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Jekyll Basics

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Check out the Jekyll docs for more info on how to get the most out of Jekyll. File all bugs/feature requests at Jekyll’s GitHub repo. If you have questions, you can ask them on Jekyll Talk.

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Guide to basic Jekyll

Jekyll Install How-To

Install Instructions

gem update --system
  • Install Jekyll
gem install jekyll
  • Test Jekyll
jekyll --version
gem list jekyll
  • Install bundler
gem install bundler

Bundler is a gem that manages other Ruby gems. It makes sure your gems and gem versions are compatible, and that you have all necessary dependencies each gem requires.

  • Create a new site
# Create a new Jekyll site at ./myblog
~ $ jekyll new myblog

# Change into your new directory
~ $ cd myblog

Jekyll installs a site that uses a gem-based theme called Minima.

With gem-based themes, some of the site’s directories (such as the assets, _layouts,_includes, and _sass directories) are stored in the theme’s gem, hidden from your immediate view. Yet all of the necessary directories will be read and processed during Jekyll’s build process.

  • Build site locally
# Build the site on the preview server
~/myblog $ bundle exec jekyll serve

Now browse to localhost:4000

Jekyll Quickstart

When you run bundle exec jekyll serve, Bundler uses the gems and versions as specified in Gemfile.lock to ensure your Jekyll site builds with no compatibility or dependency conflicts.

The Gemfile and Gemfile.lock files inform Bundler about the gem requirements in your site. If your site doesn’t have these Gemfiles, you can omit bundle exec and just run jekyll serve.

$ jekyll build
# => The current folder will be generated into ./_site

$ jekyll serve
# => A development server will run at https://localhost:4000/
# Auto-regeneration: enabled. Use `--no-watch` to disable.


$ gem install jekyll-sitemap
$ gem install jekyll-feed

Add to _config.yml

  - jekyll-paginate
  - jekyll-feed
  - jekyll-sitemap

# Custom Search

[Adding a custom Google search](

# Themes

[Theme documentation](

To change theme, search for jekyll theme on [RubyGems]( to find other gem-based themes.

Add the theme to your site’s Gemfile:

gem "jekyll-theme-tactile"
$ bundle install

# check proper install
$ bundle show jekyll-theme-tactile

Add the following to your site’s _config.yml to activate the theme:

theme: jekyll-theme-tactile

Build your site:

bundle exec jekyll serve

You can find out info about customizing your Jekyll theme, as well as basic Jekyll usage documentation at

You can find the source code for the Jekyll minima theme at: minima

You’ll find this post in your _posts directory. Go ahead and edit it and re-build the site to see your changes. You can rebuild the site in many different ways, but the most common way is to run jekyll serve, which launches a web server and auto-regenerates your site when a file is updated.

To add new posts, simply add a file in the _posts directory that follows the convention YYYY-MM-DD-name-of-post.ext and includes the necessary front matter. Take a look at the source for this post to get an idea about how it works.

Jekyll also offers powerful support for code snippets:

{% highlight ruby %}
def print_hi(name)
  puts "Hi, #{name}"
# => prints 'Hi, Tom' to STDOUT.
{% endhighlight %}