Jekyll Optional Front Matter
A Jekyll plugin to make front matter optional for Markdown files
What it does
Out of the box, Jekyll requires that any markdown file have YAML front matter (key/value pairs separated by two sets of three dashes) in order to be processed and converted to HTML.
While that behavior may be helpful for large, complex sites, sometimes it's easier to simply add a plain markdown file and have it render without fanfare.
This plugin does just that. Any Markdown file in your site's source will be treated as a Page and rendered as HTML, even if it doesn't have YAML front matter.
Add the following to your site's Gemfile:
Install with Gem or Bundler
$ gem install jekyll-optional-front-matter # May need sudo
If the above does not work try:
$ bundler install jekyll-optional-front-matter # May need sudo
Add the following to your site's config file:
plugins: - jekyll-optional-front-matter
Note: If you are using a Jekyll version less than 3.5.0, use the
gems key instead of
One potential gotcha
In order to preserve backwards compatibility, the plugin does not recognize a short list of common meta files.
If you want Markdown files like your README, CONTRIBUTING file, CODE_OF_CONDUCT, or LICENSE, etc., you'll need to explicitly add YAML front matter to the file, or add it to your config's list of
include files, e.g.:
include: - CONTRIBUTING.md - README.md
You can configure this plugin in
_config.yml by adding to the
By default the original markdown files will be included as static pages in the output. To remove them from the output, set the
remove_originals key to
optional_front_matter: remove_originals: true
Even if the plugin is enabled (e.g., via the
:jekyll_plugins group in your Gemfile) you can disable it by adding the following to your site's config:
optional_front_matter: enabled: false