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See the live demo (of the default configuration) here:

Tested with Zola v0.17.2. Please note that earlier versions might not work because of breaking changes across Zola versions.

Fork disclaimer

This theme is a fork (not a port) of "Terminal" Hugo theme by Radosław Kozieł (aka. panr):

Many thanks for that outstanding original theme, Radek!

For more information about this fork and the differences to the original theme, please see: Changes compared to the original theme below.


This theme used to be non-versioned, e.g. you'd pull the master branch, and occasionally new features or fixes would be released.

Starting from version v1.0.0, the project adopted Semantic Versioning.

Please check the GitHub releases to see a change log and work out if there's any breaking changes.

How to start

Option A: clone the theme directly into your Zola site folder:

$ git clone themes/terminimal

Option B: include it as a git submodule (it's better if you plan to use CI builders):

$ git submodule add themes/terminimal

Then in your config.toml set:

theme = "terminimal"

# Sass compilation is required
compile_sass = true

Also see the Zola documentation on using themes:


The theme adds two custom shortcodes related to image handling.


Used to show images.

Required arguments:

  • src

Optional arguments:

  • alt
  • position (center [default] | left | right)
  • style


{{ image(src="/img/hello.png", alt="Hello Friend",
         position="left", style="border-radius: 8px;") }}


Same as image, but with a few extra optional arguments:

  • caption (supports markdown)
  • caption_position (center [default] | left | right)
  • caption_style


{{ figure(src="",
          style="width: 25%;",
          caption="**Ferris**, the (unofficial) Rust mascot",
          caption_style="font-style: italic;") }}


To add an image to a post, set the og_image extra option to the desired image in the same directory of the markdown file:

og_image = "colocated_image.png"

Additionally, for the section pages and for posts to have a fallback image, add default_og_image to the [extra] section:

default_og_image = "static/ocean.jpg"


Only show the post's description

On each post you can specify the following:

description = "test description"

show_only_description = true

This will render test description under this particular post on the homepage instead of a summary.


Both the accent colors and background colors are configurable.

By default, both accent and background are set to blue.

To configure menu, add this in [extra] section of your config.toml:


# One of: blue, green, orange, pink, red.
# Defaults to blue.
# Append -light for light themes, e.g. blue-light
# Or append -auto, e.g. blue-auto
accent_color = "green"

# One of: blue, dark, green, orange, pink, red, light, auto
# Enabling dark background will also modify primary font color to be darker.
# Defaults to accent color (or, if not accent color specified, to blue).
background_color = "dark"

Logo text and link

You can set the "logo" text and what it links to, by modifying config.toml like so:


# The logo text - defaults to "Terminimal theme"
logo_text = "My blog"

# The logo link - defaults to base_url.
logo_home_link = "/take/me/away!"

Author and copyright

You can set the footer's copyright author name like this:


# Author name: when specified, modifies the default
# copyright text. Apart from author, it will
# contain current year and a link to the theme.
author = "My Name"

If you don't like the default copyright text, you can set it to completely custom HTML:


# Copyright text in HTML format. If specified,
# entirely replaces default copyright and author.
copyright_html = "My custom&nbsp;<b>copyright</b>"


The menu is optional, static (all items are always shown, no matter what the screen size) and fully user-configurable.

To configure menu, add this in [extra] section of your config.toml:


# menu is enabled by adding menu_items (optional)
menu_items = [
    # each of these is optional, name and url are required
    # $BASE_URL is going to be substituted by base_url from configuration
    {name = "blog", url = "$BASE_URL"},
    # tags should only be enabled if you have "tags" taxonomy
    # see documentation below for more details
    {name = "tags", url = "$BASE_URL/tags"},
    {name = "archive", url = "$BASE_URL/archive"},
    {name = "about me", url = "$BASE_URL/about"},
    # set newtab to true to make the link open in new tab
    {name = "github", url = "url-to-your-github", newtab = true},


The theme optionally supports tags. To enable them, create a "tags" taxonomy in your config.toml:

taxonomies = [
    {name = "tags"},

Enabling tags will create a new /tags page, and cause them to show up in archive section. Note that you still need to create a menu link to the tags page manually.


