WPXR to static

WordPress eXtended RSS to Static Site Generator Conversion


No longer maintained. Recent reports (https://github.com/danielfdickinson/wpxr-to-static/issues/3 and https://github.com/danielfdickinson/wpxr-to-static/issues/2) indicate it doesn’t work with current WordPress.


Python3 program to convert WordPress XML Export (WPXR) format files to Hugo Markdown files (with YAML metadata).

The latest version can be downloaded from https://github.com/danielfdickinson/wpxr-to-static.

This program is called wpxr-to-static because it is hoped (but not tested) that one could convert to other static generation systems simply by modifying the data models in the configuration files.


Inspired by “ExitWP for Hugo” by Arjan Wooning, which was a port of Thomas Frössman’s ExitWP tool (for Jekyll). wpxr-to-static is not a port of “ExitWP for Hugo”, but a completely new program. However, “ExitWP for Hugo” served as an excellent educational guide and testbed for understanding the ElementTree (Python standard library module used to parse the WPXR file) result of parsing the WPXR file as well as the internal tree structure created by parsing the ‘config.yaml’ file.


  • Python 3.8 or 3.9 (lower Python 3.x may work but are untested).
  • html5lib
  • markdownify
  • PyYAML
  • toml
  • urllib3



Obtain the Program: Option 1 (Archive)

Download a ZIP file containing the Python script from Github or download a .tar.gz file containing the Python script from Github

Obtain the Program: Option 2 (Git clone)

Clone the source from WPXR by Daniel F. Dickinson on Github

git clone https://github.com/danielfdickinson/wpxr-to-static.git

Obtain the Dependencies

In the directory resulting from extracting the .zip or the .tar.gz, or from cloning, issue:

pip install --user -r requirements.txt


Before you run the migration script, update the config.yaml file to specify how and what to migrate from your Wordpress export.

First, make the files easy to find:

  1. Copy the config.yaml file included in wpxr-to-static from the extracted .zip or .tar.gz, or cloned directory to a convenient location.
  2. If you want to change the ‘data model’ you can also copy hugo_data_model.yaml to a location of your choice (not necessarily the same as config.yaml)

Next, update the config.yaml file.

As the comments in config.yaml indicate, the defaults are present in the config.yaml as commented out entries. Uncomment lines to make the script work, and optionally change some of the configuration settings of interest (see next section).

Some Configuration Settings of Particular Interest

These are configuration settings that you likely want to update in config.yaml.

data_models: A configuration file defining the mapping of the WPXR XML tags and contents to an intermediate form used to create a combination of YAML frontmatter and Markdown files for each post or page, and a config.toml for the site.

wpxr_file: Sets the location and name of the source WPXR (WordPress Xml) file.

build_dir: Where output is stored (aka target dir). If relative, is relative to the current working directly when you execute wpxr-to-static.

download_content_images: Whether to downloads images from the WordPress site into the target directory.

image_origin_local_path: If set, wpxr-to-static will look here first for an image file and only download the image if is not already present. Downloads are placed in this path.

item_type_filter: A YAML list of item types (as defined later) to exclude from the output.

rename_files: A YAML map of target-field-name: original-field-name pairs

fields_value_replace: A YAML map of maps that lists fields with maps of regexp-to-replace: regexp-substitution pairs.

Data Model Definition



Run the script to convert your Wordpress XML file(s).

Note: A configuration file and data model in the location specified in the config file are required to run the script.

Option 1: config.yaml in Current Directory





Note Instead of config.yaml, you can also use config.toml.

Option 2: config.yaml in another location


/path/to/wpxr-to-static.py /another/path/to/config.yaml


C:\path\to\wxpr-to-static.py C:\another\path\to\config.yaml

Note: You can substitute any name.yaml or name.toml for config.yaml.


yaml2toml.py is a very simple YAML to TOML converter.


wpxr-to-static - WordPress eXtended RSS to Static Site Generator Conversion

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