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Written by - Millan Kaul

Dockerizing my blog running on Ruby Gem ๐Ÿ’Ž and Jekyll has proven to be a game-changer. In this short blog, Iโ€™ll share how straightforward the process was, the benefits of Dockerization, and the convenience it offers for making changes and running the blog locally.

"Banner image with Jeklly and docker icons for the blog on using docker by Millan Kaul on his blog Quality With Millan"

No crap, straight to code first

Dockerizing a Jekyll blog involves creating a Dockerfile and a docker-compose.yaml file. These files encapsulate the environment and dependencies needed to run the blog on your local machine or on cloud seamlessly.


# Use the official Jekyll image
FROM jekyll/jekyll:latest

# Set the working directory
WORKDIR /srv/jekyll

# Copy the Gemfile and Gemfile.lock to the container
COPY Gemfile Gemfile.lock ./

# Install Jekyll and dependencies
RUN bundle install

# Copy the rest of the application code to the container
COPY . .

# Expose the default Jekyll port

# Command to run the Jekyll server
CMD ["jekyll", "serve", "--host", ""]


version: '3'
    image: qwm
      - "4000:4000"
      - "./:/srv/jekyll"
    command: ["bundle", "exec", "jekyll", "serve",  "--force_polling" , "--host", ""]

Running Locally:

With the Dockerfiles and docker-compose.yaml in place, running the Jekyll blog locally becomes a breeze. Execute the following commands:

# Build the Docker image
$ docker-compose build

# Run the Jekyll server locally
$ docker-compose up

This will initiate the Jekyll server, and you can access your blog locally at http://localhost:4000

Benefits of Dockerization

  1. Isolation: Docker encapsulates the blog and its dependencies, ensuring consistency across different environments

  2. Portability: The Dockerized setup is easily transferable, making it convenient to share with collaborators ( linux / mac / windows).

  3. Ease of Development: Making changes and testing locally becomes seamless with the ability to run the blog in a controlled Docker environment.

I am just loving it ๐Ÿ˜

Wait โ€ฆ.You may ask Why, why Dockerize ?

Q. Why Dockerize a Blog?

Dockerizing my Jekyll blog was a game-changer for me!

Itโ€™s all about creating a smoother experience. Regardless of my setup, I can dive into my blog hassle-free ( local, cloud..).

Q. How Does Docker Benefit Blog Development?

Docker brings a level of consistency

..and ease to blog development that I find invaluable. Itโ€™s not just about the code; itโ€™s about creating an environment effortlessly and the benefits extend beyond my own work.

Q. Can I Still Make Changes Locally?


Dockerization is designed to enhance, not limit, the development process. Iโ€™m just as passionate about the hands-on, creative aspect of blogging as you are. With Docker, making changes locally becomes a joy. You can tweak, experiment, and see your ideas come to life in real-time.

Itโ€™s my way of extending an invitation to the community to explore and collaborate, creating a more accessible space for sharing insights and ideas. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

โ€œImage showing running blog on local

"Image showing running blog on local"

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