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Jekyll Readme Index

A Jekyll plugin to render a project's README as the site's index.

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What it does

Let's say you have a GitHub repository with a file, that you'd like to use as the index (main page) for a GitHub Pages site. You could rename the file to, but then it wouldn't render on You could add YAML front matter with permalink: / to the README, but why force a human to do what Jekyll can automate?

If you have a readme file, and your site doesn't otherwise have an index file, this plugin instructs Jekyll to use the readme as the site's index. That's it. No more, no less.


  1. Add the following to your Gemfile
gem "jekyll-readme-index"
  1. Add the follow to your site's config
  - jekyll-readme-index

Note: If you are using a Jekyll version less than 3.5.0, use the gems key instead of plugins.


Configuration options are optional are placed in _config.yml under the readme_index key. They default to:

  enabled:          true
  remove_originals: false
  with_frontmatter: false

Removing originals

By default the original README markdown files will be included as static pages in the output. To remove them from the output, set the remove_originals key to true.


Even if the plugin is enabled (e.g., via the :jekyll_plugins group in your Gemfile) you can disable it by setting the enabled key to false.