Data Files

In addition to the built-in variables available from Jekyll, you can specify your own custom data that can be accessed via the Liquid templating system.

Jekyll supports loading data from YAML files located in the _data directory.

This powerful feature allows you to avoid repetition in your templates and to set site specific options without changing _config.yml.

Plugins/themes can also leverage Data Files to set configuration variables.

The Data Folder

As explained on the directory structure page, the _data folder is where you can store additional data for Jekyll to use when generating your site. These files must be YAML files (using either the .yml or .yaml extension) and they will be accessible via

Example: List of members

Here is a basic example of using Data Files to avoid copy-pasting large chunks of code in your Jekyll templates:

In _data/members.yml:

- name: Tom Preston-Werner
  github: mojombo

- name: Parker Moore
  github: parkr

- name: Liu Fengyun
  github: liufengyun

This data can be accessed via (notice that the filename determines the variable name).

You can now render the list of members in a template:

{% for member in %}
    <a href="{{ member.github }}">
      {{ }}
{% endfor %}