pycategories - Builds a list of categories....


Walks through your blog root figuring out all the categories you have and how many entries are in each category. It generates html with this information and stores it in the $(categorylinks) variable which you can use in your head or foot templates.


This plugin comes with Pyblosxom. To install, do the following:

  1. Add Pyblosxom.plugins.pycategories to the load_plugins list in your file.
  2. Add $(categorylinks) to your head and/or foot templates.


You can format the output by setting category_begin, category_item, and category_end properties.

Categories exist in a hierarchy. category_start starts the category listing and is only used at the very beginning. The category_begin property begins a new category group and the category_end property ends that category group. The category_item property is the template for each category item. Then after all the categories are printed, category_finish ends the category listing.

For example, the following properties will use <ul> to open a category, </ul> to close a category and <li> for each item:

py["category_start"] = "<ul>"
py["category_begin"] = "<li><ul>"
py["category_item"] = (
    r'<li><a href="%(base_url)s/%(category_urlencoded)sindex">'
py["category_end"] = "</li></ul>"
py["category_finish"] = "</ul>"

Another example, the following properties don’t have a begin or an end but instead use indentation for links and displays the number of entries in that category:

py["category_start"] = ""
py["category_begin"] = ""
py["category_item"] = (
    r'%(indent)s<a href="%(base_url)s/%(category_urlencoded)sindex">'
    r'%(category)s</a> (%(count)d)<br />')
py["category_end"] = ""
py["category_finish"] = ""

There are no variables available in the category_begin or category_end templates.

Available variables in the category_item template:

variable example datatype
base_url string
fullcategory_urlencoded ‘dev/pyblosxom/status/’ string
fullcategory ‘dev/pyblosxom/status/’ string (urlencoded)
category ‘status/’ string
category_urlencoded ‘status/’ string (urlencoed)
flavour ‘html’ string
count 70 int
indent ‘&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;’ string


Plugin is distributed under license: MIT