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Add Your Hugo Theme to the Showcase
If you've built a Hugo theme and want to contribute back to the Hugo Community, add your theme to the Hugo Showcase.
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A collection of all themes created by the Hugo community, including screenshots and demos, can be found at Every theme in this list will automatically be added to the theme site. Theme updates aren't scheduled but usually happen at least once a week.

Adding a theme to the list

  1. Create your theme using hugo new theme <THEMENAME>;
  2. Test your theme against *
  3. Add a theme.toml file to the root of the theme with all required metadata
  4. Add a descriptive to the root of the theme source
  5. Add /images/screenshot.png and /images/tn.png

* If your theme doesn't fit into the Hugo Basic Example site, we encourage theme authors to supply a self-contained Hugo site in /exampleSite/, but note that for security reasons the content directory on the Hugo showcase will still be published from the Hugo Basic Example repository.

{{% note %}} The folder name here---exampleSite---is important, as this folder will be picked up and used by the script that generates the Hugo Theme Site. It mirrors the root directory of a Hugo website and allows you to add custom content, assets, and a config file with preset values. {{% /note %}}

See the Hugo Artist theme's exampleSite for a good example.

{{% note %}} Please make your example site's content is as neutral as possible. We hope this goes without saying. {{% /note %}}

Theme Requirements

In order to add your theme to the Hugo Themes Showcase, the following requirements need to be met:

  1. theme.toml with all required fields
  2. Images for thumbnail and screenshot
  3. A good README file instructions for users
  4. Addition to the hugoThemes GitHub repository

Add Your Theme to the Repo

The easiest way to add your theme is to open up a new issue in the theme repository with a link to the theme's repository on GitHub.

Create a theme.toml File

theme.toml contains metadata about the theme and its creator and should be created automatically when running the hugo new theme. The auto-generated file is provided here as well for easy downloading:

{{< code file="theme.toml" download="theme.toml" >}} name = "" license = "MIT" licenselink = "" description = "" homepage = "" tags = [] features = [] min_version = 0.19

[author] name = "" homepage = ""

If porting an existing theme

[original] name = "" homepage = "" repo = "" {{< /code >}}

The following fields are required:

name = "Hyde"
license = "MIT"
licenselink = ""
description = "An elegant open source and mobile first theme"
homepage = ""
tags = ["blog", "company"]
features = ["blog"]
min_version = 0.13

    name = "spf13"
    homepage = ""

# If porting an existing theme
    author = "mdo"
    homepage = ""
    repo = ""

{{% note %}}

  1. This is different from the theme.toml file created by hugo new theme in Hugo versions before v0.14.
  2. Only theme.toml is accepted; ie. not theme.yaml and theme.json. {{% /note %}}


Screenshots are used for previews in the Hugo Theme Gallery. Make sure that they have the right dimensions:

  • Thumbnail should be 900px × 600px
  • Screenshot should be 1500px × 1000px
  • Media must be located in
    • /images/screenshot.png
    • /images/tn.png

Additional media may be provided in the same directory.

Create a README File

Your theme's README file should be written in markdown and saved at the root of your theme's directory structure. Your serves as

  1. Content for your theme's details page at
  2. General information about the theme in your GitHub repository (i.e., it's usual purpose, features and instructions)

{{% note "Screenshots in your"%}} If you add screenshots to the README, please make use of absolute file paths instead of relative ones like /images/screenshot.png. Relative paths work great on GitHub but they don't correspond to the directory structure of Therefore, browsers will not be able to display screenshots on the theme site under the given (relative) path. {{% /note %}}

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