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jekyll-asset-post-processor

Process then suffix your Jekyll assets with cache busting version hashes

How It Works

jekyll-asset-post-processor takes a given asset, renders/processes it, suffixes a version hash based on it's contents and name, and then bundles it in your website's final build. It was built for cache busting with these core concepts in mind:

  • Work with all assets: CSS, JS, images, videos, etc.
  • Produce a version hash that's consistent across environments and is Git friendly.
  • The ability to import assets within HTML and Sass files.
  • Simple to setup and use, matching Jekyll's simplicity.
  • No inline templates: you handle the code, the plugin handles the assets.
  • Fully compatible with jekyll serve.
  • Extendable with custom processors.

Used in production at darcysupply.com.

Usage

A single tag imports an asset, which in turn returns the new relative path to the bundled asset. {% process_asset _assets/css/style.scss %} = /assets/css/style-cdb523590dafe38b9df14dde169125a4.css

The tag can be used in any HTML or Sass file and even supports Liquid variables, filters, and tags. An asset is only rendered and bundled once, meaning you can include an asset more than once across multiple files without conflicts.

HTML

Because Liquid variables are supported, you can pass a page provided variable as the input asset.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="{% process_asset {{ page.stylesheet }} %}">

Sass / SCSS

Sass files are parsed with Liquid, rendered with sassc, and then minified.

Sass files inherit the static Liquid variables from the page that imported it. In cases where a file is imported more than once, the variables present will be from the first page that imported it.

.app-glyph {
    background-image: url("{% process_asset _assets/img/app-icon.png %} ")
}

Version Hashing

The module creates an MD5 digest hash based on the final rendered contents of the file. This makes the version hash consistent across environments, especially since Git doesn't preserve modification dates, and means on CDN deploy the only new assets that get updated are the ones that have changed.

Setup

  1. Add gem "jekyll-asset-post-processor" to your Gemfile and run bundle install.
  2. Add jekyll-asset-post-processor to plugins in _config.yml
plugins:
    - jekyll-asset-post-processor

Config

jekyll-asset-post-processor can be further configured in your Jekyll _config.yml.

asset-post-processor:
    - staging_path: "_staging"
    - destination_path: "assets"
Name Description Default
staging_path The temporary directory where bundled assets are stored before being moved to the final build. The plugin will automatically add this file to Jekyll's excluded list, you should also add it to your .gitignore if necessary. _staging
destination_path The root directory in the site's final build (_site) where the bundled assets should be stored. assets

Custom Processors

You can write your own processor for a specified file extension, find full documentation within the class definition. The Sass processor is a fully working, in-production example.

Acknowledgements

Parts of the Jekyll code and architectural choices come from jekyll-asset-pipeline, thanks to Matt Hodan and other contributors of the project.

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jekyll-asset-post-processor is maintained by Darcy. We make apps, come check us out.

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