Default Type Theme blog

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

Demo View on Github

New to Jekyll, Git or Github Pages?

If you are new to Jekyll and/or Git and would like to host your Jekyll blog using Github Pages, view a detailed installation walkthrough for Type Theme at:

Using Type Theme with Github Pages

Installing Type Theme

If you are familiar with Jekyll and Git, to use Type Theme with Jekyll:

  1. Fork and clone the Type Theme repo
  2. Install Jekyll using gem install jekyll
  3. Install the theme’s dependencies using bundle install
  4. Customize the theme
  5. Run the Jekyll server, using jekyll serve
  6. Visit http://localhost:4000 to view the site

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 (like this website):

baseurl: ""
url: ""

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

baseurl: "/sub-directory"
url: ""

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:

Variable Example Description Optional
title My Jekyll Blog Name of website Yes
avatar avatar.png Name of avatar image in the /img directory, to be displayed in the theme’s header Yes
gravatar f9879d71855b5ff21e4963273a886bfc MD5 hash of your email address to load your Gravatar in the theme’s header Yes
description My blog posts Short description, primarily used by search engines Yes

Change these variables in _config.yml:

Variable Example Description Optional
header_text Welcome to my Jekyll blog HTML (shown below the navigation) with a background colour for emphasis Yes
header_text_feature_image img/sample_feature_img_3.png Background image for the header text Yes
footer_text Copyright 2014 HTML (shown at end of the site) with lighter text Yes


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:

Variable Example Description Optional
rss true Takes boolean value (true/false) to show RSS feed icon Yes
email_address Email address Yes
linkedin Full URL to profile on LinkedIn Yes
stack_exchange Full URL to profile on Stack Exchange Yes


Change these variables in _config.yml:

Variable Example Description Optional
google_analytics UA-123456-01 Google Analytics tracking ID Yes
disqus_shortname shortname Disqus shortname Yes
katex true Takes boolean value (true/false) to conditionally load KaTeX scripts required for math typesetting Yes

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

Variable Example Description Optional
google_fonts “Playfair+Display:400,700|PT+Sans:400,700,700italic,400italic” Google Fonts to load for use Yes

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.


To change your favicon, usually displayed in the browser, place an ICO file named favicon.ico in the root directory of your blog.

Posts and pages in Type Theme

Jekyll docs for writing posts.

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: "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


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