How to setup a Jekyll blog on Github Pages

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Today, 17 Dec 2015, I have created this blog. It is powered by Jekyll with Hpstr theme and hosted on Github Pages. This is a simple how-to procedure:


You need to have Ruby, Ruby Development Kit and Python already installed on your computer.

Create a local Jekyll installation

  • Install Jekyll and a few useful gems
gem install jekyll
gem install jekyll-sitemap
gem install jekyll-paginate
gem install jekyll-gist
gem install pygments.rb

Note that pygments.rb requires python’s pygment package, so you might need install it in the first place:

pip install pygments
git clone
  • Rename a directory hpstr-jekyll-theme to whatever you like

  • Build the site

jekyll build
  • If you are using Windows you might encounter an SSL certificate verify error during the build process. In order to fix it download cacert.pem and put it a good place, e.g. in %RUBY_DIR%\cert directory (most likely you don’t have it, so create it) and then set a required env variable
set SSL_CERT_FILE=D:\Ruby\cert\cacert.pem

Use control panel to make this setting permanent.

  • Now run build again and afterwards run serve to check it on your local machine
jekyll serve

This will run a web server and you may visit http://localhost:4000 to check if everything is OK.

Create a Github Pages site

  • In your Github account create a repo for your Github Pages site. It must have a name

  • Connect your local repo to your Github repo

git remote rm origin
git remote add origin

Instead of YOU use your account name.

  • Commit and push your site to Github
git add -u
git commit -m "Initial commit"
git push -u origin master
  • Check your site at