# Getting started¶

## How to Use¶

Initialize

To get started, just run sigal init which will copy an example configuration file in the current directory.

All configuration values have a default; values that are commented out serve to show the default. Default values are specified when modified in this example config file.

Build

After adapting the configuration to your needs, put your images in a sub-directory and run sigal build <your images directory>.

The next time you run sigal build, only the new images will be processed. You can use the -f flag to force the reprocessing of all the images. Images (resp. videos) that are smaller than the size specified by the img_size (resp. video_size) setting will not be resized.

You may also want to know how to specify information about albums and images.

Serve

To visualize your gallery, you can use sigal serve which runs a basic web server. This server should only be used for local browsing, not in production.

Another option is to use the index_in_url = True setting, which will add index.html to the urls to allow browsing without a server.

$sigal build [-h] [-d] [-v] [-f] [-c CONFIG] [-t THEME] [-n NCPU] [source] [destination]  Required arguments: source Input directory destination Output directory (default: _build/) Optional arguments: -h, --help Show this help message and exit -f, --force Force the reprocessing of existing images and thumbnails -v, --verbose Show all messages -d, --debug Show all message, including debug messages -c CONFIG, --config CONFIG Configuration file (default: sigal.conf.py in the current working directory) -t THEME, --theme THEME Specify a theme directory, or a theme name for the themes included with Sigal -n NCPU, --ncpu NCPU Number of cpu to use (default: all) ## Help on the sigal serve command¶ $ sigal serve [-c CONFIG] [-p PORT] [destination]


Optional arguments:

-c CONFIG, --config CONFIG
Configuration file (default: sigal.conf.py in the current working directory)
-p PORT, --port PORT
Port number to start the server on (default: 8000)
destination
Destination directory where the output of build is located (default: _build)