Minimal hybrid static/dynamic web framework
Hawese: link and charge actions
README: Made with LeanWeb
Fix: Debian setup improvements



You can also use your local clone with git send-email.


LeanWeb is a minimal hybrid static / dynamic web framework.

LeanWeb is a very lean MVC framework on top of Rack and Tilt that works for static and dynamic content alike. The idea is to build static websites first, but not having to rely on dirty tricks for adding dynamism when needed.

LeanWeb supports every filetype that Tilt supports, when file extension is unknown text will be treated as ERB. Default installation adds HAML as dependency, but you can remove it from the Gemfile.

Great support for Org mode files can be achieved by installing the tilt-emacs_org gem. Notice that it requires Emacs installed.

#Made with LeanWeb

#Developing with LeanWeb

#Getting started

Install the leanweb gem on your system.

Create a new project with leanweb new <project-directory>.

You're ready to go!

  • Place your static files on public/
  • Place your controllers on src/controllers/ (inheriting from LeanWeb::Controller)
  • Place your views on src/views/
  • Setup your routes on routes.rb, check API documentation to know how
  • Setup your Rack middleware on config.ru

You can run a development server with rackup.

You can setup easily for production or development on a Debian machine with the script on contrib/bin/debian_setup.sh.

#API documentation

API documentation is in YARD, you can access a web version on https://leanweb.hacktivista.org. Specially relevant are docs on Route#initialize, Controller#render_response, Controller#default_static_action and Controller#create_template.

#Environment variables

  • LEANWEB_ENDPOINT: Website endpoint, could be useful for emails and Hawese, not used by default.
  • LEANWEB_ROOT_PATH: Defines the route to the project, defaults to current directory.
  • RACK_ENV: If set to development, serves static files and routes too, else it will only serve dynamic routes.
#Hawese (contrib)

Implements payments through a Hawese payment instance.

  • HAWESE_RETURN_URL: defaults to LEANWEB_ENDPOINT/checkout.
#LeanMail (contrib)
  • SMTP_HOST: Where to connect to.
  • SMTP_PORT: Port, optional (default: 25).
  • SMTP_SECURITY: tls or starttls, otherwise no encryption, optional.
  • SMTP_USER: User, optional.
  • SMTP_PASSWORD: Password, optional.
  • SMTP_FROM: In the format Name <user@mail> or user@mail.


Build static files with rake build_static. This might be all you need to do for static websites.

If your website has dynamic routes, serve with rackup -E deployment. Then configure your webserver to serve dynamic routes by listening to port 9292 and static files on public/.


Source code is available on https://git.hacktivista.org/leanweb.

Bug reports and patches are welcome on https://lists.hacktivista.org/hacktivista-dev.


Only tested contributions are accepted.

Run fast tests with rake test. Run all tests with rake test_all.

#Source based installation

Simply run rake install or rake install:local.


Currently using a 0.x.y versioning, where:

  • x: Introduces breaking changes.
  • y: Introduces non-breaking changes.

Once this project reaches version 1 it will follow Semantic Versioning 2.0.0.


LeanWeb is libre software released under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 only. It includes "additional permissions" to make it compatible with a couple of experimental licenses. For more information, refer to the end of the COPYING file.

To comply with license terms, if you modify this software you must prominently provide the means to access the source code of your version of the software easily and free of charge to any person that has access to it, even users which access through a network (i.e. web browser).

Any modification or inclusion of this source code will inherit the same license terms.