Install Jekyll and Create a New Project

Will Johnson
InstructorWill Johnson

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Published 2 years ago
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Jekyll is a blog-aware, static site generator written in Ruby.


  • Ruby version 2.5.0 or above
  • RubyGems

Install the Jekyll Ruby gem on macOS quickly with just a few terminal commands and have a blog-aware site running locally.

Will Johnson: [0:01] To get started with Jekyll, type in gem install bundler jekyll. This will install the Jekyll Ruby gem as well as any dependencies you need to run the Jekyll project. Once that is done, use the Jekyll command, new, and the name of the project, let's call it egghead-blog.

[0:26] Then once the project is created, we will cd into it, egghead-blog. Once we are in that file, we will then run the server to see a preview of our site. Let's go bundle exec jekyll serve. The server's running at localhost:4000. If you take a look, it will pull up a Jekyll default theme that's themed after a blog, because the Jekyll platform is blog-aware.