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Liquid tag for adding version numbers to Sass and Javascript file includes for a Jekyll site per the recommendation of HTML5 Boilerplate.

This tag generates a version number based on the last modified time of a javascript or scss file (and its included partials) and inserts it into the appropriate <script> or <link> tag. For instance, for a Sass file named main.scss it will generate a <link> pointing to main.20140904121212.css, where '20140904121212' is the last modified time of the main.scss file on the file system.


{% include_scss main %}
{% include_js main %}

Will return:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/main.20140904111838.css">
<script defer src="/js/main.20140903232620.js"></script>

This does not actually create a file named main.20140903232620.js in the Jekyll build process, instead it uses mod_rewrite on apache to redirect all requests for main.*.js to main.js. This allows the browser to cache the file for essentially forever (1 year), because a change to the file from the web developer's perspective will result in a new version, which will prompt a re-download.


  1. Copy jekyll-static-version-tag.rb to your _plugins directory.
  2. Add the following to your .htaccess or apache conf:
<IfModule mod_expires.c>

    ExpiresActive on
    ExpiresDefault                                      "access plus 1 month"

  # CSS
    ExpiresByType text/css                              "access plus 1 year"

  # JavaScript
    ExpiresByType application/javascript                "access plus 1 year"
  # Other filetypes go here...

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
   RewriteRule ^(.+)\.(\d+)\.(js|css|png|jpe?g|gif)$ $1.$3 [L]

For more information on these settings, see the .htaccess file from the HTML5 Boilerplate project.


This tag is very loosely based on the source code in this article Blogging With Jekyll, Haml, Sass, and Jammit by Mike Ferrier.


Liquid tag for adding version numbers to Sass and Javascript includes for a Jekyll site




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