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Type Theme

Default Type Theme blog

A free and open-source Jekyll theme. Great for blogs and easy to customize.



  1. Fork and clone the Type Theme repo: git clone https://github.com/rohanchandra/type-theme

  2. Install Jekyll: gem install jekyll

  3. Install the theme's dependencies: bundle install

  4. Customize the theme (see below)

  5. Run the Jekyll server: jekyll serve

Customizing Type Theme

Open _config.yml in a text editor to change most of the blog's settings.

If a variable in this document is marked as "optional", disable the feature by removing all text from the variable. For example, to prevent the avatar from rendering in the header, the avatar line should read:

title: Type Theme

Notice the avatar variable is left intentionally blank.

Below is a summary of the configuration options in Type Theme.

Site configuration

The most common configurations, included here for guidance, are:

Jekyll website without a subpath (such as a GitHub Pages website for a given username):

baseurl: ""
url: "https://username.github.io"

Jekyll website with subpath (like the Type Theme demo page):

baseurl: "/sub-directory"
url: "https://username.github.io/"

Please configure this in _config.yml before using the theme.


Meta variables hold basic information about your Jekyll site which will be used throughout the site and as meta properties for search engines, browsers, and the site's RSS feed.

Change these variables in _config.yml:

titleMy Jekyll BlogName of websiteYes
avatarassets/img/avatar.pngPath of avatar image, to be displayed in the theme's headerYes
gravatarf9879d71855b5ff21e4963273a886bfcMD5 hash of your email address to load your Gravatar in the theme's headerYes
descriptionMy blog postsShort description, primarily used by search enginesYes

Change these variables in _config.yml:

header_textWelcome to my Jekyll blogHTML (shown below the navigation) with a background colour for emphasisYes
header_text_feature_imageassets/img/sample_feature_img_3.pngBackground image for the header textYes
footer_textCopyright 2014HTML (shown at end of the site) with lighter textYes


Add your username on selected websites in the icon section of the _config.yml file to display the site's icon from Font Awesome in the header navigation. All icon variables should be your username enclosed in quotes (e.g. "username"), except for the following variables:

rsstrueTakes boolean value (true/false) to show RSS feed iconYes
email_address[email protected]Email addressYes
linkedinhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/FirstLastFull URL to profile on LinkedInYes
stack_exchangehttps://stackoverflow.com/users/0000/first-lastFull URL to profile on Stack ExchangeYes


Change these variables in _config.yml:

google_analyticsUA-123456-01Google Analytics tracking IDYes
disqus_shortnameshortnameDisqus shortnameYes
katextrueTakes boolean value (true/false) to conditionally load KaTeX scripts required for math typesettingYes

Scripts listed here are only loaded if you provide a value in the _config.yml file.

Localization strings

Change localization string variables in _config.yml.

English text used in the theme (such as the "continue reading" label) has been grouped so you can quickly translate the theme or change labels to suit your needs.

Colours, typography, padding

A selection of colours set in Type Theme by modifying the CSS

google_fonts"Playfair+Display:400,700\PT+Sans:400,700,700italic,400italic"Google Fonts to load for use

Navigate to the _sass > base directory and open _variables.scss to change colours, typography and padding used in the theme with CSS.

Once you have loaded a Google Font in config.yml, you can integrate the fonts into your CSS by changing the font-family in _variables.scss. For example, after loading the Playfair Display and PT Sans fonts from Google:

// Typography
$font-family-main: 'PT Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
$font-family-headings: 'Playfair Display', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;

Mozilla's ColorPicker is a helpful tool to get your preferred colours in hexadecimal or RGBA form for use in _variables.scss.

Posts and pages in Type Theme

Please refer to the Jekyll docs for writing posts. Non-standard features are documented below.

Math typesetting

Wrap math expressions with $$ signs in your posts and make sure you have set the katex variable in _config.yml to true for math typesetting.

For inline math typesetting, type your math expression on the same line as your content. For example:

Type math within a sentence $$2x^2 + x + c$$ to display inline

For display math typesetting, type your math expression on a new line. For example:

\bar{y} = {1 \over n} \sum_{i = 1}^{n}y_i

Type Theme makes use for KaTeX for typesetting.

Feature images

Posts with geometric feature images

Add a feature image by specifying a path to an image in the front matter in the form of feature-img: "img/PATH_TO_IMAGE.png".

For example:

layout: post
title: Hello World
feature-img: "assets/img/sample_feature_img.png"

Hiding pages from navigation

In the Front Matter of a page, add hide: true to prevent the page from showing up in the header's navigation bar (visitors can still visit the URL through other means).

For example:

layout: page
title: "Error 404: Page not found"
permalink: /404.html
hide: true


Post tags should be placed between [] in your post metadata. Seperate each tag with a comma.

For example:

layout: post
title: Markdown and HTML
tags: [sample, markdown, html]

A tags listing will be automatically generated using the tags.html file provided in Type theme. If you're not using the tags feature it is safe to delete tags.html.

The search feature can be activated in the _config.yml file by changing its value from false to true.

search: true

Once activated, the search bar will appear in the header. This feature uses Lunr and searches through the title, tags and content of your posts.


A subtitle can be displayed below your title on permalink post pages.

To enable this feature, add subtitle to your post metadata.

For example:

layout: post
title: "This is a title"
subtitle: "This is a subtitle"


The MIT License (MIT)