Al Folio

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Al Folio

A beautiful, simple, clean, and responsive Jekyll theme for academics


The al-folio theme is a simple, clean, and responsive Jekyll theme specifically designed for academics. It is popular among academics worldwide for creating their homepages, blogs, lab pages, and webpages for courses, workshops, conferences, and meetups.


  • Publications feature for showcasing academic publications.
  • Collections feature for organizing content.
  • Distill layout style.
  • Full support for math and code.
  • Photos feature for adding images.
  • GitHub repositories and user stats integration.
  • Theming options.
  • Social media previews.
  • Atom feed.


Local setup using Docker (Recommended on Windows)

  1. Install Docker and Docker Compose.
  2. Clone the al-folio repository to your machine.
  3. Run the following command to pull a pre-built Docker image from DockerHub and run your website.
  4. Customize the theme as desired and commit your changes.
  5. To change the port number, edit the docker-compose.yml file.
  6. If you want to build a new or custom version of al-folio, use the command to build and run a new Docker image.

Local Setup (Standard)

  1. Ensure Ruby and Bundler are installed on your system.
  2. Fork the al-folio theme from the GitHub repository.
  3. Customize the theme as desired and commit your changes.


The al-folio theme is a highly popular Jekyll theme tailored specifically for academics. It offers features such as a publications showcase, collections for organizing content, support for math and code, photos integration, GitHub stats integration, theming options, and social media previews. The theme can be installed through either local setup using Docker or the standard local setup method with Ruby and Bundler.


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