You will also get access to preview deployments on new pull requests, so you can preview how changes look to your site before deploying them to production.

Learn more

By completing this guide, you have successfully deployed your Zola site to Cloudflare Pages. To get started with other frameworks, refer to the list of Framework guides.