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About Federalist

Federalist is a compliant open source static site web publishing service for the United States federal government. It provides templates for websites and access to cloud-based infrastructure for high-scale hosting, among other features.

The team at 18F builds and maintains it as a service available to federal government agencies. We also use Federalist to host many of our own websites.

Federalist is out of beta and open for business! If you are interested in more information please let us know - or reach out to federalist-inquiries@gsa.gov if you can't access the GSA google form.

Why static websites?

Federalist generates static websites instead of using a more complex content management system (CMS) like Drupal or Wordpress. There are several advantages to static websites:

What can I build with Federalist?

Federalist provides ready-to-use templates for several common website types. You can also use custom website templates based on Jekyll. 18F maintains many Jekyll-based websites that you can fork and adopt.

Possible sites include:

Here are a few examples of Federalist websites in production:

College Scorecard The College Scorecard

18f.gsa.gov 18F Homepage

Getting started

If you have a project that you think would be a good fit for Federalist, please let us know.