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Ognjen Regoje
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Introducing the Front Matter Editor

#electron #front-matter-editor #jekyll #react #typescript

Full screenshot

You enter a directory and (optionally) a filter in the top bar:

Top bar screenshot

The files in the directory that contain the filter are the loaded into a grid:

Grid screenshot

And you can edit the front matter attributes from the grid.

The supported field types are:

  • Number
  • String
  • Boolean
  • Arrays of numbers and strings (comma separated and then trimed)
  • Object (by converting it to JSON)
  • Arrays of objects (also by converting to JSON)

Fields can also be set in bulk.

Grid screenshot

“Find and replace” at the moment is just a popup with showing how to use sed -i 's/original/new/g' *.md to do it.

The grid uses Material UI grid which supports filtering:

Filtering screenshot

And selectively showing columns:

Columns screenshot

What is it good for?

The two use cases I had in mind are:

  • Editing markdown notes
  • Editing Jekyll posts


Clone the repo via git and install dependencies:

git clone https://github.com/ognjenio/front-matter-editor.git
cd front-matter-editor

Then start the app in the dev environment:

yarn start

The app is not yet packaged for production.

What’s it built in

  • React
  • Electron
  • Typescript
  • Material UI

Using the excellent Electron React Boilerplate so some remnants may remain.

Future development

  • Buy and implement XGrid

  • Include files from subdirectories
  • Autocomplete for directory path
  • Saving a directory history for quick access

  • Editing file names

  • Support regular expressions in file filtering

  • Editing content
  • Better JSON editing

  • Select for boolean fields
  • Autocomplete string fields

  • Adding columns

  • Standardize schema

    • Making sure all files have all the attributes
    • Making sure all files that have field that’s supposed to be an array is an array
  • Find and replace

  • Testing
  • Building for production

Contributions welcome.