Install Jekyll on a Raspberry Pi
Set up your Raspberry Pi to host a static website using Jekyll, the same software used to run this website!
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What is Jekyll
There are many ways to host a website on your Raspberry Pi, of which I think Jekyll (jekyllrb.com) is one of the best solutions. Jekyll is a static site generator that specifically helps to render Markdown and template files into a complete static website. Jekyll was also used to create this website, hosted from a Github repository using Github Pages.
First we will install Ruby, which is a package manager that we use to install jekyll:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install software-properties-common -y sudo apt-get install ruby-full -y
Next, to install jekyll, use the following commands:
sudo gem install jekyll sudo gem install bundler
Now navigate to the folder where you want your website (folder) to reside, e.g.:
mkdir /home/pi/websites cd /home/pi/websites
Run the following command to set up a new jekyll website:
jekyll new websitename
A new folder with the name you provided will be created with all the basic files you will need for your website.
Running and updating the website
To run the wesbite, navigate into its folder, e.g.:
Now to serve the website at http://localhost:4000, enter:
bundler exec jekyll serve 2>/dev/null
This will continuously update your website while you edit files. Read more about how to create a jekyll website here.
Your website will be hosted locally but with some extra steps it is also possible to serve the website to the broader internet, such as by using ngrok.