Automatically Convert URL into Link

If I write a plaintext URL, is it posisble to have Jekyll render that as a Link?

Writing something like []( is rather redundant.

Jekyll’s default Markdown processor Kramdown has support for automatic links using <> brackets. Example:

Writing something like <> is concise.

I appreciate this as a workaround, but it isn’t quite what I was looking to implement. I was hoping for a plugin that finds “naked” URLs and turns them into anchor links.

It is odd that there’s no obvious plugin to add auto-linking. The closest I’ve found is jekyll-autolink_email (which only handles email links). However it uses the Rinku library to insert the auto-links, so the plugin could be simply modified to handle HTTP URLs: