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Introduction theme for Hugo

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Introduction is a minimalist, highly-versatile theme for Hugo. It can be configured as a single page, or as a full-featured site with multiple sections. It is multilingual, responsive, and includes a light and dark theme.

New to the Hugo static site generator? Learn the fundamentals here.

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  • Multilingual - supports side-by-side content in different language versions
  • Custom index page sections from Markdown files
  • Projects and Blog sections
  • Page load fade-in CSS effect and smooth scrolling to anchor links
  • Straightforward customization via config.toml
  • Styled Markdown throughout, including post titles
  • Syntax highlighting


  • Sass files included with instant compiling to CSS thanks to Hugo Pipes and PostCSS
  • Thoughtful use of Sass variables makes creating new colour schemes easy

Getting started

Requires the extended version of Hugo. You can find installation instructions here (latest version recommended). Here's a handy Bash function for downloading a specific Hugo version.

To make changes to the theme CSS, extended Hugo's PostCSS requires JavaScript packages to compile the styles. You'll need postcss, postcss-cli, and autoprefixer. Install these globally with npm.

npm i -g postcss postcss-cli autoprefixer

Learn how to install and use npm here.

Note: If you are using Hugo as a snap app, the above Node.js packages have to be installed locally inside exampleSite.

cd exampleSite/
npm i postcss postcss-cli autoprefixer

If you see an error message like:

Error: Error building site: POSTCSS: failed to transform "css/main.css" (text/css): resource "sass/sass/style..." not found in file cache

See issue #210 for more information.

Get the theme

Run from the root of your Hugo site:

git clone themes/introduction

Alternatively, you can include this repository as a git submodule. This makes it easier to update this theme if you have your Hugo site in git as well:

git submodule add themes/introduction

Preview the theme

Introduction ships with an fully configured example site. For a quick preview:

cd themes/introduction/exampleSite/
hugo serve  --themesDir ../..

Then visit http://localhost:1313/ in your browser to view the example site.

Add content

The following explains how to add content to your Hugo site. You can find sample content in the exampleSite/ folder.

Introduction section


hugo new home/

The title frontmatter will be the first large heading.

The content of will be shown as a subtitle line.

You might want to set headless to true in the frontmatter. See headless bundles for more information.

Home page

Content for the home page lives under content/home/. You may add as many files as you want to in markdown format.

Each markdown file will show as a section on the home page and can be ordered by the weight value in the file's frontmatter. You can set image to show an image on the left side of the section. The image file must be in the content/home/ folder.

You may add a contact section by creating

hugo new home/

This will always be shown as the last section on the home page.

Projects section

Introduction provides an easy way to showcase your projects. Each project can even have its own gallery, shown as an image carousel.

Start by creating an index file for the projects section:

hugo new projects/

Add a title and some optional content to the file. Add an optional weight for ordering projects section.

To create a project, run:

hugo new projects/YourProjectName/

The frontmatter of your new file contains some comments to help your configure your project.

You can set external_link to make the project link to another website.

Add images to your project by placing image files in the YourProjectName/ folder. If you add more then one photo, they will display as a carousel gallery. Images will be ordered by filename. The first image will be shown as the project preview image. You can change the order of your images by adding a weight to that resource's parameters:

    - src: NameOfYourImage.jpg
          weight: -100
project_timeframe: "June-December"

You can add a project_timeframe parameter to the frontmatter of your project to optionally display an arbitrary string on the homepage and modal.

Blog section

Create an index file for the blog:

hugo new blog/

Add an optional weight for ordering blog section on your homepage

Create a new blog post with:

hugo new blog/

Posts will also display in the Blog section of the home page.

Configure your site

From exampleSite/, copy config.toml to the root folder of your Hugo site and change the fields as you like. Helpful comments are provided.


Introduction currently ships with support for many languages. Contributions for other language translations are welcome.

To create a new language translation, add the .toml file to the i18n/ folder. See the existing files for the necessary fields.

See the hugo documentation for more details.


Introduction contains a default menu. If you want to override this, you can do so by defining a menu.main in config.toml.

Optionally, you can disable this menu by setting showMenu to false in your config.toml.

Contact section clock

Introduction can optionally show your current local time in your contact section. This uses vanilla JS and variables you provide. You can set this up by copying the settings in the exampleSite config.toml for localTime, timeZone, and timeFormat.


You can easily use for analytics by setting plausible = true in your config.toml. Plausible offers a privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics. You'll need your own Plausible account - see for more.

Google Analytics

Set googleAnalytics in config.toml to activate Hugo's internal Google Analytics template. This supports both Google Analytics 3 (Universal Analytics) and Google Analytics 4. Google Analytics 3 tracking id is of the form 'UA-PROPERTY_ID', and Google Analytics 4 tracking is of the form 'G-MEASUREMENT_ID'.


Set disqusshortname in config.toml to activate Hugo's internal Disqus template.

Custom CSS

You can add custom CSS files by placing them under assets/ and adding the paths to the files to the customCSS list in config.toml.

Custom JavaScript

You can add custom JavaScript files by placing them under assets/ and adding the paths to the files to the customJS list in config.toml.


If you have a question or get stuck, please open an issue for help and to help those who come after you. The more information you can provide, the better!


Contributions for new translations, fixes, and features are welcome.

This theme would not be nearly as awesome without its amazing community of open source contributors. Thank you so much! ❤


Copyright (C) 2017-2023 Victoria Drake

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