How to Change Your Jekyll Theme with RubyGems

Continuing in our Jekyll series, we have already learned how to create a Jekyll site. And you will have noticed that the Jekyll site comes with a default theme. In this article, we’re going to show you how to change your Jekyll theme from the default to a theme of your choosing.

In order for this process to work correctly, make sure you have installed the most recent version of Ruby on your computer. Jekyll uses RubyGems to manage packages you may want to install. The theme, in this case, is a package we will grab for our site.

Shop Around for Themes

You can find hundreds of Jekyll themes on the RubyGems website searching for jekyll-theme. These are all themes that will work with your Jekyll site.

How to Change Your Jekyll Theme

Follow along with the steps below to see how you can use RubyGems to install a new Jekyll theme.

  1. Open your Gemfile
  2. Add the theme to the Gemfile
    gem "jekyll-theme-example"
  3. Open your terminal
  4. Install theme using the following command
    bundle install
  5. Add the theme to your _config.yml file
    theme: jekyll-theme-example
  6. Run the build command
    bundle exec jekyll serve

Now you should be able to navigate to your staging URL ( to see the changes. Your new theme will load with the site.

Christopher Maiorana Content Writer II

Christopher Maiorana joined the InMotion community team in 2015 and regularly dispenses tips and tricks in the Support Center, Community Q&A, and the InMotion Hosting Blog.

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