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Local Development

Jekyll allows you to work on your site in a local environment on your computer. It requires you to have Ruby, RubyGems and Bundler installed.

For detailed instructions on installing Ruby for your operating system, see the Ruby Docs.

Once Ruby and RubyGems are installed, you can install Bundler by running:

gem install bundler

Working with Git

If you set up and imported your site with Git, local development becomes much easier. We recommend you do this.

To get started, clone your repository to your desktop. For example:

git clone

Now you can begin working on your site. Any changes made to your site can be committed in Git, and will automatically be synced with your Forestry CMS.

Serving your site locally

Jekyll comes with a local development server built into its binary. This will allow you to develop locally on your machine, and will automatically rebuild your site and refresh the browser as you make changes.

To run Jekyll with the server, run the command:

jekyll serve

This will spin up a local development server with live reload at the port 4000, which is accessible from http://localhost:4000.

Further Reading

Last updated on July 24, 2017