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Hugo themes

A collection of all themes that were created by the Hugo community. See a complete listing of all of these themes along with screenshots and demos 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.

Build script

For the curious, here’s how this automatic adding is accomplished.


Installing all themes

If you would like to install all of the available Hugo themes, simply clone the entire repository from within your working directory with this command:

git clone --depth 1 --recursive themes

Installing a single theme

cd themes
git clone URL_TO_THEME

Adding a theme to the list

  • Create your theme using hugo new theme THEMENAME;
  • Test your theme against;
  • Add a theme.toml file to the root of the theme and add some metadata about the theme;
  • Add a descriptive to the root of the theme;
  • Add /images/screenshot.png and /images/tn.png (see below);
  • Open up a new issue with a link to the theme's repository on GitHub. Please DO NOT open a pull request!

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.

NOTE: The folder name here 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.

See Artist theme's exampleSite for a good example. And please make the site's content as neutral as possible.

Each theme needs:

  1. To be added to the hugoThemes repo;
  2. To have the right fields in theme.toml;
  3. To have the right images;
  4. A good README;
  5. To have as base url in exampleSite/config.{toml, yaml, json} to avoid the abuse of unused domains.


This file contains metadata about the theme and its creator. Only theme.toml is accepted, not theme.yaml or not theme.json. The following fields are required:

name = "Theme Name"
license = "MIT"
licenselink = "Link to theme's license"
description = "Theme description"
homepage = "Website of your theme"
tags = ["blog", "company"]
features = ["some", "awesome", "features"]
min_version = 0.38

    name = "Your name"
    homepage = "Your website"

# If porting an existing theme
    author = "Name of original author"
    homepage = "His/Her website"
    repo = "Link to source code of original theme"


Screenshots are used as preview in the list. Make sure that they have the right dimensions:

  • Thumbnail should be 900×600 in pixels
  • Screenshot should be 1500×1000 in pixels
  • Media must be located in:
    • [ThemeDir]/images/screenshot.png
    • [ThemeDir]/images/tn.png

Additional media may be provided in that same directory.

Your theme's README file (which should be written in Markdown and called serves a double purpose. This is because its content will appear in two places—i.e., it will appear:

  1. On your theme's details page at; and
  2. At GitHub (as usual), on your theme's regular main page.

Note: 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.