There are many Breadcrumb Plugins out there but I wanted something that works on GitHub Pages together with jekyll’s safe mode.

Assuming you have the following static page URL structure for all pages (you will need to disable the breadcrumb inside your blog pages).
UPDATE 2015-05-06: You can use markdown files now too.


You can use the following liquid statement which will render a breadcrumb with url and text from the frontmatter. Make sure all your pages have page.breadcrumb set to the value you want to be shown inside the breadcrumb element.

Example page with frontmatter:

layout: default
title: My Java-Page
breadcrumb: Java-Page

<div class="container">
  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-md-12">
      peace yo!

Now here is the code for the breadcrumb

<ol class="breadcrumb">
<li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/">Home</a></li>
{% capture page_url_without_index_html %}{{ page.url | remove: "/index.html" }}{% endcapture %}
{% assign splitted_url_parts = page_url_without_index_html | split: '/' %}
{% capture forLoopMaxInt %}{{ splitted_url_parts.size | minus:1 }}{% endcapture %}
{% for i in (1..forLoopMaxInt) %}
    {% capture current_breadcrumb_url %}{{next_prepender}}/{{ splitted_url_parts[i] }}/index.html{% endcapture %}
    {% capture current_breadcrumb_md_url %}{{next_prepender}}/{{ splitted_url_parts[i] }}/{% endcapture %}
    {% capture next_prepender %}{{next_prepender}}/{{ splitted_url_parts[i] }}{% endcapture %}
    {% for breadcrumb_page in site.pages %}
        {% if current_breadcrumb_url == breadcrumb_page.url or current_breadcrumb_md_url == breadcrumb_page.url  %}
            <li {% if i == forLoopMaxInt %}class="active"{% endif %}>
                {% capture breadcrumb_page_page_url_without_index_html %}{{ breadcrumb_page.url | remove: "index.html" }}{% endcapture %}
                <a href="{{ site.baseurl }}{{breadcrumb_page_page_url_without_index_html}}">{{breadcrumb_page.breadcrumb}}</a>            </li>
        {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}
{% endfor %}

The output will be a breadcrumb for bootstrap. You will need to style the html with css.

<ol class="breadcrumb">
  <li><a href="/">Home</a></li>
  <li><a href="/page1/">Foo</a></li>
  <li class="active"><a href="/page1/subpage1/">Bar</a></li>

You can see a full demo project here: