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Quire Starter

A Digital Publishing Framework from Getty Publications

This is the starter template for Quire, an open-source multi-format publishing framework built on Hugo. Quire consists of:

Getting Started


There are two ways to get started using this template for your own projects. If you are using the quire-cli, this template is what you will see after running the quire new command in a terminal session.

To start development on your own project, navigate into your project directory and run quire preview to see changes locally, and quire build output static files. The quire pdf and quire epub commands are also available if you are generating other formats for your publication.

Manual setup

Alternatively, you can clone this repository and begin using it directly. In that case you will probably want to "flatten" the starter kit and it's accompanying theme into a single repository so you can keep track of your work in your own Git repository. You only need to follow these steps if you are not using the quire command-line tool (it will take care of that for you).

  1. Clone the kit and its theme submodule: git clone --recursive
  2. Change into the kit directory and remove the submodule from the repo's tree: git rm --cached themes/quire-starter-theme
  3. Remove the .gitmodules file: rm .gitmodules
  4. Add the contents of the theme directory to the repo and commit them: git add themes/quire-starter-theme
  5. Make sure you have a new remote set up to push changes to as you make them.

Quire is built on top of Hugo, so even without the Quire CLI tool you can still preview or build your project the same as you would in any other Hugo website (hugo server, etc.). In order to see any changes you've made to the theme files however, you will also need to run Webpack in the themes/quire-starter-theme subfolder (make sure to install the necessary dependencies there first!). To simulate the quire preview experience you will need to run hugo server in the project root and ./node_modules/.bin/webpack --watch in the themes/quire-starter-theme subfolder.


At some point you will probably want to publish what you have built so that it can be shared with the wider world. Quire currently supports two methods of deployment: Netlify and Github Pages. Both of these services are fast, free, and fairly easy to setup.

Deploying to Netlify

Assuming you have created a repository for this project on GitHub, sign up or log in to Netlify using your GitHub account.

  1. Click the big button labeled new site from Git
  2. Select your repository
  3. Configure the basic build settings: choose appropriate branch (master by default)
  4. You can set the default build command to hugo and the publish directory to public/, but this is not necessare since the netlify.toml file has all the information pre-configured.
  5. Netlify will auto-generate a site URL for you, or you can set it yourself. The default example uses Set this as your baseURL in, and set relativeURLs: true
  6. Now, every time you push up a commit to master on GitHub, Netlify will automatically rebuild your site using the settings in netlify.toml. Pretty cool!

Deploying to GitHub Pages

If you don't need all the features of Netlify, Quire has limited support for GitHub pages as well, but there are a few caveats. Unlike Netlify, GitHub Pages does not support continuous deployment for Hugo/Quire websites. This means you will need to manually deploy the site by running a script provided in bin/ in the project folder.

In, comment out the Netlify lines and uncomment the GH Pages settings. Your baseURL will need to be in the format that GitHub Pages expects ( for most sites). Setting canonifyURLs: true will help to avoid broken links.

Finally, you will need to remove the public/ directory from your .gitignore file so that you can check built files into version control.

At this point you can run bin/ and everything will be pushed up to GitHub on the gh-pages branch. It may take a few moments for everything to become visible online.

If you get git errors when deploying because of upstream changes, you can always delete the gh-pages branch on GitHub and re-run the deploy script.

Deploying Elsewhere

Any web server capable of hosting static files will work (S3, FTP server, etc.), but you will likely need to customize the values in to suit your needs.


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