Easily manage your Jekyll sites using docker-compose and jekyll-admin

Eventhough Jekyll is the simplest blog-aware, static site generator out there, it’s not easy to run it locally. You need to install the correct ruby version and all these other plugins. I with the help of some coolest bloggers, came up with a docker-compose based solution this problem. I belive it’ll make blogging with Jekyll easy and portable.

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Clone your jekyll theme / use your existing jekyll repo. Here is mine.

Step 2

Add a Dockerfile to your project. Install jekyll-admin gem in the image. I found Jekyll-admin to be very useful since you get somewhat of a CMS feel from it.


FROM jekyll/jekyll:pages
RUN gem install jekyll-admin # Install jekyll-admin gem

Step 3

Add a docker-compose file. The docker-compose file will start your jekyll container and mount the jekyll site to the container. By two-way mounting the jekyll site code, your updates are always synced with your code in the host machine.


version: "3"
        build: .
        command: jekyll serve --watch --incremental
            - 4000:4000
            - ./:/srv/jekyll

Step 4

Add a make file to make your lives easy


build: ## Build docker image
	docker-compose build

	docker-compose up --force-recreate

	docker-compose stop

rebuild: # run jekyll build inside container to update on the go
	docker-compose exec jekyll jekyll build --incremental --watch

Step 5

Thats it! Your easy jekyll setup is ready. Type make start command to start container. Then head to http://localhost:4000/ for your jekyll site and http://localhost:4000/admin/ for your admin panel.

Happy blogging!

Written on January 20, 2022