Configuring the Pagefind CLI

The Pagefind CLI has the following options:

For configuring the Pagefind search in the browser, see Pagefind Search Config. For configuring the Pagefind UI, see Pagefind UI.

#Required arguments

#Source

The location of your built static site.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--source <SOURCE> PAGEFIND_SOURCE source

#Optional arguments

#Serve

Serve the source directory after creating the search index. Useful for testing search on a local build of your site without having to serve the source directory manually.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--serve PAGEFIND_SERVE serve

#Bundle directory

The folder to output search files into, relative to source. Defaults to _pagefind.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--bundle-dir <DIR> PAGEFIND_BUNDLE_DIR bundle_dir

#Root selector

The element that Pagefind should treat as the root of the document. Defaults to html.

Note that filters and metadata outside of this selector will not be detected, all Pagefind behaviour will be limited to this element and below. In most cases, you should use the data-pagefind-body attribute detailed in Customizing the index.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--root-selector <S> PAGEFIND_ROOT_SELECTOR root_selector

#Glob

Configures the glob used by Pagefind to discover HTML files. Defaults to **/*.{html}.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--glob <GLOB> PAGEFIND_GLOB glob

#Force Language

Ignores any detected languages and creates a single index for the entire site as the provided language. Expects an ISO 639-1 code, such as en or pt.

See Multilingual search for more details.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--force-language <LANG> PAGEFIND_FORCE_LANGUAGE force_language

#Verbose

Prints extra logging while indexing the site. Only affects the CLI, does not impact web-facing search.

CLI Flag ENV Variable Config Key
--verbose PAGEFIND_VERBOSE verbose