IMDb to Hugo Markdown

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By definition, a static page generator does not support dynamic data.

Here I implement a solution that generates Markdown files for the Hugo page generator.


I have used the IMDb service for years. I rate every movie I watch and use it as a reminder to myself of what movies I need to watch and which movies I have watched. (See Currently my list is well over 650 movies and counting. IMDb allows for exporting the list to CSV format, the CSV file

The following fields are avaible in the CSV file.

Field Description
Const IMDb identifier
Your Rating Your rating (0-10)
Date Rated Date rated (YYYY-MM-DD)
Title -
URL Direct URL to the IMDb page
Title Type Movie/TV Series/TV Episode/TV Mini Series/TV Movie/TV Special/TV Short/Video Game/Video/Short
IMDb Rating Average IMDb Rating (0-10 with 1 digit)
Runtime (mins) -
Year Release year.
Genres Comma separated list of genres
Num Votes Number of votes
Release Date Official release date (YYYY-MM-DD)
Directors In quotes and comma separated if more than one.


I opted to use PHP for the implementation and the composer package manager.

Software Engineer

Electronic engineer with a strong focus on embedded software development.