Introducing chalk

Chalk is a high quality, completely customizable, performant and 100% free blog template for Jekyll.

December 23, 2017 - 2 minute read -
Web Jekyll

Chalk intro

Download Chalk here!


  • About page.
  • Automatic RSS feed.
  • Automatic sitemap.
  • Automatic time to read post indicator.
  • Cross browser support (supports all modern browsers).
  • Custom 404 page.
  • Custom code highlighting.
  • Customizable pagination.
  • Dark and Light theme.
  • Easy setup and deploying.
  • Enlarge images on click.
  • Filter on tags.
  • Frequently updated with new versions.
  • Many social media links supported.
  • Media embed for videos.
  • PageSpeed optimized.
  • Proper sharing links for posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
  • SEO optimized.
  • Support for local fonts.
  • Support for emoji’s.


Used tools

Enlarge image feature


If you haven’t installed the following tools then go ahead and do so (make sure you have Homebrew installed):

brew install ruby
brew install npm

On windows, install Ruby and Node with the installers found here:

Next setup your environment:

npm run setup


Run Jekyll:

npm run local

Deploy to GitHub Pages

Before you deploy, commit your changes to any working branch except the gh-pages one and run the following command:

npm run publish

Important note: Chalk does not support the standard way of Jekyll hosting on GitHub Pages. You need to deploy your working branch (can be any branch, for users: use another branch than master) with the npm run publish command. Reason for this is because Chalk uses Jekyll plugins that aren’t supported by GitHub pages. The npm run publish command will automatically build the entire project, then push it to the gh-pages branch of your repo. The script creates that branch for you so no need to create it yourself.

You can find more info on how to use the gh-pages branch and a custom domain here.

View this for more info about automated deployment with Circle CI.

If you have any questions about using or configuring Chalk please create an issue here!