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Beautiful Hugo - An adaptation of the Beautiful Jekyll theme

Beautiful Hugo Theme Screenshot

Live demo



Install Hugo and create a new site. See the Hugo documentation for details.

Git Submodule

Add Beautifulhugo as git submodule:

$ git submodule add themes/beautifulhugo

Hugo module

Initialize your site as hugo module:

$ hugo mod init

Add Beautifulhugo module as a dependency of your site:

$ hugo mod get

Site preview

Copy the content of exampleSite at the root of your project:

cp -r themes/beautifulhugo/exampleSite/* . -iv

If you installed Beautifulhugo as hugo module, set your theme in your config file (hugo.toml):

  path = ""

Start Hugo:

hugo serve

Extra Features


This theme is designed to look great on both large-screen and small-screen (mobile) devices.

Syntax highlighting

This theme has support for either Hugo's lightning fast Chroma, or both server side and client side highlighting. See the Hugo docs for more.

Chroma - New server side syntax highlighting

To enable Chroma, add the following to your site parameters:

pygmentsCodeFences = true
pygmentsUseClasses = true

Then, you can generate a different style by running:

hugo gen chromastyles --style=trac > static/css/syntax.css

Pygments - Old server side syntax highlighting

To use this feature install Pygments (pip install Pygments) and add the following to your site parameters:

pygmentsStyle = "trac"
pygmentsUseClassic = true

Pygments is mostly compatible with the newer Chroma. It is slower but has some additional theme options. I recommend Chroma over Pygments. Pygments will use syntax.css for highlighting, unless you also set the config pygmentsUseClasses = false which will generate the style code directly in the HTML file.

Highlight.js - Client side syntax highlighting

    useHLJS = true

Client side highlighting does not require pygments to be installed. This will use highlight.min.css instead of syntax.css for highlighting (effectively disabling Chroma). Highlight.js has a wider range of support for languages and themes, and an alternative highlighting engine.

Disqus support

To use this feature add your disqus shortname to the hugo.toml file like this:

    shortname = ''

For further reference see hugo config

Staticman support

Add Staticman configuration section in hugo.toml or hugo.yaml

Sample hugo.toml configuration

  api = "https://<API-ENDPOINT>/v3/entry/{GIT-HOST}/<USERNAME>/<REPOSITORY-BLOGNAME>/master/comments"
      sitekey: "6LeGeTgUAAAAAAqVrfTwox1kJQFdWl-mLzKasV0v"
      secret: "hsGjWtWHR4HK4pT7cUsWTArJdZDxxE2pkdg/ArwCguqYQrhuubjj3RS9C5qa8xu4cx/Y9EwHwAMEeXPCZbLR9eW1K9LshissvNcYFfC/b8KKb4deH4V1+oqJEk/JcoK6jp6Rr2nZV4rjDP9M7nunC3WR5UGwMIYb8kKhur9pAic="

Note: The public API-ENDPOINT is currently hitting its API limit, so one may use other API instances to provide Staticman comment service.

The section [Params.staticman.recaptcha] is optional. To add reCAPTCHA to your site, you have to replace the default values with your own ones (to be obtained from Google.) The site secret has to be encrypted with


You must also configure the staticman.yml in you blog website.

  allowedFields: ["name", "email", "website", "comment"]
  branch            : "master"
  commitMessage     : "New comment in {options.slug}"
  path: "data/comments/{options.slug}"
  filename          : "comment-{@timestamp}"
  format            : "yaml"
  moderation        : true
  requiredFields    : ['name', 'email', 'comment']
    email           : md5
      type          : "date"
        format      : "iso8601"
    enabled: true
    siteKey: "6LeGeTgUAAAAAAqVrfTwox1kJQFdWl-mLzKasV0v"
    secret: "hsGjWtWHR4HK4pT7cUsWTArJdZDxxE2pkdg/ArwCguqYQrhuubjj3RS9C5qa8xu4cx/Y9EwHwAMEeXPCZbLR9eW1K9LshissvNcYFfC/b8KKb4deH4V1+oqJEk/JcoK6jp6Rr2nZV4rjDP9M7nunC3WR5UGwMIYb8kKhur9pAic="

If you don't have the section [Params.staticman] in hugo.toml, you won't need the section reCaptcha in staticman.yml

Site Disclaimer

If you need to put a Disclaimer on your website (e.g. "My views are my own and not my employer's"), you can do so via the following:

  • Uncomment and edit the disclaimerText parameter in hugo.toml.
  • If you need to adjust the disclaimer's styling, modify the declarations within the footer div.disclaimer selector in static/css/main.css.

The code for the disclaimer text is in layouts/partials/footer.html. Moving this code block to another partial file (or relocating it within footer.html) will require changes to the css selector in main.css as well.

Google Analytics

To add Google Analytics, simply sign up to Google Analytics to obtain your Google Tracking ID, and add this tracking ID to the googleAnalytics parameter in hugo.toml.

Note that the Google Analytics tracking code will only be inserted into the page when the site isn't served on Hugo's built-in server, to prevent tracking from local testing environments.

Commit SHA on the footer

If the source of your site is in a Git repo, the SHA corresponding to the commit the site is built from can be shown on the footer. To do so, two site parameters commit has to be defined in the config file hugo.toml:

enableGitInfo = true
  commit = "<username>/<siterepo>/tree/"

See at vincenttam/ for an example of how to add it to a continuous integration system.


To allow Beautiful Hugo to go multilingual, you need to define the languages you want to use inside the languages parameter on hugo.toml file, also redefining the content dir for each one. Check the i18n/ folder to see all languages available.

    contentDir = "content/en" # English
    contentDir = "content/ja" # Japanese
    contentDir = "content/br" # Brazilian Portuguese

Now you just need to create a subdir within the content/ folder for each language and just put stuff inside page/ and post/ regular directories.

content/      content/      content/  
└── en/       └── br/       └── ja/ 
    ├── page/     ├── page/     ├── page/
    └── post/     └── post/     └── post/

Self Hosted assets for GDPR / EU-DSGVO compliance

With default settings, visiting to a website using Beautifulhugo connects also to remote services like google fonts or jsdelivr to embed fonts, js and other assets.

To avoid this, set the following param in hugo.toml:

  selfHosted = true

Extra shortcodes

There are two extra shortcodes provided (along with the customized figure shortcode):


This simply adds the html5 detail attribute, supported on all modern browsers. Use it like this:

{{< details "This is the details title (click to expand)" >}}
This is the content (hidden until clicked).
{{< /details >}}


This adds a two column side-by-side environment (will turn into 1 col for narrow devices):

{{< columns >}}
This is column 1.
{{< column >}}
This is column 2.
{{< endcolumns >}}

Social Media Icons

In order to show social media icons in the footer, add a section like this to your hugo.yaml or hugo.toml. You can see the full list of supported social media sites in data/beautifulhugo/social.toml.

  name: "Author Name"
  website: ""
  github: halogenica/beautifulhugo
  twitter: username
  discord: 96VAXXvjCB
    name = "Author Name"
    website = ""
    github = "halogenica/beautifulhugo"
    twitter = "username"
    discord = "96VAXXvjCB"


This is an adaptation of the Jekyll theme Beautiful Jekyll by Dean Attali. It supports most of the features of the original theme, and many new features. It has diverged from the Jekyll theme over time, with years of community updates.


MIT Licensed, see LICENSE.