Plugin for Jekyll and Compass to ease use of both on the same project
Latest commit 9c8e0ae Dec 20, 2015 @mscharley Add a deprecation notice

jekyll-compass: Compass generator for Jekyll websites

Author: Matthew Scharley
Contributors: See contributors on GitHub
Bugs/Support: Github Issues
Copyright: 2013
License: MIT license

Not maintained here any longer: See the fork by @chikamichi


jekyll-compass is a plugin for both Jekyll and Compass that provides a bi-directional interface between the two applications, tightly integrating them and allowing each to work well together when either is used directly. In short, if you use Compass as well as Jekyll, jekyll-compass makes your life easier.


This plugin has a very simple two step install:

  1. Install the gem:

    $ gem install jekyll-compass
  2. Add the gem to your jekyll website's _config.yml file:

    - jekyll-compass


You may use Compass to generate a layout and configuration for you. The site root is the folder where your _config.yml lives. This step is highly recommended as it will also install some plumbing to help Compass work correctly with your new jekyll-compass project. You can also install your favourite framework directly, just remember to add the extra parameters so that Compass understands the target project structure.

compass create -r jekyll-compass --app=jekyll path/to/site/root
compass create -r jekyll-compass --app=jekyll -r zurb-foundation path/to/site/root

If you are coming from an older version of jekyll-compass and just want to install the plumbing for Compass then use this command:

compass init jekyll -r jekyll-compass --prepare [path/to/site/root]

Other compass commands will then work as per usual:

# Compiles all your Sass/Compass into the _site folder, or you may also specify --css-path on the command line
compass compile
compass watch

You will also note that Compass will build your Sass files whenever Jekyll builds the rest of your website, ensuring that what you publish is always up to date.

# Compiles your entire website, including Sass/Compass
jekyll build
jekyll serve --watch


You may add a file to your _data folder called compass.yml. This will contain overrides for the compass configuration, similar to the config.rb in a regular compass project. If you generated a layout using compass above then this file will already exist with some default settings setup for you. Any of the regular configuration properties should be supported via this YAML file.

Compass also provides a way to pass through options directly to Sass via the sass_options option. You can find details of what options are available from Sass in the Sass Reference.

An example configuration file might look like the following:

output_style: compact
  unix_newlines: true

In order to use other plugins for compass, add them to the require key in your compass.yml file. There is also a load and discover key which map to the relevant commands in Compass' regular configuration file.

- zurb-foundation

There is also a import_paths key which is analogous to the add_import_path line in config.rb.

- assets/foundation/scss