🐳 Docker Image for Hugo, a fast and flexible static site generator
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Hugo Docker Image

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Hugo is a fast and flexible static site generator, written in Go. Hugo flexibly works with many formats and is ideal for blogs, docs, portfolios and much more. Hugo’s speed fosters creativity and makes building a website fun again.

This Lightweight Docker Image is based on Alpine, and comes with rsync for Continuous Deployment.

Get Started

Print Hugo Help:

docker run --rm -it jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo help

Create a new Hugo managed website:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo new site mysite
cd mysite

# Now, you probably want to add a theme (see https://themes.gohugo.io/):
git init
git submodule add https://github.com/budparr/gohugo-theme-ananke.git themes/ananke;
echo 'theme = "ananke"' >> config.toml

Add some content:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo new posts/my-first-post.md

# Now, you can edit this post, add your content and remove "draft" flag:
xdg-open content/posts/my-first-post.md

Build your site:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo

Serve your site locally:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -p 1313:1313 -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo server -w --bind=

Then open http://localhost:1313/ in your browser.

To go further, read the Hugo documentation.

Bash Alias

For ease of use, you can create a bash alias:

alias hugo='docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo'
alias hugo-server='docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -p 1313:1313 -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo server --bind'

Now, you can use hugo help, hugo new foo/bar.md, hugo-server -w, etc.

Supported tags

The latest builds are:

A complete list of available tags can be found on the docker store page.


By default, this docker image run as the root user. This makes it easy to use as base image for other Dockerfiles (switching back and forth adds extra layers and is against the current best practices advised by Docker). Most (all official?) base images leave the default user as root.

However, this docker image also define a non-root user hugo (UID 1000, GID 1000) which can be switched on at run time using the --user flag to docker run.

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src --user hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo

You can also change this according your needs, by setting another UID/GID. For instance, to run hugo with user www-data:www-data (UID 33, GID 33) :

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -u 33:33 jguyomard/hugo-builder hugo


The extras tag adds additional tools and packages:

  • py-pygments

To use this version:

docker run --rm -it -v $PWD:/src -u hugo jguyomard/hugo-builder:extras hugo

Continuous Deployment

I use this Docker image for Continuous Deployment. You can find some CI config examples in the ci-deploy directory.

This Docker image also comes with:

  • rsync
  • git
  • openssh-client
  • minify


If you have any problems with or questions about this docker image, please contact me through a GitHub issue. If the issue is related to Hugo itself, please leave an issue on the Hugo official repository.


You are invited to contribute new features, fixes or updates to this container, through a Github Pull Request.