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Jekyll Purgecss

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A Jekyll plugin for Purgecss.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'jekyll-purgecss'

And then add this line to your application's _config.yml:

# _config.yml

  - jekyll-purgecss

css_dir: "<css_dir>" # defaults to "css"

jekyll-purgecss only runs in production, so make sure that JEKYLL_ENV=production on the server where you build your site.


Make sure you have purgecss installed and has its binary located at ./node_modules/.bin/purgecss.

Add your Purgecss configuration to a purgecss.config.js file in the root of your repository.

// purgecss.config.js

module.exports {
  // These are the files that Purgecss will search through
  content: ["./_site/**/*.html"],

  // These are the stylesheets that will be subjected to the purge
  css: ["./_site/css/site.css"] 

Tailwind CSS

If you are using Tailwind CSS, you'll need to add a custom extractor. More can be read on the Tailwind documentation.

module.exports = {
  content: ["./_site/**/*.html"],
  css: ["./_site/css/site.css"],

  // Tailwind CSS config
  extractors: [{
    extractor: class {
      static extract(content) {
        return content.match(/[A-Za-z0-9-_:\/]+/g) || [];
    extensions: ["html"]


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Jekyll Purgecss project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.

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