Playing with Github pages and Jekyll

Aug 22nd, 2013

Installing and using Jekyll in five minutes.

As I’m often installing Ubuntu boxes, I needed a quick reminder to setup jekyll. This is how to get Jekyll running for Github pages in five minutes.

Installing ruby and gems

We install ruby 1.9.3 and Gems.

# Ubuntu 12.04
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.1 ruby1.9.1-dev \
  rubygems1.9.1 irb1.9.1 ri1.9.1 rdoc1.9.1 \
  build-essential libopenssl-ruby1.9.1 libssl-dev zlib1g-dev
# Ubuntu 14.04
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ruby ruby1.9.1-dev ri1.9.1 node-js

If you already have ruby 1.8 on your machine, your may encounter difficulties to make Jekyll work. Look at Leonard Ehrenfried’s blog for a quick fix.


This gem will help update gems with a one line command.

sudo gem install bundler


sudo gem install jekyll

Generate files default structure

# go to your working folder
cd /whereourfileslives
# create a new site in this folder
jekyll new .

Et hop ! You have your new website structure.

In order to build your site the Github page way, you need the Gem. Just create a Gemfile file at the root, containing :

source ''
gem 'github-pages'

Install github-pages gem

bundle install

You are now ready to use Jekyll.

Generating static pages

As this default site already contains a post you can already build your static site.

jekyll build

This will create a site folder containing all necessary files for your site.

You can now point a virtual hosts to whereourfileslives/_site and see the magic.

See Github pages documentation for more info to setup your site and Jekyll site to quickly build a nice static marvel.

Some permissions

find whereourfileslives/ -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
find whereourfileslives/ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;


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