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Hello Friend

The theme is no longer maintained, but can still be used

Even if the repository is archived you can still use the theme, fork it, download it, expand it, etc. Remember that each Hugo theme is a module that can be modified to match your needs. The theme is fully "open" and it depends only on the internal engines implemented in Hugo.

The theme brings many useful features thanks to all people that contributed to it (I want to thank you all!). At the time of archiving the theme has reached 14th place on the official Hugo Themes list. This is huge! Thanks to you!

Hello Friend


  • dark/light mode, depending on your preferences (the theme of your operating system is default, but you can change it)
  • great reading experience thanks to Inter font, made by Rasmus Andersson
  • nice code highlighting thanks to PrismJS
  • fully responsive

Built-in shortcodes

  • image (prop required: src; props optional: alt, position (left is default | center | right), style)
    • eg: {{< image src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" >}}
  • figure (same as image, plus few optional props: caption, captionPosition (left | center is default | right), captionStyle
    • eg: {{< figure src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" caption="Hello Friend!" captionPosition="right" captionStyle="color: red;" >}}
  • imgproc Hugo shortcode for image processing, plus additional position param [ left | center | right ] (optional).
  • code (prop required: language; props optional: title, id, expand (default "△"), collapse (default "▽"), isCollapsed)
    • eg:
    {{< code language="css" title="Really cool snippet" id="1" expand="Show" collapse="Hide" isCollapsed="true" >}}
    pre {
      background: #1a1a1d;
      padding: 20px;
      border-radius: 8px;
      font-size: 1rem;
      overflow: auto;
      @media ($phone) {
        white-space: pre-wrap;
        word-wrap: break-word;
      code {
        background: none !important;
        color: #ccc;
        padding: 0;
        font-size: inherit;
    {{< /code >}}

Code highlighting

By default the theme is using PrismJS to color your code syntax. All you need to do is to wrap you code like this:

  // your code here

Supported languages: bash/shell, css, clike, javascript, apacheconf, actionscript, applescript, c, csharp, cpp, coffeescript, ruby, csp, css-extras, diff, django, docker, elixir, elm, markup-templating, erlang, fsharp, flow, git, go, graphql, less, handlebars, haskell, http, java, json, kotlin, latex, markdown, makefile, objectivec, ocaml, perl, php, php-extras, r, sql, processing, scss, python, jsx, typescript, toml, reason, textile, rust, sass, stylus, scheme, pug, swift, yaml, haml, twig, tsx, vim, visual-basic, wasm.

Improved RSS Feed

Some enhancements have been made to Hugo's internal RSS generation code.

A page's cover image now appears at the top of its feed display. This image is set manually using the cover params. If unset, the RSS generator searches for the first image file in the page bundle whose name includes 'featured', 'cover', or 'thumbnail'.

You can optionally display the full page content in your RSS feed (default is Description or Summary data from Front Matter). Set rssFullText = true in your config.toml file to enable this option.

You can choose a site image to be displayed when searching for your RSS feed. Set rssImage = "image/url/here" in your config.toml file to enable this option.

How to start

You can download the theme manually by going to and pasting it to themes/hello-friend in your root directory.

You can also choose one of the 3 possibilities to install the theme:

  1. as Hugo Module
  2. as a standalone local directory
  3. as a git submodule

⚠️ The theme needs at least Hugo Extended v0.90.x.

Install theme as Hugo Module

# If this is the first time you're using Hugo Modules
# in your project. You have to initiate your own module before
# you fetch the theme module.
# hugo mod init [your website/module name]
hugo mod get

and in your config file add:

  # this is needed when you fetch the theme as a submodule to your repo.
  # replacements = " -> themes/hello-friend"
  path = ''

Keep in mind that the theme by default won't show up in the themes directory. This means that you are using the theme as it was on the repository at the moment you fetched it. Your local go.sum file keeps all the references. Read more about Hugo Modules in the official documentation.

⚠️ If you encounter any issues with:

Error: module "hello-friend" not found; either add it as a Hugo Module or store it in "[...your custom path]/themes".: module does not exist

then please try to remove theme = "hello-friend" from your config file.

Install theme locally

git clone themes/hello-friend

This will clone the repository directly to the themes/hello-friend directory.

Install theme as a submodule

git submodule add -f themes/hello-friend

This will install the repository as a sumbodule in the themes/hello-friend directory.

