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System Requirements

PHP 7.1+ is required, and the php environment requires php-curl, php-mbstring & php-ctype.

From Source

Clone the contents of this repository, then copy the *.php and the composer.* files into your sites output folder. If your Static Site Generator wipes the output folder on each run, then there will be some way to make these files be copied on each run -- Hugo, for example, uses the static folder.

Since the 1.2 release, nanopub requires the use of Composer. Getting it to do all the things I wanted it to do was getting way beyond my skill level. Install the dependencies with

$ composer install

If composer complains about outdated dependencies, just ignore that, the dependencies are set in the composer.lock file.

From .zip

Download the release .zip file from here. Unzip, and place the contents in your site's output folder.


Then edit the included configs.php file to enable various features. The full file, including comments is as follows:

	// First some settings for the site
	'siteUrl' => '',			// the URL for your site - note trailing slash
	'timezone' => 'Europe/London',				//
	'mediaPoint' => '',		// Micropub Media Endpoin
        'tokenPoint' => '',	// IndieAuth Token Endpoint
	'storageFolder' => '../content',			// the folder to store the posts in
	'trashFolder' => '../trash',				// the folder to move removed posts into
	// Config Block for Twitter -- Used only for XRay for rich context replies
	'twAPIkey' => 'WomtvR2YoT',				// Create an app on for your account.
	'twAPIsecret' => 'NILIDJXg1e',				// APIkey & APIsecret are the APP's key & Secret
	'twUserKey' => 'ILs4jUS7a6',				// UserKey & User Secret are under 'Your access token'
	'twUserSecret' => 'NYbGUfuNUh',				// Generate those on

	// Config Block for Mastodon
	'mastodonInstance' => 'servername.ext',			// your Mastodon Instance
	'mastodonToken' => 'uWo42Bca91',			// get an auth code using Mastodon docs

	// Config for
	'pingMicro' => True, 					// Set to False (boolean) if you don't use
	'siteFeed' => '',		// Set to your site's RSS/Atom Feed to notify

	// Config for Weather. If you do want weather feature, set to true 
	// The tracker system that the author has used is Aaron Parecki's [Compass](
	// but other systems are available.
	// This also uses DarkSky's API to get the actual weather data.
	'weatherToggle' => false,
	'compass' => '',
	'compassKey' => 'PrivateAPIkey',
	'forecastKey' => 'DarkSkyApiKey',
	'defaultLat' => '51.5074',
	'defaultLong' => '0.1278',
	'defaultLoc' => 'London',

	// Set Frontmatter Format -- json or yaml
	'frontFormat' => 'json'


  • Mastodon Keys are more command-line driven, but relatively straightforward. See the Mastodon API documentation
  • As Mastodon is a federated network, you do need to explicitly specify your Mastodon Instance.
  • If using the function, you need to specify your site's rss/atom feed.
  • To use the weather data, you'll need to add access data for a location-tracking endpoint (like a self-hosted version of Compass) and a DarkSky API Key
  • Twitter Keys can be obtained using the Create New App on twitter.
  • Since 1.5, you can configure the frontmatter format for your posts. Currently the options are json, used in Hugo, or yaml, optionally used in Hugo, but required by other static engines such as Jekyll or Metalsmith. This could be used with other generators, such as Pelican, but the script would need to be changed to meet their specific format requirements.

You will need to set your site up with the requisite micropub-enabling headers to:

  • Use an identity/token service for user authentication (the configs file uses IndieAuth)
  • Identify nanopub.php as your site's micropub endpoint

On my site, these headers are provided as follows:

<!-- indieweb components  -->
  <link rel="authorization_endpoint" href="" />
  <link rel="token_endpoint" href="" />
  <link rel="micropub" href="" />

Data Structure

The location of the data store - where the script places your posts - is set with the storageFolder and trashFolder config options. This can be set relative to the working directory, or to an absolute path. On my site, I have configured the data store as follows:-

|-- output
|-- content
|    |-- micro
|    |-- article
|    |-- like
|    |-- link
|-- trash