Folder Structure

When you start your first Lektor project it's important to understand how data is structured on the file system. A Lektor project is a folder on the file system with a project file and a well defined structure.

The most basic layout looks like this:


There are a few more folders that play a role and plugins can add even more.

Project File

The project file holds the main configuration of the project and is used to identify the project for the user interface. The name does not matter but it needs to have the .lektorproject extension. For more information about that see Project File.



The content folder is named content and contains all the sources that are built into the final project. Each folder within corresponds to a record and the data of it is stored in the file by the name within which is a Lektor content file. All other files are considered attachments.

Here is a basic example layout to get an idea how this can look like:


The content folder is explained in detail in Content.


This is the bread and butter of what makes Lektor powerful. The models define exactly how the data from the content folder should be processed. The models folder contains a list of INI files that each correspond to a single model.

For more information about this refer to the Data Modelling documentation.


Each model corresponds to a template from the templates folder. So if you have a model named page the file named page.html from the templates folder will then be used to render it.


Whatever is stored in the assets folder is copied over verbatim to the final result. So if you put a folder named css in there with all your static CSS files they will appear as such in the final output.

This folder is not just useful for static files that are stylesheets or scripts, but because it overlays the entire website you can also use it to store things such as favicon.ico, .htaccess or similar things.


The flowblocks folder contains models for blocks that are used by the Flow System. Flow blocks split a part of a page into smaller pieces so those could be individually designed. They work similar to models but are contained within a field of a model.


For local plugin development the packages/ folder can be used. Any plugin stored in there is automatically activated in the system.


This folder (configs/) contains plugin specific config files. All the files in there are named <plugin-id>.ini.


Lektor also supports Data Bags which go into a folder named databags/. These are files with some general information that can be accessed from templates. For instance you could store menus and navigations there, API keys and much more. This is generally just information you want to access from different places and maybe not keep in templates directly.