How to add Tags in GitHub's Jekyll without Plugin

I am using Jekyll that hosted in GitHub for blogging. I immediately love Jekyll as soon as I created my first blog with it. It is so simple yet provide pretty much most of the features I need for technical project blogging. But as I moved further I found that GitHub disable plugin when creating blog with Jekyll.


It’s common to have a tag or archive page on a blog that display all tags and associate tag with post pages. However for some reason this page is not automatically generated in Jekyll.


I looked into several blogs, GitHub source code and poked into Stackflow for the solution. Fortunately there is a work around. Here are the steps to add tag in every post and generate tag page:

Add tags.html page in root directory: This page displays tag names for every tag on the site in sorted order. Every tag name is hyperlinked to the site which contains of the tag name.

layout: page
title: Tags
description: Maggie Choy blog's tags. List of articles and posts by tags.

<!-- Get the tag name for every tag on the site and set them
to the `site_tags` variable. -->
{% capture site_tags %}{% for tag in site.tags %}{{ tag | first }}{% unless forloop.last %},{% endunless %}{% endfor %}{% endcapture %}

<!-- `tag_words` is a sorted array of the tag names. -->
{% assign tag_words = site_tags | split:',' | sort %}

<!-- Build the Page -->

<!-- List of all tags -->
<ul class="tags">
  {% for item in ( %}{% unless forloop.last %}
    {% capture this_word %}{{ tag_words[item] }}{% endcapture %}
      <a href="#{{ this_word | cgi_escape }}" class="tag">{{ this_word }}
        <span>({{ site.tags[this_word].size }})</span>
  {% endunless %}{% endfor %}

<!-- Posts by Tag -->
  {% for item in ( %}{% unless forloop.last %}
    {% capture this_word %}{{ tag_words[item] }}{% endcapture %}
    <h2 id="{{ this_word | cgi_escape }}">{{ this_word }}</h2>
    {% for post in site.tags[this_word] %}{% if post.title != null %}
        <span style="float: left;">
          <a href="{{ post.url }}">{{ post.title }}</a>
        <span style="float: right;">
          {{ | date_to_string }}
      <div style="clear: both;"></div>
    {% endif %}{% endfor %}
  {% endunless %}{% endfor %}

Edit CSS: I choose Wouter Beeftink’s CSS style.

Edit post.html : Add this code to post.html. This piece of code lists tags name in every tag on the site and hyperlinks tags name on the site to tags page.

    <ul class="tags">
      {% for tag in page.tags %}
    <li><a href="/tags#{{ tag }}" class="tag">{{ tag }}</a></li>
  {% endfor %}

Add tag to post: Add tag variable inside each post’s YAML Front matter.

  - Web Scraping
  - Scrapy
  - Python
  - JSON

Build the project. Jekyll in Github does not require explicitly build. One push commit changes would trigger page build. You should be able to see newly added tag.html page at:

Tags page of my blog is here

Written on May 14, 2016