Add comments FROM FEDIVERSE to Jekyll site

how to implement @carl's HUGO version

Add comments to static site build on Jekyll

Thanks to @carl and his toot about adding comments to Hugo static site. Read source for deeper understanding.

Comment Jekyll site

with small changes and tweaking the code to my preferences I’ve added the same implementation to this jekyll site.

You can add comments to any page on your site just adding some keys to your page front-matter section.

  show: true
  fediusername: carl
  fediid: 105463655803971969

beware of front-matter formatting (two spaces indent)

  • show: true/false to control visibility

from your toot

this toot and its thread will load on your website on demand when pressing LOAD/CARGAR comments button (or any link you may want to use to trigger javascript code).

screenshot showing comments on my blog

Page template

Jekyll uses templates and html pages to render content, so you need to add this code (my modified version) wherever you want to render comments.

  • if section reading show value
  • page.comments.key to read toot’s key values
{% if %}   
<div class="content">
  <p>Utiliza a túa conta de Mastodon para / Use your Mastodon account <a class="link" href="https://{{ page.comments.fediHost }}/@{{ page.comments.fediusername }}/{{ page.comments.fediid }}">comentar esta publicación</a>.</p>
  <p><a class="button" href="https://{{ page.comments.fediHost }}/interact/{{ page.comments.fediid }}?type=reply">Responder/Reply</a></p>
  <p id="mastodon-comments-list"><button id="load-comment">Cargar comentarios</button></p>
  <noscript><p>Precisas JavaScript para ver os comentarios.</p></noscript>
  <script src="/assets/js/purify.min.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript">
    function escapeHtml(unsafe) {
      return unsafe
           .replace(/&/g, "&")
           .replace(/</g, "<")
           .replace(/>/g, ">")
           .replace(/"/g, """)
           .replace(/'/g, "'");

    document.getElementById("load-comment").addEventListener("click", function() {
      document.getElementById("load-comment").innerHTML = "Loading";
      fetch('https://{{ page.comments.fediHost }}/api/v1/statuses/{{ page.comments.fediid }}/context')
        .then(function(response) {
          return response.json();
        .then(function(data) {
          if(data['descendants'] &&
             Array.isArray(data['descendants']) && 
            data['descendants'].length > 0) {
              document.getElementById('mastodon-comments-list').innerHTML = "";
              data['descendants'].forEach(function(reply) {
                reply.account.display_name = escapeHtml(reply.account.display_name);
                reply.account.emojis.forEach(emoji => {
                  reply.account.display_name = reply.account.display_name.replace(`:${emoji.shortcode}:`,
                    `<img src="${escapeHtml(emoji.static_url)}" alt="Emoji ${emoji.shortcode}" height="20" width="20" />`);
                mastodonComment =
                  `<div class="mastodon-comment">
                     <div class="avatar">
                       <img src="${escapeHtml(reply.account.avatar_static)}" height=60 width=60 alt="">
                     <div class="content">
                       <div class="author">
                         <a href="${reply.account.url}" rel="nofollow">
                           <span class="disabled">${escapeHtml(reply.account.acct)}</span>
                         <a class="date" href="${reply.uri}" rel="nofollow">
                           ${reply.created_at.substr(0, 10)}
                       <div class="mastodon-comment-content">${reply.content}</div> 
                document.getElementById('mastodon-comments-list').appendChild(DOMPurify.sanitize(mastodonComment, {'RETURN_DOM_FRAGMENT': true}));
          } else {
            document.getElementById('mastodon-comments-list').innerHTML = "<p>Sen comentarios / No comments</p>";

{% endif %}

CSS classes and formatting can be set to better fit into your website.

You have to add purify.min.js and to your site to clean and sanitize response from server.

Test it!!

go to the original post on my jekyll blog and comment using your fediverse account