Jekyll with Twitter Bootstrap Sass

Aug 2, 2014

Working with Twitter Bootstrap

Twitter Bootstrap is a powerful framework to build bulletproof UIs.

It can be customized on Bootstrap site or by using Less or Sass css preprocessors. Less is the default preprocessor for Bootstrap but a Sass port exists.

It’s possible to use both, but as Jekyll nativelly supports Sass, so, let’s go with it !

Get Twitter Bottstrap Sass files

  • Download zip archive from release page.

  • Unzip the assets folder at the root of your site.

Configure Jekyll

  • Add a Sass configuration parameter :
    sass_dir: assets/css
  • Create an assets/stylesheets/style.scss fill with minimum content :

  • Include your news Sass generated style sheet in _includes/head.html
<link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ "/assets/stylesheets/style.css" | prepend: site.baseurl }}">
  • Include bootstrap javascript by adding tags to _includes/footer.html at the very end of the file :
<script src="//"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="{{ site.baseurl }}/assets/javascripts/bootstrap.js"></script>
  • Copy assets/stylesheets/bootstrap/_variables.scss to assets/stylesheets/variables.scss

  • In assets/stylesheets/bootstrap.scss change import rule @import "bootstrap/variables"; to @import "variables";

  • In assets/stylesheets/variables.scss change Glyphicon path to $icon-font-path: "../fonts/bootstrap/" !default;


To change your site appearance, you just have to change values in assets/stylesheets/variables.scss.

And you can add styles in assets/stylesheets/style.scss.

Just do a Jekyll build, and your scss files are proccessed and a resulting file is then present in _site/assets/stylesheets/style.css.

Nice !