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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 currently under active development. We are working with a select list of partners to test the platform and launch new websites. If you are interested in more information please let us know - or reach out to 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 Homepage

Getting started

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