Deploying on Netlify

Netlify is our recommend way to host static websites. Each time you push your content to your repository, it will build your website and host it.

It takes care of all the building and hosting for you, and you can even run custom commands (like jekyll algolia) as part of the build process.

Enabling Netlify

To enable Netlify automatic deploy for your Jekyll project, follow those steps:

  • Go to and open an account
  • Click on “New site from Git” and pick your repository from the list
  • Select which branch should be deployed

Configuring Netlify

Netlify UI will suggest a command to run and a website to serve by default. We recommend instead to create a file named netlify.toml at the root of your repository. Having all configuration stored in a local file instead of a web UI will make its management easier.

# netlify.toml # This file should be at the root of your project [build] command = "jekyll build && jekyll algolia" publish = "_site"

This file will be read by Netlify on each push to your repo. Because you have a Gemfile in your project, Netlify will automatically detect that it’s a Ruby project and will setup Bundler for you, making the use of bundle exec optional.

It will then run the defined command, building the website and then pushing records to Algolia. Once done, the directory specified in publish will be deployed and publicly available.

Specifying the Ruby version

By default Netlify uses Ruby v2.1.2. This version is not compatible with the jekyll-algolia.

To fix this, you’ll have to add a file named .ruby-version at the root of your repository. The file content should be 2.4. It will be picked up by Netlify and used as the local Ruby version.

# .ruby-version # This file should be at the root of your project # Don't forget to remove those comments! 2.4

Adding the API Key

The plugin will need your Admin API key to push data. Because you don’t want to expose this key in your repository, you’ll have to add ALGOLIA_API_KEY as an environment variable to Netlify. You can do that through the UI, in your Netlify Settings page.

Netlify environment variables


Commit all the changes you made, and then push your repository. Netlify will catch the event and trigger your build and indexing for you. You can follow the Netlify job execution directly on your Netlify dashboard, with a full log.