Gem Version

Display in your Jekyll posts and pages how long it'll take to read their content.


Add this gem to your Jekyll installation's Gemfile:

gem 'jekyll_reading_time', '~> 0.1.1'

Next, add the plugin to the plugins key in Jekyll's _config.yml:

gems: [jekyll_reading_time]


Add to your layout, piping your page or post's content into the reading_time filter, and it'll return roughly how long it'll take to read your content, assuming a pace of 180 words per minute.

We'll return "about 1 minute" if it'll take a minute or less, or otherwise "about n minutes", where n is how long we think it'll take.

<p>{{ page.content | reading_time }}</p>


We'll assume that people read at a pace of 180 words per minute, but this is customisable. You can also customise the words we translate English as "about", "minute" and "minutes".

To set your own options, add a section like this to your Jekyll _config.yml:

  words_per_minute: 150
    about: etwa
    minute: minute
    minutes: minuten


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.