How to install Jekyll on Ubuntu 16.04 or Windows 10 - A Step-by-Step Guide

2017-04-26 07:00:00 -0400 - wiseindy

This guide will show you step by step how to install Jekyll 3.4.3 on a machine running Ubuntu or Windows 10. Jekyll’s official guide is good, but it’s very basic and doesn’t explain how to install Ruby, RubyGems and other dependencies.

What you need:

Step 1:

Skip to step 2 if you’re installing Jekyll on Ubuntu.

To install Jekyll on Windows 10, we need to first enable Windows Subsystem on Linux. Here is a detailed guide that will show you how to do this step-by-step.

Step 2:

We will now install ruby2.3. To do so, we have to first add the brightbox repository. When asked whether you want to confirm adding the repository, hit ENTER to proceed.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:brightbox/ruby-ng
sudo apt-get update

Install ruby2.3

sudo apt-get install ruby2.3 ruby2.3-dev

Now you should have Ruby and RubyGems installed which are the prerequisite for installing Jekyll.

Step 3:

Install GCC and Make

sudo apt-get install gcc make -y

Step 4:

Install Jekyll and Bundler gems

sudo gem install jekyll

Guess what? That’s it. You have Jekyll 3.4.3 installed.

Further information:

Here are some commands from that should get you up and running with a new blog.

# Create a new Jekyll site at ./wiseblog
jekyll new wiseblog

To build this site:

# Change into your new directory
cd wiseblog

# Build the site and preview it
bundle exec jekyll serve

Note: If you’re running Windows, you may get an error when you try to run bundle exec jekyll serve. In this case, simply run it with the --force_polling option as follows:

bundle exec jekyll serve --force_polling

Now you can preview your website on http://localhost:4000


(You can skip this part. This is only for my reference and for anyone who faces a similar issue)

I had to install Nokogiri for my site and was having issues. This is how I solved it.

Below are the installation instructions on

sudo apt-get install build-essential patch
sudo apt-get install ruby-dev zlib1g-dev liblzma-dev
sudo gem install nokogiri

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