It's like the minima theme, but with less noise and more functionality. ✨

See the demo site or follow these steps to setup your own Jekyll site with this theme.


Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "minimaless"

If you're interested, the gem is found here.

And add this line to your Jekyll site:

theme: minimaless

And then execute:

$ bundle



Refers to snippets of code within the _includes directory that can be inserted in multiple layouts (and another include-file as well) within the same theme-gem.

  • disqus_comments.html — Code to markup disqus comment box.
  • footer.html — Defines the site's footer section.
  • google-analytics.html — Inserts Google Analytics module (active only in production environment).
  • head.html — Code-block that defines the <head></head> in default layout.
  • header.html — Defines the site's main header section. By default, pages with a defined title attribute will have links displayed here.
  • contact-icons.html — Inserts social icons when you specify a social media site *_username in the config.
    • You can also add an .asc file for a key icon to appear for users to download your GPG key file.



To override the default structure and style of minimaless, simply create the concerned directory at the root of your site, copy the file you wish to customize to that directory, and then edit the file. e.g., to override the _includes/head.html file to specify a custom style path, create an _includes directory, copy _includes/head.html from minimaless gem folder to <yoursite>/_includes and start editing that file.

The site's default CSS has now moved to a new place within the gem itself, assets/main.scss. To override the default CSS, the file has to exist at your site source. Do either of the following:

  • Create a new instance of main.scss at site source.
    • Create a new file main.scss at <your-site>/assets/
    • Add the frontmatter dashes, and
    • Add @import "minimaless";, to <your-site>/assets/main.scss
    • Add your custom CSS.
  • Download the file from this repo
    • Create a new file main.scss at <your-site>/assets/
    • Copy the contents at assets/main.scss onto the main.scss you just created, and edit away!
  • Copy directly from Minimaless gem
    • Go to your local minimaless gem installation directory ( run bundle show minimaless to get the path to it ).
    • Copy the assets/ folder from there into the root of <your-site>
    • Change whatever values you want, inside <your-site>/assets/main.scss
  • Edit to change what appears on the site's splash/landing page.



Make a new folder called tag where you will add markdown files for each new tag you use on your site.

├─ tag
│  └─
└─ _posts

Create a new markdown file with the tag as the file name (eg. <tag name>.md). You only need to set up the header information. For example, if the tag is kittens, then use the following header:

layout: tags
tag: kittens
permalink: /tag/kittens/

This must be done for every new tag you create. This is the page that users will see when they click on a tag to display the list of posts for each tag. View the tag page here.


Enabling comments (via Disqus)

Optionally, if you have a Disqus account, you can tell Jekyll to use it to show a comments section below each post.

To enable it, add the following lines to your Jekyll site:

    shortname: my_disqus_shortname

You can find out more about Disqus' shortnames here.

Comments are enabled by default and will only appear in production, i.e., JEKYLL_ENV=production

If you don't want to display comments for a particular post you can disable them by adding comments: false to that post's YAML Front Matter.


Enabling Google Analytics

To enable Google Anaytics, add the following lines to your Jekyll site:

  google_analytics: UA-NNNNNNNN-N

Google Analytics will only appear in production, i.e., JEKYLL_ENV=production


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


To set up your environment to develop this theme, run script/bootstrap.

To test your theme, run script/server (or bundle exec jekyll serve) and open your browser at http://localhost:4000. This starts a Jekyll server using your theme and the contents. As you make modifications, your site will regenerate and you should see the changes in the browser after a refresh.


The theme is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.