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So you've got an awesome idea to throw into Jekyll. Great! Please keep the following in mind:

  • Contributions will not be accepted without tests.
  • If you're creating a small fix or patch to an existing feature, just a simple test will do. Please stay in the confines of the current test suite and use Shoulda and RR.
  • If it's a brand new feature, make sure to create a new Cucumber feature and reuse steps where appropriate. Also, whipping up some documentation in your fork's wiki would be appreciated, and once merged it will be transferred over to the main wiki.
  • If your contribution changes any Jekyll behavior, make sure to update the documentation. It lives in site/_posts. If the docs are missing information, please feel free to add it in. Great docs make a great project!
  • Please follow the Github Ruby Styleguide when modifying Ruby code.

Test Dependencies

To run the test suite and build the gem you'll need to install Jekyll's dependencies. Jekyll uses Bundler, so a quick run of the bundle command and you're all set!

$ bundle

Before you start, run the tests and make sure that they pass (to confirm your environment is configured properly):

$ rake test
$ rake features


Here's the most direct way to get your work merged into the project:

  • Fork the project.
  • Clone down your fork ( git clone git://<username>/jekyll.git ).
  • Create a topic branch to contain your change ( git checkout -b my_awesome_feature ).
  • Hack away, add tests. Not necessarily in that order.
  • Make sure everything still passes by running rake.
  • If necessary, rebase your commits into logical chunks, without errors.
  • Push the branch up ( git push origin my_awesome_feature ).
  • Create a pull request against mojombo/jekyll and describe what your change does and the why you think it should be merged.


  • If you want to bump the gem version, please put that in a separate commit. This way, the maintainers can control when the gem gets released.
  • Try to keep your patch(es) based from the latest commit on mojombo/jekyll. The easier it is to apply your work, the less work the maintainers have to do, which is always a good thing.
  • Please don't tag your GitHub issue with [fix], [feature], etc. The maintainers actively read the issues and will label it once they come across it.


Thanks! Hacking on Jekyll should be fun. If you find any of this hard to figure out, let us know so we can improve our process or documentation!

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