Awesome Open Source
Awesome Open Source

Earth Data scienceWebsite: Earth Data scienceWebsite DOI Please view our license for all courses and workshop material. Cite our materials following the license and us these DOI's as appropriate:

  • Earth Analytics R Course: Earth Analytics R Course DOI


Leah Wasser, Maxwell Joseph, Nathan Korinek, Lauren Herwehe

Development -- Website

Build Status

This site is made with Jekyll, the Minimal Mistakes theme, and hosted using GitHub pages. To work locally on the site:

Interactive Development: Run the Website Locally On Your Computer

You can use this repository to dynamically build and serve / view the Website locally using the following steps.

1. Fork and Clone the Repo

To begin, fork the earthlab/ repo (if you are working on a fork) If you are earth lab staff you likely want to directly clone this repo to view updates from CI builds of lessons.

# clone the repository
$ git clone ${The repo's git URL}
$ cd

2. Install All Gems

The site runs on Jekyll and ruby. To build the site you first need to install all of the needed tools. NOTE: this process can be a bit finicky for Windows users but we did our best to document the workflow!

Installation for Windows Users

  1. Install Ruby

If you are on windows you will need to install ruby We suggest installing ruby version kit. Other versions may work but have not been tested.

When you install ruby, be sure that you also check the box to install MSYS2.

At the end of the ruby install, it will ask you if you want to install MSYS2. Install the base installation of MSYS2.

  1. Install the bundler. Run all of the following commands in Git Bash or a similar command prompt program for Windows.

$ gem install bundler

Once you have completed this you can install all of the needed gems to run the website by cd'ing into the

$ cd

then run the code below to install the correct version of each gem that is needed to build the site:

# Run this inside the cloned directory
bundle install

Once you have successfully installed all of the gems, you are ready to build the website locally!

Note: You may need to run the above installations as an administrator on your machine. You can do this by right clicking the program you're running the commands in and selecting "Run as administrator"

Note: Currently, some of the file names that help build the website are to long for windows machines. Thus when you clone the repo it will fail. You can get around this issue by running the following code in bash:

$ git config --system core.longpaths true

We are working on shortening our file and directory names so these steps will not be required in the future!

Note: Some users still had issues with path names after running the above code, so as a last resort you can remove the images folder from the main directory to make the website build. We are working on a fix for this!

Linux Installation Instructions

  1. install ruby version 2.5 or 2.6

$ sudo apt-get ruby-dev

  1. Next, install the bundler using admin permissions:

$ sudo gem install bundler

  1. CD into the repository and run:

$ sudo bundle install

You are now ready to build the website locally.

macOS Installation Instructions

# install the correct version of each gem specified in the gem file. Run this IN the cloned directory
$ bundle install

3. Build the Site Locally and Start Developing

Once you have setup ruby and installed all required gemps, you can begin to run the site locally. To run the site locally, first run the following in bash from within the directory:

# run jekyll site locally
$ bundle exec jekyll serve

Once you have run the above, you can open up your favorite web browser and type:

http://localhost:4000 or

The site should appear in your browser. You can then begin to modify code as needed. As you update files, the local site build will update allowing you to interactively develop the site.

Build Notes:

  • the site requires jekyll flavored markdown. Be sure to specify that if you are knitting.
  • in rmd files - be sure to specify fig.cap="text here" to add alt text to any code chunks that output a FIGURE.


Please see license information, here If you use our materials following license guidelines - please cite us!

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