Ubuntu · Web Development

How to install Jekyll on Ubuntu

As you are already aware that Jekyll is a static site generator. But when you will start using it, then you will know how awesome and powerful it is. If you want to start a blog without paying any hosting fees then I recommend you to use Jekyll + Github combination. In this guide I am going to tell you how to install Jekyll on Ubuntu successfully unlike the steps mentioned on official Jekyll site that do not work.

Steps to install Jekyll

1. Install Ruby

sudo apt-get install ruby ruby-dev build-essential

2. Add Environment variable to ~/.bashrc field

echo '# Install Ruby Gems to ~/gems' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export GEM_HOME=$HOME/gems' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'export PATH=$HOME/gems/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

3. Now comes the tricky part. According to the official documentation, it says you can install Jekyll by executing the below common

gem install jekyll bundler

The above command didn’t work for me. I got an error saying

bash: /usr/local/bin/gem: /usr/local/bin/ruby: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

So after some research I found gem binary file is in /usr/bin directory. Therefore finally I executed the below command to install Jekyll on my Ubuntu machine.

/usr/bin/gem install jekyll bundler

4. That’s it. Now you can resume your journey to the Jekyll.

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