Jekyll is an awesome static file generator and it is really easy to create a blog with the generator. My current blog is built with Jekyll and you can find the jekyllDecent theme on GitHub.
It only takes minutes to create your own blog and run it on Windows.
- Install a package manager for Windows called Chocolatey
- Install Ruby via Chocolatey:
choco install ruby -y
- Reopen a command prompt and install Jekyll:
gem install jekyll
Setup a Blog
- Open a command prompt at
- Create a blog
jekyll new myBlog
- Change the location
- Use the command
jekyll sto serve/host the blog
Now you can browse to http://127.0.0.1:4000 and visit your new blog. If you like to start changing your blog, I recommend you have a look at the Jekyll getting started guide.
GitHub pages and plugins
If you like what you saw you might know that you can host your blog on GitHub pages.
GitHub Pages is deeply integrated with Jekyll, a popular static site generator designed for blogging and software documentation, [..]
GitHub will automatically generate your blog if you deploy the source code to the
gh-pages branch of your repository. But the thing with GitHub is that you cannot run any plugin that is available for Jekyll. GitHub only allows a few plugins to run. GitHub has bundled the available plugins into a Ruby gem that can be installed via command line. The problem on Windows (x64) is that this is the point there it gets complicated.
How to install github-gem
I assume that you have installed Chocolatey on your system. If you have a version of Ruby installed already you need to uninstall it. We need a specific version!
Install Ruby and Ruby development kit
Open a elevated command prompt and execute the following commands:
choco install ruby -version 2.2.4
- Reopen an elevated command prompt
choco install ruby2.devkit- needed for compilation of json gem
Configure Ruby development kit
The development kit did not set the environment path for Ruby so we need to do it.
- Open command prompt in
ruby dk.rb initto create a file called
- Edit the
config.ymlfile and include the path to Ruby
- Execute the following command to set the path:
ruby dk.rb install
Nokogiri gem installation
This gem is also needed in the github-gem. Continue with the next step and if you get errors about Nokogiri follow this steps.
Note: In the current pre release it works out of the box with Windows x64 but this version is not referenced in the github-gem.
cinst -Source "https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=230477" libxml2
cinst -Source "https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=230477" libxslt
cinst -Source "https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=230477" libiconv
gem install nokogiri --^ --with-xml2-include=C:\Chocolatey\lib\libxml184.108.40.206.7\build\native\include^ --with-xml2-lib=C:\Chocolatey\lib\libxml2.redist.220.127.116.11\build\native\bin\v110\x64\Release\dynamic\cdecl^ --with-iconv-include=C:\Chocolatey\lib\libiconv.18.104.22.168\build\native\include^ --with-iconv-lib=C:\Chocolatey\lib\libiconv.redist.22.214.171.124\build\native\bin\v110\x64\Release\dynamic\cdecl^ --with-xslt-include=C:\Chocolatey\lib\libxslt.126.96.36.199\build\native\include^ --with-xslt-lib=C:\Chocolatey\lib\libxslt.redist.188.8.131.52\build\native\bin\v110\x64\Release\dynamic
- Open command prompt and install Bundler:
gem install bundler
- Create a file called
Gemfilewithout any extension in your root directory of your blog
- Copy & past the two lines into the file:
source 'http://rubygems.org' gem 'github-pages'
- Note: We use an unsecure connection because SSL throws exceptions in the version of Ruby
- Open a command prompt in your root directory
- Install github-pages:
After this process you should have github-pages installed on your system and you can host your blog again with
There will be a warning on startup that you should include
gem 'wdm', '>= 0.1.0' if Gem.win_platform? to your
Gemfile but I could not get
jekyll s working if I include that line so for the moment I ignore that warning.
If you can wait 2-3 months, the installation process of the github-gem should be as simple as the setup of the blog. But as long as the new version of the Nokogiri (v1.6.8) is not stable and referenced it is work to get it up and running on Windows.