Cookie Cutter Flask - Generate Websites with ease

A simple way to generate simple Flask websites. Cookie Cutter Flask is an open-source tool published on Github.

A simple banner with two logos: Flask and Cookie Cutter, the popular open-source generator.
Cookie Cutter Flask - Open-source Tool

Hello! This article presents an open-source tool that we can use to generate simple, yet modern presentation websites on top of Flask Framework. CookieCutter Flask extends the popular CookieCutter command-line tool to build simple Flask projects enhanced with database, authentication, and Docker support using a theme-able approach where the user can select the design during the generation process. ย In the end, without any coding effort, the generator will provide a seed project similar to these LIVE samples:

GIF animated presentation of Material Kit desing, an open-source project generated by CookieCutter Flask tool.
CookieCutter Flask - Material Kit Design

โœจ How It works

CookieCutter tool is a popular open-source generator written in Python that knows how to build software projects using templates and user input. Basically, a codebase or a template project can be customized during the generation process based on the user input. Types of customizations:

  • Project name, author, and license type
  • Decide the database type we will use in our project
  • Inject deployment scripts for Docker
  • Add or remove basic features (authentication, for instance)

In order to use our simple Flask generator, a short-list with tools should be already present in the workstation:

  • Python3 - the language that powers CookieCutter
  • GIT - versioning command-line tool
  • A modern editor like VsCode or Atom

With all the tools properly installed and accessible in the terminal window, we can proceed further with our setup.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ย Step #1 - Install Python modules: CookieCutter and GitPython

$ pip install cookiecutter
$ pip install GitPython
Cookie Cutter Flask - Install Modules

๐Ÿ‘‰ Step #2 - Generate the project via Flask Cookiecutter

$ cookiecutter https://github.com/app-generator/cookiecutter-flask-sites.git
Cookie Cutter Flask - Generate Projects

The most important step is when we select the design:

>>> Select theme:
1 - material-kit
2 - pixel-lite
Choose from 1, 2 [1]: 1      <--- HERE We select the UI
Cookie Cutter Flask - Select Design

As mentioned before, the generator is theme-able and we can choose the design: Pixel Lite or Material Kit. ย 

Pixel Lite - The Freelancer page
A modern, beautiful page provided by Pixel Lite a free project generated by Cookie Cutter Flask tool.
Cookie Cutter Flask - Pixel Lite
Material Kit Website - User Page ย 
A modern page provided by Material Kit a free project generated by Cookie Cutter Flask tool.
Cookie Cutter Flask - Material Kit

Once the Cookie Cutter collects the input from the user, the selected theme is downloaded from Github and the project is generated by taking into account all user options.

After the process is completed, we can compile and start the project using Docker or simply via a manual classic build for a Flask/Python project.

For the complete build instructions, please access the source code published on Github or ask for support via email or Discord. ย 


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