Simple CLI to pre-generate XML sitemaps for static sites locally.
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Simple CLI to pre-generate XML sitemaps for static sites locally.

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npm i -g static-sitemap-cli


Syntax: static-sitemap-cli <BASEURL> [options]

At its simplest, just go to your dist folder and run:

static-sitemap-cli > sitemap.xml

Or, because it's quite a mouthful:

sscli > sitemap.xml

Where sscli is just an alias of static-sitemap-cli. CLI by default outputs to stdout - so that you can pipe it to do other cool stuff. CLI also allows you to pipe in BASEURL via stdin.


Argument Description
BASEURL Base URL that is prefixed to all location entries. For example:


Option Long Description
-h --help show CLI help
-V --version show CLI version
-r --root [default: current dir] root directory to start from
-m --match [default: **/*.html,!404.html] list of globs to match
-p --priority glob-priority pair (eg: foo/*.html=0.1)
-f --changefreq glob-changefreq pair (eg: foo/*.html=daily)
-n --no-clean disable clean URLs
-l --slash add trailing slash to all URLs
-t --text output as .TXT instead
-s --save save output directly to file <root>/sitemap.xml
-v --verbose be more verbose

Clean URLs

Whether or not to include the .html extension. By default, something like:

rootDir/foo/index.html becomes

rootDir/foo/bar/foobar.html becomes

Pass -n option to disable this behavior.

Trailing Slashes

Controls whether or not URLs should include trailing slashes. For example:

rootDir/bar/index.html becomes

For obvious reasons, this cannot be used together with -n.

Ignore Some Files

The -m flag allows multiple entries to be input. By default it's set to the following globs: **/*.html and !404.html. You can change the glob pattern matches to suit your use-case, like:

sscli -m '**/*.html' -m '!404.html' -m '!**/ignore/**' -m '!this/other/specific/file.html'

Glob-* Pairs

The -p and -c flags allow multiple entries and accept glob-* pairs as input. A glob-* pair is input as <glob-pattern>=<value>, where = is used as the separator. For example, a glob-frequency pair should be input as events/**/*.html=daily.

Latter entries will override the former. So for example in

sscli -f '**/*=weekly' -f 'events/**=daily'

all URL entries will contain <changefreq>weekly</changefreq> while pages that match event/** will contain <changefreq>daily</changefreq>.

Output as Text

Sitemaps can be formatted as a simple text file as well, where each line contains exactly one URL. Pass the option -t to do so. In this case, --priority and --changefreq are redundant and ignored.


Create sitemap for dist folder

static-sitemap-cli -r dist > dist/sitemap.xml


sscli -r dist > dist/sitemap.xml

Ignore a bunch of files

sscli -m '**/*.html' '!404.html' '!**/ignore/**' '!this/other/specific/file.html' > sm.xml

Set priority of certain pages

By default, the optional <priority> label (protocol reference) is excluded, so every pages' default is 0.5. To change the relative priority of certain pages:

sscli -p '**/{foo,bar}/**=0.1' '**/important/**=0.9' > sm.xml

Set changefreq of all pages to weekly, and some to daily

sscli -f '**/*=weekly' -f 'events/**=daily' > sm.xml

Pipe in the base URL

echo | sscli > sm.xml


Add tests! :sweat_smile:


Run npm run test.


v1.1.0 - 2019-08-18:

  • BREAKING: Trailing slash alias -s renamed to -l. Sorry. :cry:
  • Add feature save directly to file <rootDir>/sitemap.xml instead of stdout.

v1.0.1 - 2019-08-16:

  • Bugfix - empty line at EOF in text mode.

v1.0.0 - 2019-08-15:

  • BREAKING: --ignore is deprecated. Use --match instead.
  • BREAKING: Glob-* pairs are no longer comma-seperated. Use = instead.
  • BREAKING: Logic for multiple glob-* pairs changed. Later pairs override the earlier ones now.
  • Major refactor of original codebase; discontinued usage of globby and sitemap in favour of fast-glob, micromatch, and js2xmlparser.
  • Resulting code should be much easier to reason with and maintain now.
  • Add feature to output as text (one URL per line).
  • Add verbose mode to see some console feedback.
  • And finally, add tests with ~95% coverage.

v0.2.0 - 2019-07-31:

  • Allow BASEURL to be piped in also.
  • Refactor some dependencies.

v0.1.1 - 2019-07-27:

  • Bugfix: properly check rootDir before replacing.
  • Add new alias sscli because the original is quite a mouthful.

v0.1.0 - 2019-07-26:

  • Initial release.
  • Built in 10 minutes. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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