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Jekyll is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator for personal, project, or organization sites. Written in Ruby by Tom Preston-Werner, GitHub's co-founder, it is distributed under an open source license.

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Developer(s) Tom Preston-Werner, Nick Quaranto, Parker Moore
Stable release
3.7.0 (2018-01-02)
Written in Ruby
Operating system Cross-platform
Platform Web
Type Blog publishing system
License MIT License



Jekyll was first released by Tom Preston-Werner in 2008.[1] With Preston-Werner's departure from GitHub in April 2014, the project lost its lead developer.[2]

Jekyll started a web development trend towards static websites.[3]


Instead of using databases, Jekyll takes the content, renders Markdown or Textile and Liquid templates,[4] and produces a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache HTTP Server, Nginx or another web server.[5] Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages,[6] a GitHub feature that allows users to host websites based on their GitHub repositories.

Jekyll is flexible and can be used in combination with front-end frameworks such as Bootstrap,[7] Semantic UI and many others.

Jekyll sites can be connected to cloud-based CMS software such as CloudCannon, Forestry, Netlify or Siteleaf, enabling content editors to modify site content without having to know how to code.


According to Jekyll's "README" file,

it does what you tell it to do, no more, no less. It doesn't try to outsmart users by making bold assumptions, nor does it burden them with needless complexity and configuration. Put simply, Jekyll gets out of your way and allows you to concentrate on what truly matters: your content.


  1. ^ Preston-Werner, Tom (2008-11-17). "Blogging Like a Hacker". Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  2. ^ Orsini, Lauren (2014-04-21). "What Tom Preston-Werner's Departure Means For GitHub". ReadWrite. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  3. ^ Christensen, Mathias Biilmann (2015-11-16). "Static Website Generators Reviewed: Jekyll, Middleman, Roots, Hugo". Smashing Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
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  5. ^ "README.markdown for Jekyll software". Jekyll's authors. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "GitHub Pages". Jekyll's authors. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Patton, Tony (2014-07-16). "Build full-featured sites with Jekyll, Bootstrap, and GitHub". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

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