Free Jekyll themes for 2022: Ten great community options

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Building a website from scratch can be a rewarding experience. But it can also be a long and taxing process that not everyone can afford to do.

Fortunately, Jekyll has a great catalog of popular, modern themes to choose from and customize, making your life easier — and importantly at no cost.

Free Jekyll themes in 2022

Jekyll is a well-established, easy-to-learn static site generator framework with an active community. It’s also more than just a way to create a simple blog or docs. Minimal or maxed out, blog or business, documentation or design, it’s all there. The community has been working hard over the years to showcase their talent and create some amazing, free themes for many different use cases.

Many of these themes provide a number of powerful features out of the box, such as search, dark mode, and easy API integrations — all great for the age of Jamstack.

Here, we want to show some fantastic, free Jekyll themes that are popular and have seen recent development, to help you get up and running quickly.

To make your decision easier, we’ve divided the themes into blogging/personal and business/professional categories, with some of their best features outlined.

Jekyll blog themes

1. Vonge theme

Vonge is a personal portfolio site template for Jekyll, with full support for blogging. This theme also includes a full component library for website building with live editing, so you can show off your personal brand faster.

Vonge’s key features:

2. Jekflix theme

Love Netflix’s design? Now you can have your own beautiful, responsive Jekyll theme Netflix-style site for blogging or showcasing other content.

Jekflix screenshot

Jekflix’s key features:

  • Built-in live search and SEO
  • Estimated reading time and reading progress
  • Lazy-loaded images for best performance

3. Basically Basic theme

From the creator of the most popular Jekyll theme out there, Minimal Mistakes, this theme aims to be your new replacement for the standard Minima theme.

Basically Basic Jekyll theme screenshot

Basically basic’s key features:

  • Modern, responsive design with six color variations (skins)
  • Built-in search options and easy SEO
  • Resume/CV layout ready to go

4. TeXt theme

The TeXt theme is a hugely customizable Jekyll theme option for just about any project, such as personal/team sites, blogs, or documentation. Influenced by iOS 11 style, it is visually pleasing and responsive, with a number of plugin options.

Text Jekyll theme screenshot

TeXt theme’s key features:

  • Six responsive skins, built with semantic HTML for accessibility
  • Enhancements for multiple media types, math, diagrams, and charts
  • Built-in search and multiple plugin options

5. Devlopr-Jekyll theme

For developers in need of a personal site, this is a great, flexible option. It’s more than just a portfolio, however, with a whole showcase of other page options available.

Devlopr Jekyll theme screenshot

Devlopr-Jekyll’s features:

  • Built-in real-time search and dark-mode toggle
  • Local admin built in with Jekyll Admin
  • Multiple API, hosting, and code-related options

Jekyll professional themes

1. Edition theme

With Edition you can create beautiful documentation for your product or service. (It’s how we run the CloudCannon Documentation site, and helps us structure content into categories.)

Edition’s key features:

2. Jekyll Serif theme

Jekyll Serif gives you all you need to get a business site up and running quickly. The creators have gone to great lengths to make a great-looking, performant site, with a clean, modern theme that’s appropriate for many typical setups.

Serif Jekyll theme screenshot

Jekyll Serif’s key features:

  • Responsive, with 100% Lighthouse score in all categories
  • Minimal size for maximum UX, with under 80kb including all assets
  • Great aesthetics with royalty-free illustrations and content

3. Chirpy theme

On the lookout for a great-looking, flexible Jekyll theme focusing on text presentation/documentation? Chirpy might be just what you need for almost any kind of documenting need.

Chirpy Jekyll theme screenshot

Chirpy’s key features:

  • Minimal and responsive, with great sidebar
  • Built-in search and dark mode
  • Syntax highlighting and math presentation

4. Base theme

Base is a clean and simple knowledge base Jekyll template. It’s useful for creating a site with searchable tutorials, which are organized into categories. 

Base’s key features:

  • Tutorials organized by category
  • Allows for both text and video tutorials; tutorial series supported
  • FAQ section and Disqus comments
  • Sticky sidebar for main headings in tutorials
  • Optimized for editing in CloudCannon
  • Deploy to CloudCannon in one click

5. Carte theme

APIs are an important part of the Jamstack model. The authors of this Jekyll theme wanted a simple solution for documenting them, without the complexity of enterprise solutions. This theme is great for getting documented quickly, focusing purely on written content.

Carte Jekyll theme screenshot

Carte’s key features:

  • All static, no server, inspired by Swagger and I/O docs
  • Customizable boilerplate with simple, responsive design
  • Easy to add new API calls via _posts, not POST

Wrap-up

With these amazing Jekyll themes for different needs, you’ll be ready to go for your next project, or just take inspiration from expert-designed solutions.

Even if these themes aren’t quite what you’re looking for, there’s plenty more options and updates happening in the Jekyll community — check them out on the Jekyll GitHub theme page and Jekyll’s themes page. Plus, CloudCannon also offers a number of great-looking, free and open-source Jekyll themes for lots of purposes — see CloudCannon’s themes to browse them all, and deploy instantly.

Lastly, for launching your site with a favorite theme, CloudCannon is the collaborative Jekyll CMS and all-in-one platform for you to get started in just a few steps.

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