How to run your site

From your Hugo root directory run:

hugo server -t hello-friend

and go to localhost:1313 in your browser. From now on all the changes you make will go live, so you don't need to refresh your browser every single time.

How to configure

The theme doesn't require any advanced configuration. Just copy:

baseurl = "/"
languageCode = "en-us"
# Add it only if you keep the theme in the `themes` directory.
# Remove it if you use the theme as a remote Hugo Module.
theme = "hello-friend"
paginate = 5

  # dir name of your blog content (default is `content/posts`).
  # the list of set content will show up on your index page (baseurl).
  contentTypeName = "posts"

  # OS theme is default when not provided, but you can force it to "light" or "dark"
  defaultTheme = "dark"

  # if you set this to 0, only submenu trigger will be visible
  showMenuItems = 2

  # Show reading time in minutes for posts
  showReadingTime = false

  # Show table of contents at the top of your posts (defaults to false)
  # Alternatively, add this param to post front matter for specific posts
  # toc = true

  # Show full page content in RSS feed items
  #(default is Description or Summary metadata in the front matter)
  # rssFullText = true

    title = "Hello Friend"
    subtitle = "A simple theme for Hugo"
    keywords = ""
    copyright = ""
    menuMore = "Show more"
    writtenBy = "Written by"
    readMore = "Read more"
    readOtherPosts = "Read other posts"
    newerPosts = "Newer posts"
    olderPosts = "Older posts"
    minuteReadingTime = "min read"
    dateFormatSingle = "2006-01-02"
    dateFormatList = "2006-01-02"
    # leave empty to disable, enter display text to enable
    # lastModDisplay = ""

      logoText = "hello friend"
      logoHomeLink = "/"
    # or
    # path = "/img/your-example-logo.svg"
    # alt = "Your example logo alt text"

        identifier = "about"
        name = "About"
        url = "/about"
        identifier = "showcase"
        name = "Showcase"
        url = "/showcase"

to config.toml file in your Hugo root directory and change params fields. In case you need, here's a YAML version.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that currently main menu doesn't support nesting.

How to add a cover image to your posts

Adding a cover image to your post is simple and there are two options when you edit your file in content/posts/blog-entry-xy/

  • Use cover = "/path/to/absolute/img.jpg" to link an absolute image
    • Resulting in
  • Use cover = "img.jpg" and useRelativeCover = true to link the image relative to the blog post folder
    • Resulting in
  • Use coverAlt = "description of image" to add custom alt text to the cover image (defaults to post or page title as alt text)
  • Use coverCaption = "Image Credit to [Barry Bluejeans](" to add a caption for the cover image.

How to display the Last Modified Date in your posts

Add lastModDisplay = "[your display text]" to config.toml to enable last modified date on your posts. Note - an empty string value "" does not display anything.

Example: lastModDisplay = "Modified:" --> "Modified: Jan 01, 0001"

:octocat: Hugo's enableGitInfo option is a nice complement to this feature.

How to hide "Read more" button

In a post's front matter you have to add hideReadMore param set to true. This will result in that the post won't have "Read more" button in the list view.


How to edit the theme

If you are using as a remote Hugo Module (you don't have the theme files in the theme/hello-friend) and you have to override only some of the styles, you can do this easily by adding static/style.css in your root directory and point things you want to change.

If you have the theme files in the theme directory, then you can directly edit anything in the theme, you just have to go to themes/hello-friend and modify the files. No compilation step needed.

Found a bug?

If you spot any bugs, please use Issue Tracker or create a new Pull Request to fix the issue.

New cool idea or feature?

The theme is in constant development since 2019 and has got many cool features that helped many of you and made the theme better. But there were also many features that I wasn't sure about because I want to keep the theme as simple as possible.

So, let's say you have an idea of how to extend the theme. That's cool and you're welcome to do that, just follow these steps:

  • fork the theme
  • implement the feature
  • write an instruction how to use the feature
  • give a working example of the implementation for other users
  • add info about your work to
  • make a PR with edited

This will help keeping the theme close to its roots, and also allow anyone who wishes to improve it and match their needs, to do whatever they want.

Sounds OK? Cool, let's rock! 🤘

Hello Friend theme user?

I'd be happy to know more about you and what you are doing. If you want to share it, please make a contribution and add your site to the list! 🤗


Copyright © 2019-2022 Radosław Kozieł (@panr)

The theme is released under the MIT License. Check the original theme license for additional licensing information.