Jekyll installation

On Mac it isn’t too difficult to install Jekyll, but it does require everything to be completed from within Terminal.

This tutorial is for newer MacOS, 10.9+

If you have an older version of Mac OS X, specifically 10.8 and below, ☛ See the Older Mac OS X installation guide.

Installing the command line tools

We need to install the Command Line Tools before installing Jekyll using Terminal.

You can install the command line tools directly from Terminal.

xcode-select --install

It will prompt you to install and approve a terms of use then download and install the tools on your computer.

You won’t see anything new on your computer, everything happens in the background.

Installing Homebrew

Homebrew is a package manager for Mac & Terminal—it’s like an app store, but specifically in terminal and mostly for developer tools.

First go to the Homebrew website.

On the page, you’ll see a chunk of code—copy it.

Paste it into your Terminal and hit return, your computer will go off an install Homebrew.

It will prompt you for your computer’s password. As you type it in you won’t see anything—but it is being entered. When complete, hit Return.

Installing Jekyll in Terminal

First we need to install the programming language Jekyll is written in: Ruby.

1. Install Ruby

Using brew we can install the most recent version of Ruby.

brew install ruby

2. Installing Jekyll with gem

Next up we need to install Jekyll using Ruby’s package manager, gem:

gem install jekyll

This will go and download a whole bunch of stuff to your computer, when it’s done, you have Jekyll.

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