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Etch is a simple, responsive theme for Hugo with a focus on writing. A live demo is available at



  • Homepage with list of posts.
  • Support for pages.
  • Responsive design for optimized mobile experience.
  • Syntax highlighting with customizable theme.
  • Dark theme which automatically adjusts based on users' setting (example).
  • No external dependencies, no JavaScript, no web fonts.
  • Internationalization friendly: use default English translations or create your own


To install etch, download the repository into the themes folder in the root of your site.

$ git submodule add themes/etch

Then, use the theme to generate your site.

$ hugo server -t etch

Use the sample configuration as a starting point. See the configuration page for more info.

Read the wiki to learn about more options.