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Jekyll Rocket Quickstart Guide

If you are a visual learner, check out the Getting Started Screencast (!

Setting up your Development Machine

We have streamlined the setup and configuration of a Jekyll development environment, all of the dependencies and configuration is offloaded to a virtual machine using Vagrant.

If you don't already have Vagrant, no problem! It's easy and free to get started.

You can checkout the full getting started guide here: Getting Started with Vagrant Guide

Alternatively, here's are the cliffnotes version.

Download & Install VirtualBox Here
Download & Install Vagrant Here

Once you have Vagrant up and running, we can get started with the real work!

Clone this repository to your local machine. (Either with the GitHub app or via git clone )

Navigate to that directory and run
vagrant up

This may take quite a while (30 minutes or longer) to setup everything, especially if you need to download the vagrant base vm box (which you will need to on your first vagrant up). You will also notice that it will create a new "website" directory in your current directory.

Once everything is done ssh into your vagrant box
vagrant ssh
If this doesn't work and you are on windows, check out this StackOverflow Thread.

You will be greeted with some information from the Ubuntu system and a command line prompt.

To startup the Jekyll server just run in your terminal

If everything works well you should be able to go to http://localhost:4000 in any browser on your local machine and see a fresh jekyll install! Congrats! You are well on your way to a rocket powered Jekyll website!

To stop the server (if you need to restart it, or you are done working) use CTRL+C

Whenever you want to continue work on your website

Just go to the directory with the vagrant file and repeat the steps:

vagrant up
vagrant ssh

Setting up AWS

The easiest way to set things up in AWS is to use the provided CloudFormation template. Check out CloudFormation ReadMe.


Deploying can be done straight from the vagrant machine. We have included support for the brilliant s3_website, which handles many things like only updating changed / new files, managing cloudfront distributions, and even handling redirects.

The config file can be found in the website/s3_website.yml of your generated site. You will need to edit a few different things, mostly to add your AWS secrets and keys. The config file is fairly self explanatory.

After all of that is set, you simply need to run: deploy-website

That's all folks

That's all there is, a few sets of commands and you are off and running with a Jekyll & S3 powered static website with minimal running cost and crazy high availability and practically infinite scaling.