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I have been using Jekyll Blog platform for two years and have been using the most popular and well-maintained theme minimal mistakes in this blog.

Although I have always used the blog repository via github-pages, recently, I wanted to test some issues by running a site in the local machine.

Therefore, in this tutorial, I will show you how to run a Jekyll blog in your local machine. In this example, I will show how to use the minimal mistakes theme.


  • Ruby version 2.5.0 or higher, including all development headers (check your Ruby version using ruby -v)
  • RubyGems (check your Gems version using gem -v)
  • GCC and Make (check versions using gcc -v,g++ -v, and make -v)

If the prerequisites are not installed on your system, just install them first.

Install Jekyll

Once you have the prerequisites, install jekyll and bundler via gem.

gem install jekyll bundler

Now, let’s create a directory which will serve as our blog directory.

mkdir newblog
jekyll new newblog
cd newblog

After going to the directory, let’s run the following:

bundle exec jekyll serve

Now, you will be able to see your blog in the address on your browser.

Install Minimal Mistakes

Copy following contents to the Gemfile

source "https://rubygems.org"

# Hello! This is where you manage which Jekyll version is used to run.
# When you want to use a different version, change it below, save the
# file and run `bundle install`. Run Jekyll with `bundle exec`, like so:
#     bundle exec jekyll serve
# This will help ensure the proper Jekyll version is running.
# Happy Jekylling!

# gem "github-pages", group: :jekyll_plugins

# To upgrade, run `bundle update`.

gem "github-pages", group: :jekyll_plugins
gem "minimal-mistakes-jekyll"

# The following plugins are automatically loaded by the theme-gem:
#   gem "jekyll-paginate"
#   gem "jekyll-sitemap"
#   gem "jekyll-gist"
#   gem "jekyll-feed"
#   gem "jekyll-include-cache"
# If you have any other plugins, put them here!
# Cf. https://jekyllrb.com/docs/plugins/installation/
group :jekyll_plugins do

Then run the following command

$ bundle install

Now, again run the following:

bundle exec jekyll serve

That’s all! Cheers!!! :sunglasses:

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