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Hypertext Theme

Hypertext is a theme for Grav CMS that prioritizes speed and simplicity. It does not require (nor does it include) any Javascript and it keeps styles to a bare minimum. This ensures a fast, consistent user experience across browsers and devices.

You can see it live here.

The Hypertext theme keeps things minimal.

Why does this theme exist? Most Grav themes come with heavy JS requirements. Sometimes 1MB or more! These slow down browsers and create compatibility issues. Grav is a very powerful CMS but there should be an option for people who want something as close to hand-coded HTML as possible. This theme tries to separate form and function to create a truly unique experience. It even works in windows 95!


  • Virtually weightless for maximum performance
  • CSS/JS squelches to completely cut out any unnecessary stuff
  • Fully responsive across almost any device
  • Includes headless parameter for serving only content
  • HTML 3 & HTML 5 compliance modes
  • Hyperlegible override for visually impaired users
  • 25 built-in, open source stylesheets

Supported Page Templates

  • Default view template
  • Error view template
  • Directory view template
  • Blog view template and
  • Blog item view template and

Getting started

Here are some links to get you started:

Special thanks go out to Ricardo, the theme champion in the Grav Discord server, Andy Miller creator of Grav CMS, and my wife who's sick of hearing about this project by now.


Installing the theme can be done in one of two ways. Grav's GPM (Grav Package Manager) installation method enables you to quickly and easily install the theme with a simple terminal command, while the manual method enables you to do so via a zip file.

GPM Installation (Preferred)

The simplest way to install this theme is via the Grav Package Manager (GPM) through your system's Terminal (also called the command line). From the root of your Grav install type:

bin/gpm install hypertext

This will install the Hypertext theme into your /user/themes directory within Grav. Its files can be found under /your/site/grav/user/themes/hypertext.

Manual Installation

To install this theme, just download the zip version of this repository and unzip it under /your/site/grav/user/themes. Then, rename the folder to hypertext. You can find these files either on GitHub or via

You should now have all the theme files under


NOTE: This theme is a modular component for Grav which requires the Grav, Error and Problems plugins.


As development for the Hypertext theme continues, new versions may become available that add additional features and functionality, improve compatibility with newer Grav releases, and generally provide a better user experience. Updating Hypertext is easy, and can be done through Grav's GPM system, as well as manually.

GPM Update (Preferred)

The simplest way to update this theme is via the Grav Package Manager (GPM). You can do this with this by navigating to the root directory of your Grav install using your system's Terminal (also called command line) and typing the following:

bin/gpm update hypertext

This command will check your Grav install to see if your Hypertext theme is due for an update. If a newer release is found, you will be asked whether or not you wish to update. To continue, type y and hit enter. The theme will automatically update and clear Grav's cache.

Manual Update

Manually updating Hypertext is pretty simple. Here is what you will need to do to get this done:

  • Delete the your/site/user/themes/hypertext directory.
  • Downalod the new version of the Hypertext theme from either GitHub or
  • Unzip the zip file in your/site/user/themes and rename the resulting folder to hypertext.
  • Clear the Grav cache. The simplest way to do this is by going to the root Grav directory in terminal and typing bin/grav clear-cache.

Note: Any changes you have made to any of the files listed under this directory will also be removed and replaced by the new set. Any files located elsewhere (for example a YAML settings file placed in user/config/themes) will remain intact.


This Hypertext theme runs on the latest version(s) of Grav CMS, namely 1.6 or higher.


If you want to set Hypertext as the default theme, you can do so by following these steps:

  • Navigate to /your/site/grav/user/config.
  • Open the system.yaml file.
  • Change the theme: setting to theme: hypertext.
  • Save your changes.
  • Clear the Grav cache. The simplest way to do this is by going to the root Grav directory in Terminal and typing bin/grav clear-cache.

Once this is done, you should be able to see the new theme on the frontend. Keep in mind any customizations made to the previous theme will not be reflected as all of the theme and templating information is now being pulled from the hypertext folder.