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Jekyll Remote Theme

Jekyll plugin for building Jekyll sites with any public GitHub-hosted theme

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  1. Add the following to your Gemfile
gem "jekyll-remote-theme"

and run bundle install to install the plugin

  1. Add the following to your site's _config.yml to activate the plugin
  - jekyll-remote-theme

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

  1. Add the following to your site's _config.yml to choose your theme
remote_theme: benbalter/retlab

or 1

remote_theme: http[s]://github.<Enterprise>.com/benbalter/retlab

1 The codeload subdomain needs to be available on your github enterprise instance for this to work.

Declaring your theme

Remote themes are specified by the remote_theme key in the site's config.

For public GitHub, remote themes must be in the form of OWNER/REPOSITORY, and must represent a public GitHub-hosted Jekyll theme. See the Jekyll documentation for more information on authoring a theme. Note that you do not need to upload the gem to RubyGems or include a .gemspec file.

You may also optionally specify a branch, tag, or commit to use by appending an @ and the Git ref (e.g., benbalter/retlab@v1.0.0 or benbalter/retlab@develop). If you don't specify a Git ref, the HEAD ref will be used.

For Enterprise GitHub, remote themes must be in the form of http[s]://, and must represent a public (non-private repository) GitHub-hosted Jekyll theme. Other than requiring the fully qualified domain name of the enterprise GitHub instance, this works exactly the same as the public usage.


Adding --verbose to the build or serve command may provide additional information.