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Jekyll Pages API is a Jekyll Plugin gem that generates a JSON file with data for all the Pages, Posts, Documents (i.e. "collections") and StaticFiles in your Site. Jekyll, if you're not familiar, is a static website generator written in Ruby.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

group :jekyll_plugins do
  gem 'jekyll_pages_api'

If you're creating a new Gemfile in your Jekyll project, make sure to include a source at the top:

source ''

And then execute:

bundle exec jekyll serve

You can then see the generated JSON file at http://localhost:4000/api/v1/pages.json, which will look like this:

  "entries": [
      "title": "18F Hub",
      // the page path
      "url": "/",
      // the content of the page, with the HTML tags stripped and the whitespace condensed
      "body": "18F is a digital services team within GSA..."
    // ...

This endpoint will be re-generated any time your site is rebuilt.

Skipping the index

The Jekyll Pages API Search plugin uses this plugin to build a search index. Add skip_index: true to the front matter of any documents you wish to exclude from this index.

Running standalone

If you wish to generate a pages.json file when using a site generation tool other than Jekyll, you can run the jekyll_pages_api executable as a post-generation step. Run jekyll_pages_api -h for instructions.


  • Run bundle to install any necessary gems.
  • Run bundle exec rake -T to get a list of build commands and descriptions.
  • Run bundle exec rake spec to run the tests.
  • Run bundle exec rake build to ensure the entire gem can build.
  • Commit an update to bump the version number of lib/jekyll_pages_api/version.rb before running bundle exec rake release.

While developing this gem, add this to the Gemfile of any project using the gem to try out your changes (presuming the project's working directory is a sibling of the gem's working directory):

group :jekyll_plugins do
  gem 'jekyll_pages_api', :path => '../jekyll_pages_api'

See also

Additional means of turning your site content into data: