Skip to content


Folders and files

Last commit message
Last commit date

Latest commit


Repository files navigation


A hugo theme for personal blog. Fork from hexo theme cactus created by @probberechts.

Live demo on github pages.

Some works are still in progress. See TODOS below.


  1. clone cactus to your hugo site's themes folder.
git clone themes/cactus
  1. change your theme to cactus in your site config
# config.toml

theme = "cactus"
  1. config your site. See [Config] or a complete config sample
  2. test your site
hugo server
  1. publish your site in your prefered way. See hugo's doc: Hosting & Deployment


Color themes


  colortheme = "white" # dark, light, white, or classic

Custom CSS

  css = ["css/custom.css"]

You can add multiple custom stylesheets which will be loaded after the main theme css. For example, the above line will load the CSS-file placed at /static/css/custom.css.


# Main menu which appears below site header.
name = "Home"
url = "/"
weight = 1

name = "All posts"
url = "/posts"
weight = 2

name = "Tags"
url = "/tags"
weight = 3

name = "About"
url = "/about"
weight = 4

Homepage settings

  • description: description will be displayed in the homepage. Markdown syntax is supported in the description string.

  description = "Hugo is a general-purpose website framework. Technically speaking, Hugo is a static site generator. Unlike systems that dynamically build a page with each visitor request, Hugo builds pages when you create or update your content. Since websites are viewed far more often than they are edited, Hugo is designed to provide an optimal viewing experience for your website’s end users and an ideal writing experience for website authors."
  • set your main section (used as the link for the "writings" title on the homepage)
  mainSection = "posts"
  • change the default main section title from Writings, to something else:
  mainSectionTitle = "Blog"
  • Show only the 5 most recent posts (default)
  showAllPostsOnHomePage = false
  postsOnHomePage = 5
  • show all posts
  showAllPostsOnHomePage = true
  postsOnHomePage = 5 # this option will be ignored
  • show tagsoverview (default) or not
  tagsOverview = true
  • display the table of contents inline on blog posts, rather than as part of the navigation menu:
  tocInline = true
  • show projects list (default) or not.
  showProjectsList = true
  projectsUrl = ""

Projects section will not be shown if no data file is detected. See Projects list below.

Projects list

Create your projects data file data/projects.yaml|toml|json. Hugo support yaml, toml and json formats. for former hexo cactus users: please assign your json array to a list key.

for example, data/projects.json:

   "list": [
         "desc":"A fast, simple & powerful blog framework"
         "name":"Font Awesome",
         "desc":"The iconic font and CSS toolkit"

Social media links

  name = "github"
  link = ""

  name = "email"
  link = "" # no need for "mailto:" at the start

  name = "linkedin"
  link = ""

The name key expects the name of a Font Awesome icon.


Assign your copy right to .Site.Copyright. Cactus will append current year to the head.

TODO: Customizable copyright year

copyright = "Zeran Wu" # cactus theme will use site title if copyright is not set


Comments is disabled by default. Enable comments in your .Site.Params.

    enabled = true
    # engine = "disqus" # in progress

You can also enable/disable comments per post. in your posts' front matter, add:

comments: true

The site config is ignored when comments option exists in front matter.

The default engine is disqus. By now only disqus is supported in cactus. I will add more options sooner or later. See Comments Alternatives

Before using disqus, you need to register and get your disqus shortname. Assign your shortname in .Site.disqusShortname, or cactus will use .Site.Title by default.

disqusShortname = "wzr" # cactus will use site title if not set


Use hugo's built-in syntax highlighting.

default config:

    codeFences = true
    guessSyntax = false
    hl_Lines = ""
    lineNoStart = 1
    lineNos = false
    lineNumbersInTable = true
    noClasses = true
    style = "monokai"
    tabWidth = 4


Cactus uses hugo's bulit in analytics templates. Check hugo's documents for details.

Set you tracking id in your site config.

googleAnalytics = "UA-XXXXXXXX-XX" # or G-XXXXXXXX if you are using Google Analytics v4 (gtag.js)

If you are using Google Analytics v3 (analytics.js), you can switch to asynchronous tracking by set params.googleAnalyticsAsync to true.

googleAnalyticsAsync = true # not required


The rss feed is not generated by default. you can enable it in your site config:

  rss = true

The rss link will be assuming your baseURL is set to

Please also check Configure RSS


Cactus supports mathjax. Just add mathjax option in your site config:

  mathjax = true  # not required

You can also enable/disable mathjax per post. In your posts' front matter, add:

mathjax: true # or false

The site config will be ignored when mathjax option exists in front matter.


Pagination on posts archive can be disabled to show all posts in chronological order

  showAllPostsArchive = true # or false (default)


  • More comments engines
  • RSS
  • I18n
  • Analytics
  • Local Search
  • toc template
  • Customizable copyright year
  • gallery
  • expose mathjax configuration