Jekyll VS Bridgetown

Compare Jekyll vs Bridgetown and see what are their differences.


:globe_with_meridians: Jekyll is a blog-aware static site generator in Ruby (by jekyll)


A next-generation progressive site generator & fullstack framework, powered by Ruby (by bridgetownrb)
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Jekyll Bridgetown
251 33
47,946 1,050
0.5% 1.5%
9.0 8.0
4 days ago 5 days ago
Ruby Ruby
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Jekyll. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-06.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Bridgetown. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-07-11.
  • Do we really need variadics?
    4 projects | /r/rust | 11 Jul 2023
    I'm using bridgetown because I like sitting on the bleeding edge, its basically a newer Jekyll which I would recommend checking out too. Bridgetown has a great modern dev experience but its missing some of the ecosystem from Jekyll. Not a problem for me because I'm really comfortable with Ruby.
  • Why write technical content on a blog and not only on social media
    3 projects | | 14 Jun 2023
    If you want to have a different UI or your blog to look in a very specific way I recommend using Jekyll or Bridgetown.
  • How would I make and deploy a simple website
    4 projects | /r/rails | 26 May 2023
    If I wanted to post a simple website today I would look into Jekyll. There are a ton of articles and answers to common questions etc. It itself is written in Ruby but using it will not likely help you to learn Ruby. One-step in the direction of learning Ruby and getting a simple website could be Bridgetown. This will start you down a path of learning Ruby and not Rails. We use Bridgetown for our company site at Flagrant.
  • How to use View Transitions in Hotwire Turbo
    10 projects | | 16 Feb 2023
    In the Hotwire Turbo world specifically, several discussions about integrating transition animations also took place and a few promising approaches emerged, namely the Turn project or the transitions in Bridgetown. There is also a chapter in the Noel Rappin’s Modern Front-End book and an interesting article but overall, frankly, this topic still fells somewhat early-stage and exploratory.
  • Help with picking a framework for a personal website
    3 projects | /r/webdev | 12 Feb 2023 static site generator. Can be linked with prism of you want a kind of panel to add new articles.
  • How to integrate a static website to Rails app
    4 projects | /r/rails | 11 Feb 2023
    FYI. I used Bridgetown as a static site generator recently and rather enjoyed it.
  • [student help] Using Rails as front end. Is it possible?
    3 projects | /r/rails | 11 Jan 2023
  • how to add a simple blog to my SaaS?
    2 projects | /r/rails | 28 Dec 2022
    If you’re not adept in that right now you’re unlikely to create a system to support it. I would encourage you to look into Jekyll or Bridgetown.rb as blog systems that support all the SEO bells and whistles without you having to recreate them.
  • Learning Rails vs JS ecosystem?
    3 projects | /r/rails | 27 Nov 2022
    Thanks! Yeah Ruby is great. Rails, on the other hand, presented a steep learning curve to me, so I found it helpful to build a site with Bridgetown first. Here's a good intro to Bridgetown in case that sounds interesting.
  • Building Static Websites w/ Rails in 2022
    5 projects | /r/rails | 6 Nov 2022
    I don't know middleman, but can recommend – it's a modern and well maintained static site generator which supports a lot of technologies known from the Rails world such as HAML through plugins.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Jekyll and Bridgetown you can also consider the following projects:

Hugo - The world’s fastest framework for building websites.

Middleman - Hand-crafted frontend development

Pelican - Static site generator that supports Markdown and reST syntax. Powered by Python.

Hexo - A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js.

Lektor - The lektor static file content management system

Nanoc - A powerful web publishing system

Docusaurus - Easy to maintain open source documentation websites.

Nikola - A static website and blog generator

Awesome Jekyll - A collection of awesome Jekyll goodies (tools, templates, plugins, guides, etc.)

Next.js - The React Framework

eleventy 🕚⚡️ - A simpler site generator. Transforms a directory of templates (of varying types) into HTML.