A simple yet highly functional jekyll theme with backlinks, wiki-style links, context menu, page preview, sidenote etc

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Simply Jekyll is a simple yet highly functional jekyll-based theme that combines the best of different worlds. It is a minimal and distraction free theme that strives to provide maximum value all without holding back on any essential features that a user would benefit from or would desire for. This is an evolving project and is garanteed to be maintained at least for quite some time as I myself am a beneficiary of this theme and the project.

See it in action!

Feature Overview

View the documentation(f) for feature information.

  • Based on Jekyll, a static website generator
  • Creates backlinks to other notes automatically
  • Context menu on feed to instantly see related posts and backlinks
  • Search with context integrated within the blog feed
  • Supports wiki-style/roam-style double bracket link syntax to other notes
  • On hover page previews
  • Features a simple and responsive design
  • Supports Markdown or HTML notes


View the documentation(i) for setup and installation information.

Hopefully there will be an easier process soon.


View the documentation(u) for usage information.


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.

Submitting code changes:

  • Open a Pull Request
  • Ensure all CI tests pass
  • Await code review

Design and development principles of this theme:

  1. As few dependencies as possible
  2. No build script needed
  3. First class mobile experience
  4. Make the content shine


To set up your environment to develop this theme, run bundle install.

Your theme is set up just like a normal Jekyll site! To test your theme, run bundle exec jekyll serve and open your browser at http://localhost:4000. This starts a Jekyll server using your theme. Add pages, documents, data, etc. like normal to test your theme's contents. As you make modifications to your theme and to your content, your site will regenerate and you should see the changes in the browser after a refresh, just like normal.

When the theme is released, only the files in _layouts, _includes, and assets tracked with Git will be released.


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

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