Front Matter is an essential Visual Studio Code extension that simplifies working and managing your markdown articles. We created the extension to support many static-site generators like Hugo, Jekyll, Hexo, NextJs, Gatsby, and more.

The extension brings Content Management System (CMS) capabilities straight within Visual Studio Code. For example, you can keep a list of the used tags, categories, create content, and so much more.

Welcome screen

Our main extension features are:

  • Page dashboard where you can get an overview of all your markdown pages. You can use it to search, filter, sort your contents.
  • Site preview within Visual Studio Code
  • SEO checks for title, description, and keywords
  • Support for custom actions/scripts
  • and many more

Site preview

Why Front Matter?

Initially, the Front Matter extension was created when Elio Struyf migrated from WordPress to Hugo (Static Site Generator). To make content management more straightforward, he started to develop the Front Matter extension. He added more features regularly, and eventually, it became a headless CMS that runs within Visual Studio Code.


We believe that Front Matter gives you the following advantages:


It just runs on your machine. There are no servers/websites/APIs involved in the process. Nothing can beat this.

Use it within Visual Studio Code

You do not need to jump from tool to tool. Just use the one that you like the most, which is, of course, Visual Studio Code.


Almost all of the Front Matter features are customizable by the extension of its settings. These settings make sure that you can tweak it to your needs.


We know that not every site is the same. That is why we allow you to add your custom scripts. These scripts will show up as actions in our panel and could take your content management to the next level.

Example: Generate open graph preview image in Code with Front Matter


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