by christian-fei

A JavaScript library to add search functionality to any Jekyll blog.

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A JavaScript library to add search functionality to any Jekyll blog.

Use case

You have a blog, built with Jekyll, and want a lightweight search functionality on your blog, purely client-side?

No server configurations or databases to maintain.

Just 5 minutes to have a fully working searchable blog.

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Check out the wiki for all available options and help for troubleshooting



npm install simple-jekyll-search

Getting started


Place the following code in a file called

in the root of your Jekyll blog. (You can also get a copy from here)

This file will be used as a small data source to perform the searches on the client side:

layout: none
  {% for post in site.posts %}
      "title"    : "{{ post.title | escape }}",
      "category" : "{{ post.category }}",
      "tags"     : "{{ post.tags | join: ', ' }}",
      "url"      : "{{ site.baseurl }}{{ post.url }}",
      "date"     : "{{ }}"
    } {% unless forloop.last %},{% endunless %}
  {% endfor %}

Preparing the plugin

Add DOM elements

SimpleJekyllSearch needs two

elements to work:
  • a search input field
  • a result container to display the results

Give me the code

Here is the code you can use with the default configuration:

You need to place the following code within the layout where you want the search to appear. (See the configuration section below to customize it)

For example in _layouts/default.html:


    Customize SimpleJekyllSearch by passing in your configuration options:

    var sjs = SimpleJekyllSearch({
      searchInput: document.getElementById('search-input'),
      resultsContainer: document.getElementById('results-container'),
      json: '/search.json'

    returns { search }

    A new instance of SimpleJekyllSearch returns an object, with the only property


    is a function used to simulate a user input and display the matching results. 


    var sjs = SimpleJekyllSearch({ ...options })'Hello')

    💡 it can be used to filter posts by tags or categories!


    Check out the wiki for the options!


    • npm install
    • npm test

    Acceptance tests

    cd example; jekyll serve

    in another tab

    npm run cypress -- run


    Thanks to all contributors over the years! You are the best :)

    @daviddarnes @XhmikosR @PeterDaveHello @mikeybeck @egladman @midzer @eduardoboucas @kremalicious @tibotiber and many others!

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