Brady Gaster is a Christian dad who lives near Seattle, Washington. At work, he and his amazing colleagues work together to make it fun for .NET developers to party in the cloud. At home, he tinkers with MIDI hardware and makes loud music amidst a hurricane of wires.

downr 3.0

posted one year ago in downr

downr is a very simple blogging engine written for people who like using Markdown to write content and Git to maintain their source code and/or content files. The goals of downr are to create a blogging engine that:

  • Is built using .NET 3.1 so it can run anywhere
  • Feels natural for developer bloggers who use Visual Studio Code to author their content in Markdown
  • Supports being CI/CD'd anywhere
  • Feels natural to .NET developers who frequently use the dotnet CLI
  • Is open source and available on GitHub
  • Is build using Blazor WebAssembly (because why not?)

Getting downr Running Locally

Getting downr running on a development workstation is easy. Open your favorite terminal window and run this:

git clone
cd downr/server
dotnet run

Blogging with downr

Blogging with downr is deliberately very simple - you just write Markdown. downr operates on two conventions - how you organize your markdown and content files and some simple YAML metadata in each post's Markdown file.

Example post structure

Consider this post, the introduction to downr. This post's slug is introducing-downr-3. This post's folder structure on disk looks like this. You place the Markdown files into the Server\wwwroot\posts folder.

|-- introducing-downr-3
    |-- media
        |-- img1.png
        |-- img2.png

This ensures all your posts follow a nice, neat conventional folder structure. Once you have a gaggle of posts published to your site, it'll be all tidy like this:

|-- wwwroot
    |-- posts
        |-- a-post-with-no-pictures
        |-- introducing-downr-3
            |-- media
                |-- img1.png
                |-- img2.png
        |-- some-other-post
            |-- media
                |-- pic1.png
                |-- pic2.png
                |-- pic3.png

Post Metadata

The top section of each Markdown file must contain a YAML header with some simple metadata elements. All of these elements are required. The YAML below demonstrates this convention.

title: Introducing downr
slug: introducing-downr
author: bradygaster
lastModified: 2017-01-06 12:00:00
pubDate: 2017-01-06 12:00:00
categories: downr
description: Each post should have a description for the index page and for the RSS feed

Customizing your site

If you want to customize the style or HTML layout, you have 4 files to edit in the Client folder:

  • appsettings.json
  • Pages/Index.razor
  • Pages/Posts.razor
  • wwwroot/index.html

Site-wide data can be edited using the downr section of appsettings.json. Customize this to change the title and banner of your site.

"Downr": {
    "title" : "downr",
    "rootUrl" : "",
    "pageSize": 2,
    "author": "the downr team",
    "indexPageText": "downr is a dirt-simple blogging tool written for people who like to author their content in markdown"

Obviously, you can customize your site all you want, but if you're simply into blogging with Markdown you never need to look at the source code.


downr was created using these excellent open-source libraries:


Contributions to downr are welcome and encouraged. Fork the downr GitHub repository and submit pull requests to your heart's content.

Naming Disclaimer

Note: Product naming is difficult. I noticed that there were a few other projects out there named similarly to this one. The dotnet markdown blogging tool known as downr has no implied or accidental relationship to any of these other awesome projects.