Pagination is fully supported for post list (main site) and intra-post (you can navigate to earlier and later posts).

To make sure pagination works properly, you must first configure it in content/

# number of pages to paginate by
paginate_by = 2

# sorting order for pagination
sort_by = "date"

Then, tweak the theme's pagination config in config.toml:


# Whether to show links to earlier and later posts
# on each post page (defaults to true).
enable_post_view_navigation = true

# The text shown at the bottom of a post,
# before earlier/later post links.
# Defaults to "Thanks for reading! Read other posts?"
post_view_navigation_prompt = "Read more"

Language code

Internationalization / translation is not supported but you can set the HTML language code for your site:

default_language = "en"

Hack font subset

By default, the theme uses a mixed subset of the Hack font. Normal weight font uses full character set (for Unicode icons and special symbols), but all others (bold, italic etc) use a limited subset.

This results in much smaller transfer sizes, but the subset might not contain all the Unicode characters you need.

You can enable full unicode support in config.toml:


# Use full Hack character set, not just a subset.
# Switch this to true if you need full unicode support.
# Defaults to false.
use_full_hack_font = true

Also see Hack's docs.


The theme supports adding a global favicon (applies to all pages) to the site:

# Optional: Global favicon URL and mimetype.
#           Mimetype defaults to "image/x-icon".
#           The URL should point at a file located
#           in your site's "static" directory.
favicon = "/favicon.png"
favicon_mimetype = "image/png"

Page titles

The theme allows you to configure how the page titles (the <title> elements) are rendered.

Use "combined" to render titles as "Page title | Main title".

# Optional: Set how <title> elements are rendered.
# Values:
# - "main_only" -- only the main title (`config.title`) is rendered.
# - "page_only" -- only the page title (if defined) is rendered,
#                  falling back to `config.title` if not defined or empty.
# - "combined" -- combine like so: "page_title | main_title",
#                 or if page_title is not defined or empty, fall back to `main_title`
# Note that the main (index) page only has the main title.
page_titles = "combined"

All the configuration options are also described in config.toml.


Each of the templates defines named blocks, so it should be quite easy to customize the most common things.

For example, if you want to add extra <meta> tags to the base template, index.html, create file like this in templates/index.html:

{% extends "terminimal/templates/index.html" %}

{% block extra_head %}
    <meta name="description" content="My awesome website"/>
    <meta name="keywords" content="Hacking,Programming,Ranting"/>
{% endblock %}

How to contribute

If you spot any bugs or wish to contribute new features, please create a new Pull Request.

Changes compared to the original theme

This theme has been forked from

  • Slight changes in the layout and styling.

    • Content has been centered (instead of left-aligned).
    • The header stripes have been spaced out.
    • Tweaks to pagination, especially on mobile (small screens).
    • The post title underline is dashed instead of doubly-dotted.
    • All links are underlined, as per Brutalist Web Design Guidelines.
    • Tweaks to header font sizes.
    • Minor footer tweaks.
  • Absolutely no JavaScript.

    • No JavaScript needed to pre-process anything. Zola with its Sass pre-processor is the only dependency.
    • There's no menu trigger.
    • Things load crazy fast, as it's all static content.
    • Prism.js syntax highlighting is not supported (you can use Zola's).
  • All references to social media (e.g. Twitter) have been removed.

  • All references to external URLs (e.g. Google CDN) have been removed. This theme's static assets are meant to be served from where it's hosted.

  • Hack is the default font.

  • The default color theme is blue (original uses orange).

New features

  • You can pick the accent color as well as background color. There's a new dark background. See Configuration below for details.
  • Active "section" links will change color indicating the active section. This is all static, done at template level.

Features retained from the original

  • 5 color themes, depending on your preference: blue (default), green, orange, pink, red.
  • The shortcodes image and figure (See Shortcodes).
  • Fully responsive.


Copyright © 2019 Paweł Romanowski (pawroman)

Original theme: Copyright © 2019 Radosław Kozieł (@panr)

The theme is released under the MIT License. Check the license file for more information.

The license for Hack fonts used is included in