GitHub Pages and Jekyll on Windows 10

I have a Blog hosted on Github Pages created with Jekyll from Linux. That works perfectly and can publish posts frequently, but now I would like to do the same but from Windows 10 laptop (older Surface 3 Pro, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD). The aim of this post is explain you how to prepare and configure Windows 10 to publish post in a new or existing static site created with Jekyll.

To do that I’m going to follow the Jekyll on Windows guide, basically I’ll download, install and configure a Ruby+Devkit version in Windows 10.


  1. Once downloaded and installed Ruby+Devkit, open a CMD as standard user and check the installed version:
C:\Users\rmce> ruby --version
ruby 2.6.5p114 (2019-10-01 revision 67812) [x64-mingw32]
  1. Download existing the Github Pages site:
C:\Users\rmce> y:
Y:\> cd __gitrepos
Y:\__gitrepos> git clone
Y:\__gitrepos> cd ghpages-holosec
  1. Install Bundler:
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> gem install bundler
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> bundle config set path 'vendor/bundle'
  1. Install Jekyll and all Gems via Bundler:
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> bundle 
  1. Check if Jekyll was installed properly:
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> bundle exec jekyll -v
jekyll 4.0.0
  1. Now we are ready to serve the site in our computer:
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> bundle exec jekyll serve
  1. If you are using Google Analytics plugin configured, you can try this:
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> set JEKYLL_ENV=production 
Y:\__gitrepos\ghpages-holosec> bundle exec jekyll serve --incremental --watch 
Configuration file: Y:/__gitrepos/ghpages-holosec/_config.yml
            Source: Y:/__gitrepos/ghpages-holosec
       Destination: Y:/__gitrepos/ghpages-holosec/_site
 Incremental build: enabled
       Jekyll Feed: Generating feed for posts
                    done in 192.797 seconds.
 Auto-regeneration: enabled for 'Y:/__gitrepos/ghpages-holosec'
    Server address:
  Server running... press ctrl-c to stop.

Or instead of CMD using PowerShell Terminal.

$> Set-Variable -name JEKYLL_ENV -value production; bundle exec jekyll serve --incremental --watch

And if you have posts in draft, run this. Only be aware to place your posts in <site>\_drafts\ folder without date and permalink in the front-matter.

$> Set-Variable -name JEKYLL_ENV -value production; bundle exec jekyll serve --watch --drafts