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My Hugo Shortcodes

These are shortcodes that I have created for the Hugo static blogging engine.

To use them, copy the HTML files into your-hugo-blog/layouts/shortcodes/ or your-hugo-blog/themes/current-theme/layouts/shortcodes/. I do not suggest the second approach. Create the shortcodes directory if it does not exist. You can learn more about shortcodes from Hugo documentation.

Codecaption (codecaption.html)

Adds title to code blocks.


{{< codecaption lang="html" title="Code caption shortcode" >}}
<figure class="code">
    <span>{{ .Get "title" }}</span>
  <div class="codewrapper">
    {{ highlight .Inner (.Get "lang") "linenos=true" }}
{{< /codecaption >}}

Results in:

Captioned codeblock

Image Caption (imgcap.html)

This shortcode adds captions to pictures. Due to the way the original css file was organized, this shortcode does not use <figure> and <figcaption>. Alt will also be set to title.


{{< imgcap title="Sample caption" src="/images/2016/thetheme/1.png" >}}

Results in HTML:

<span class="caption-wrapper">
  <img class="caption" src="/images/2016/thetheme/1.png" title="Sample caption" alt="Sample caption">
  <span class="caption-text">Sample caption</span>

Wikipedia Link Generator (wp.html)

I attempted to the re-create the Jekyll Wikipedia link generator by Keltia. You can see the source here.

You can see the discussion on Hugo forums here with my original gist.

It has some shortcomings. There are definitely better ways to do this. Personally I prefer the named parameter version because the shortcode is easier to write but this should work for both.


You can either use named parameters:

  • {{< wp tag="VIC_cipher" >}}
  • {{< wp tag="VIC_cipher" lang="fr" >}}
  • {{< wp tag="VIC_cipher" lang="fr" title="" >}}
  • {{< wp tag="VIC_cipher" title="VIC Cipher" >}}
  • {{< wp tag="VIC_cipher" lang="en" title="VIC Cipher" >}}

Rendered to:

<a href="">VIC_cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC_cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC_cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC Cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC Cipher</a>

Or positional:

  • {{< wp VIC_cipher >}}
  • {{< wp VIC_cipher fr >}}
  • {{< wp VIC_cipher "" fr >}}
  • {{< wp VIC_cipher "VIC Cipher" >}}
  • {{< wp VIC_cipher "VIC Cipher" fr >}}
<a href="">VIC_cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC_cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC_cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC Cipher</a>
<a href="">VIC Cipher</a>

It does not remove the underlines from tag to use in title. I have not found a Hugo template function for that yet (perhaps there is one).

Octopress blockquote (blockquote.html)

Port of the Octopress blockquote plugin at

It supports author, link, source and title. If title is not provided and link is longer than 32 characters, it is cut at the last forward slash similar to the original plugin.

It can be used as follows (also in tests/wp-test.markdown):

Normal quote:
{{< blockquote >}}
  This is a simple quote.
{{< /blockquote >}}

Quote with author
{{< blockquote author="Author2" >}}
  This is a quote with only an Author named Author2.
{{< /blockquote >}}

Quote with author and source
{{< blockquote author="Author3" source="Source" >}}
  This is a quote from Author3 and source "source."
{{< /blockquote >}}

Quote with author and link
{{< blockquote author="Author4" link="" >}}
  This is a quote from Author4 and links to
{{< /blockquote >}}

Quote with author, link and title
{{< blockquote author="Author5" link="" title="Google" >}}
  This is a quote from Author5 and links to with title "Google."
{{< /blockquote >}}

Quote with author and a link longer than 32 characters, string is first cut at 32 characters then everything after the last forward slash is removed
{{< blockquote author="Author6" link="" >}}
  This is a quote from Author5 and links to which is longer than 32 characters.
  <br>And this is a new line in the quote with the HTML br tag.
{{< /blockquote >}}

Test from the Octopress blockquote page at:
{{< blockquote author="@allanbranch" link="" >}}
  Over the past 24 hours I've been reflecting on my life & I've realized only one thing. I need a medieval battle axe.
{{< blockquote >}}

Results in:


Year (year.html)

Displays the current year - based on shortcode tutorial at

Usage: {{< year >}}.

abbr HTML Tag (abbr.html)

Creates an abbr HTML tag. The structure for this tag looks like:

<abbr title="World Health Organization">WHO</abbr>

Which is created by the following shortcode:

{{< abbr title="World Health Organization" text="WHO" >}}

mark HTML Tag (mark.html)

Creates a mark HTML tag to highlight text.

Usage: {{< mark text="highlighted text" >}} results in the following HTML:

<mark>highlighted text</mark>

Editor Snippets

I have created snippets for Atom, Sublime and VS Code.

Sublime Text Completions

Sublime text completions are stored in a .sublime-completion file in the User directory.

VS Code Snippets

VS Code snippets can be added to File > Preferences > User Snippets > markdown.json. For more information please see:

Atom Snippets

I use Atom editor these days so I created a couple of snippets to insert these shortcodes while editing Markdown files. In order to read on how to create snippets please refer to Atom's Snippets package.

Open your snippets file (on Windows it's File > Open Your Snippets) and paste the editor-snippets\atom-snippets.cson into it.

My original mistake was to repeat '.source.gfm' before the imgcap snippet, seems like cson keys should not be repeated.

For more information please see:


I don't know, MIT I guess.


My Hugo Shortcodes





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