A very minimalist, single-author Jekyll theme with almost default browser styling, and a dark mode.

Jekyll Theme Nix

A barebones theme for Jekyll, which doesn't need any dependencies except jekyll-redirect-from, if you want to redirect pages. It is optimized for fast build speeds as well.

Its purpose is to be a minimalist, single-author theme. Because there is no menu, pages can be manually linked in the body of

It also changes as little as possible from the default browser settings to improve legibility.


If this theme feels to bloated to you, you can try “Nixer”, the ultra-minimalist version of “Nix”.

Limited Features

  • Dark mode, because we want to be respectful
  • Posts
  • Pages, including custom error pages
  • No visible authors, categories, or tags on posts and pages
  • No header or footer
  • No pagination for the home page
  • A feed.xml containing an Atom feed, but no JSON or outdated RSS feeds
  • A sitemap.xml, because search engines should index us properly
  • No semantic info like Open Graph, Twitter cards, or JSON-LD, but inline Microdata


Default Colors

The default colors are the colors of the respective browsers, both in light mode and in dark mode.


icon.webp is the favicon for the light mode, and there's also a dark variant icon-dark.webp for dark mode. If you want to use them, these files have to be copied manually from the demo's repository root to your site's repository root.


“Nix” is the grammatically incorrect form of the German “nichts”, which in English means “nothing”. It's colloquially used to stress the nothingness.

Or, if you will, it could be UNIX without the “U”, because of the theme's somewhat archaic properties.


Installation from Gem is recommended, but using a remote theme is also possible, even though it will increase build times a little, depending on your internet connection and the size of the theme download, because it will be downloaded during each build. Gems are installed locally.

GitHub Pages gem users need to use the remote theme method.

Installation from Gem

Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "jekyll-theme-nix", group: [:jekyll_plugins]

Then run bundle in your terminal.


Also add the theme to your Jekyll site's _config.yml:

theme: jekyll-theme-nix

Make sure that this is the only theme: in _config.yml, and that there are no other remote-theme:.

Installation as Remote Theme

Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "jekyll-remote-theme", group: [:jekyll_plugins]

Then run bundle in your terminal.


Finally add the remote theme to your Jekyll site's _config.yml:

remote_theme: michaelnordmeyer/jekyll-theme-nix

Make sure that this is the only remote_theme: in _config.yml, and that there are no other theme:.

Styled Atom Feed and Sitemap.xml

Both are included in the demo. For a standard Jekyll installation, they work out-of-the-box if the files feed.xslt.xml and sitemap.xsl are copied to the site’s Jekyll directory.

The XSLT files style the XML files. If a user selects the link to the feed, a styled version of the feed will be shown in the browser with an explainer of what web feeds are.

Because feeds are generated once, they can only support one icon. The light variant was chosen for the feed.