Simple responsive jekyll theme focused on blogging.


Textalic is a simple, responsive jekyll theme focus on blogging. Here is a live demo.


  • Post category, tag and series
  • Github flavored markdown rendering
  • LaTeX and ascii math notation rendering
  • Disqus comment and Gitalk comment
  • Fulltext search (powered by jekyll-simple-search plugin)
  • Code highlighting
  • Autogenerate table of content
  • Google analytics
  • Atom feed
  • Sitemap

Install & Configuration

Set up jekyll

Make sure you have set up jekyll correctly. See the official jekyll doc.

Clone this repo

Clone this repo into to your local machine, then cd to the root directory of your local copy. Here is an overview of the project's file structure:

├── 404.html                    # 404 page
├── Gemfile
├── _config.yml                 # Main config
├── _data
│   └── me.yml                  # Personal info config
├── _demo_series                # A demo series, add series into series folder
│   └──
├── _includes
├── _layouts
├── _posts
│   └──     # Add new post here
├── _sass
├── about                       # About page
├── assets                      # images, fonts, css, js...
│   ├── img
│   │   ├── me.png              # Replace with your own, showed in /about page
├── favicon.ico                 # Replace with your own
├── feed.xml
├── index.html
├── resume
│   └──                # You may write your resume here. linked in /about page
├── search.json
├── series
└── tag

Install gems

Run the following command to install required gems defined in Gemfile:

$ bundle install


Edit _config.yml and _data/me.yml to tweek the site configuration to your need. See corresponding comments in these files for details.

You also should replace the /favicon.ico and /assets/img/me.png file with your own.

Run locally

Run bundle exec jekyll serve --watch to run it locally.


You can begin writting your posts under /_posts folder. See Jekyll doc on posts.

Posts are automatically grouped under site's post/category and post/tag menu.

You can define post's category and tags in the post's front matter, using category and tags front matter block.

Math Notation Support

You can enable latex math support or asciimath support by adding usemath: latex or usemath: ascii front matter accordingly. Latex math notation must be wrapped inside $$, and asciimath notation must be wrapped inside \`.

For detail configuration and math rendering result, see


Series are implemented using Jekyll's collections. To add new series, follow these steps:

  1. Define a new collection in _config.yml, under collections configuration block:

        output: true

    Note that to make the change to _config.yml take effects, you need to restart jekyll.

  2. Create the series (aka collection) folder /_demo_series. Note that the folder name begin with _.

  3. By adding new post under the series folder, you add post under the corresponding series.


See Jekyll doc on deployment.

That's it

Happy blogging!