There are multiple ways of installing Hydejack. The easiest is via the Ruby gem. If you downloaded the zip, you’ll want to install via the zip file. If you know what you are doing, you can fork or clone the git repository.

Buyers of the PRO version should follow these steps.

NOTE: If you’ve used any version of Hydejack before, also check out the Migration guide.

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Via gem

Installation via the gem-based theme has the advantage of not cluttering your blog repository, so it is especially recommended for beginners.

If you haven’t already, create a new Jekyll site first:

$ jekyll new <PATH>

Your blog directory should look something like this

├── _posts
│   └── 2017-04-07-welcome-to-jekyll.markdown
├── _config.yml
├── Gemfile
├── Gemfile.lock

Next, you’ll want to add jekyll-theme-hydejack as a dependency by adding the following line to the Gemfile.

gem "jekyll-theme-hydejack"

Now you want to edit the _config.yml of your Jekyll site and set Hydejack as the theme. Look for the theme key (or add it when missing) and set its value to jekyll-theme-hydejack.

theme: jekyll-theme-hydejack

For more information on gem-based themes, see the Jekyll Documentation.

You can now continue with running locally.

Via zip

If you downloaded the zip, the folder structure will look something like:

├── _data
├── _featured_categories
├── _featured_tags
├── _includes
│   ├── scripts
│   └── styles
├── _js
│   ├── lib
│   └── src
├── _layouts
├── _posts
├── _sass
│   ├── hydejack
│   └── pooleparty
├── assets
│   ├── css
│   ├── icomoon
│   ├── img
│   └── js
├── _config.yml
├── index.html

You can now continue with running locally.

Via git

If you are familiar with using git, you can add the Hydejack repository as a remote, and merge its master branch into your working branch.

$ git remote add hydejack
$ git pull hydejack master

You can also update Hydejack this way. The master branch will not contain work in progress, but will contain major (breaking) changes. This approach is recommended if you intend to heavily customize Hydejack.

You can now continue with running locally.

PRO Version

If you bought the PRO version, you’ve received a zip archive with the following contents:

├── hydejack-docs-6.6.1.pdf
├── install
├── upgrade
├── favicons.psd
└── sidebar-bg.psd
This documentation in PDF form.
Contains all files and folders needed to create a new blog.
Contains only the files and folders needed for upgrading form an earlier version of Hydejack (6.0.0 or above). See the migration guide for more.
A Photoshop template to help with generating the favicon, apple touch icon, etc.
A Photoshop template for blurred sidebar backgrounds.

Unzip the archive somewhere on your machine, then cd into the install folder, e.g.

$ cd ~/Downloads/hydejack-pro-6.6.1/install/

You can now continue with running locally.

Running locally

Make sure you’ve cded into the directory where _config.yml is located.

$ cd <path/to/hydejack>/

Before running for the first time, dependencies need to be fetched from RubyGems:

$ bundle install

NOTE: If you are missing the bundle command, you can install Bundler by running gem install bundler.

Now you can run Jekyll on your local machine:

$ bundle exec jekyll serve

You can now point your browser to http://localhost:4000 and see Hydejack in action.

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