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Gitbook vs Jekyll: What are the differences?

What is Gitbook? Document Everything! For you, your users and your team. It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team.

What is Jekyll? Blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby. Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories.

Gitbook can be classified as a tool in the "Documentation as a Service & Tools" category, while Jekyll is grouped under "Static Site Generators".

Jekyll is an open source tool with 38.1K GitHub stars and 8.31K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Jekyll's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Jekyll has a broader approval, being mentioned in 111 company stacks & 125 developers stacks; compared to Gitbook, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

Decisions about Gitbook and Jekyll
Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 102.8K views

As a Frontend Developer I wanted something simple to generate static websites with technology I am familiar with. GatsbyJS was in the stack I am familiar with, does not need any other languages / package managers and allows quick content deployment in pure HTML or Markdown (what you prefer for a project). It also does not require you to understand a theming engine if you need a custom design.

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Pros of Gitbook
Pros of Jekyll
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    Prueba
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    Integrated high-quality editor
  • 75
    Github pages integration
  • 53
    Open source
  • 37
    It's slick, customisable and hackerish
  • 23
    Easy to deploy
  • 22
    Straightforward cms for the hacker mindset
  • 6
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 4
    Best for blogging
  • 2
    Easy to integrate localization
  • 2
    Low maintenance
  • 1
    Huge plugins ecosystem
  • 1
    Authoring freedom and simplicity

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Cons of Gitbook
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    No longer Git or Open
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    Just sync with GitHub
  • 4
    Build time increases exponentially as site grows
  • 2
    Lack of developments lately
  • 1
    Og doesn't work with postings dynamically

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What is Gitbook?

It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team.

What is Jekyll?

Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories.

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    Sphinx
    It lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with it pretty much as with a database server.
    Confluence
    Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
    Google Docs
    It is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google. It brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.
    GitHub Pages
    Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.
    MkDocs
    It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
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