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I hope this helps you, but I have to be honest: I'm not really working on this anymore, and so I can't rule out that there are things that don't work right etc etc etc. If you want to contribute or fork or anything, please do! But I just don't really have the bandwidth for bugfixes, let alone feature requests! Sorry :(.

Jekyll Mapping

Jekyll mapping is a plugin for Jekyll that takes away the pain of using Google Maps and OpenStreetMap on your site. Here are some of the things it makes it easy to do:

  • Give each piece of content a location, allowing you to:
    • Display a map on each page, showing the location set for the content (perfect if you want to list events on your website, and embed a map showing where they are)
    • Display a map, with a marker for each piece of content linking users through to the page (perfect if you're a business and you want to list all of your locations so that users can click through to the nearest one)
  • Set multiple locations on a single piece of content and map them all (perfect if you want a map showing all of your company's offices)
  • Set a KML layer (or multiple KML layers) on a piece of content and display on a map. This one offers a world of possibilities:
    • Show directions or routes
    • Display up to the minute data coming from a continually updating feed
    • Display data overlays on map as a form of data presentation

If you'd like to take a look and see some examples, visit the GitHub page.

Supported providers

Google static image

    provider: google_static

Embeds a static image, centered on the specifced location, with a marker at the specified location. This provider doesn't have as much flexibilitity, but it's easy to set up

Google JS API

    provider: google_js

Embeds an interactive map using the V3 JS API. Using this requires an API key to be specified within _config.yml (and you'll face usage limits if you don't want to pay money)


    provider: openstreetmap

Uses OpenStreetMap and OpenLayers to provide interactive maps. Doesn't require an API key, and doesn't come with usage limits (but use it responsibly)

Basic usage

To use, include configuration information in _config.yml. At minimum, specify a provider:

    provider: google_static

If desired, set default dimensions for maps and a custom zoom level (the default zoom level is 10):

    provider: openstreetmap
    zoom: 8
        width: 600
        height: 400

If using Google JS API, include an API key:

    provider: google_js
    api_key: 123456
    zoom: 10
        width: 600
        height: 400

Put the contents of '_includes' in your '_includes' directory and the contents of '_plugins' in your '_plugins' directory (or just copy the directories if you don't have those directories yet).

Include the required JavaScript at the foot of your templates:

{% include jekyll_mapping.html %}

Set the relevant values in the YAML front matter of pages and posts:

    latitude: 51.101
    longitude: 0.1

Include the render_map tag in your templates where you'd like the map to appear:

{% render_map %}

Optionally, specify the width for the map here:

{% render_map 500,500 %}

You don't need to wrap the above in any if statements - jekyll-mapping won't output anything if it isn't supposed to.


Further usage

At it's most basic, you can just set a latitude and longitude for a piece of content. In this case, it'll just plot that location on a map. However, you can do some other exciting things too!

Multiple Locations

If you set multiple locations, they'll all be mapped and the map will be zoomed and panned to fit them. You can even set a link on them (and have them link to content). Use like so:

        - title: foo
          latitude: 10
          longitude: 10
        - title: bar
          link: /some/awesome/path
          latitude: -10
          longitude: -10


If you'd like to use KML, you can do that too. Just add 'layers' in a similar fashion:


Right now, multiple locations works for both google_js and openstreetmap. KML definitely works for google_js and should work for openstreetmap, but needs more testing.

Listing content

Use the following tag instead of {% render_map %}:

{% render_index_map %}

This will plot a marker for every post on the site which has a latitude and longitude. Clicking on the marker will take you to the piece of content

Add configuration like so

{% render_index_map 400,400:foo,bar %}

This will render a 400x400 map, and only list posts from the categories 'foo' and 'bar'.

{% render_index_map :foo,bar %}

This will render a map at the default size, listing posts from the categories 'foo' and 'bar'

{% render_index_map 400,400: %}

This will render a 400x400 map, listing posts from all categories.

Future things to do

  • Allow for custom markers to be set (both for the site as a whole and for specific pieces of content)
  • More mapping providers (Bing?)
  • More flexibility (allow specific zoom levels to be set for individual content items, if desired)
  • Any more ideas? Please suggest them.

License and copyright

Copyright 2012 Matthew Owen

Distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see


Easily embed maps on Jekyll sites, with support for Google Maps and OpenStreetMap







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