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Hugo Whisper Theme

Whisper is a minimal documentation theme built for Hugo. The design and functionality is intentionally minimal.

Live Demo | Zerostatic Themes

Hugo Whisper Theme screenshot

Theme features

Content Types

  • Docs (Markdown)
  • Homepage

Content Management

  • This theme generates documentation from markdown files located in content/docs
  • The "Home" page is not documentation, it can be used to introduce your project etc.


  • Beautiful and clean typography for all semantic HTML elements


  • SCSS (Hugo Pipelines)
  • Responsive design
  • Bootstrap 4 grid and media queries only


  • 100/100 Google Lighthouse speed score
  • 21KB without images
  • Vanilla JS only


  • Responsive mobile menu managed in config.toml


  • Documentation examples included, using all markdown syntax


To use this theme you will need to have Hugo installed. If you don't already have Hugo installed please follow the official installation guide

Check Hugo version (Hugo 0.51+ Extended is required)

This theme uses Hugo Pipes to compile SCSS and minify assets. Please make sure you have the Hugo Extended version installed. If you are not using the extended version this theme will not not compile.

To check your version of Hugo, run:

hugo version

This will output the currently installed version of Hugo. Make sure you see /extended after the version number, for example Hugo Static Site Generator v0.51/extended darwin/amd64 BuildDate: unknown You do not need to use version v0.51 specifically, you can use any version of Hugo above 0.51. It just needs to have the /extended part

Create a new Hugo site

hugo new site mynewsite

This will create a fresh Hugo site in the folder mynewsite.

Install theme

Copy or git clone this theme into the sites themes folder mynewsite/themes

Install with Git

cd mynewsite
git clone themes/hugo-whisper-theme

Install from .zip file

You can download the .zip file located here

Extract the downloaded .zip inside the themes folder. Rename the extracted folder from hugo-whisper-theme-master -> hugo-whisper-theme. You should end up with the following folder structure mynewsite/themes/hugo-whisper-theme

Add example content

Copy the entire contents of the mynewsite/themes/hugo-whisper-theme/exampleSite/ folder to root folder of your Hugo site, ie mynewsite/

To copy the files using terminal, make sure you are still in the projects root, ie the mynewsite folder.

cp -a themes/hugo-whisper-theme/exampleSite/. .

Update config.toml

After you copy the config.toml into the root folder of your Hugo site you will need to update the baseURL, themesDir and theme values in mynewsite/config.toml

baseURL = "/"
themesDir = "themes"
theme = "hugo-whisper-theme"

Run Hugo

After installing the theme for the first time, generate the Hugo site.

You run this command from the root folder of your Hugo site ie mynewsite/


For local development run Hugo's built-in local server.

hugo server

Now enter localhost:1313 in the address bar of your browser.


If you fork or copy this theme the LICENSE file and the copyright notice on line 3 (where I am listed as the author) must not be changed. You cannot just replace the copyright line with your own name. Attribution in your or on your site is also welcome but not required.


Whisper is a minimal documentation theme for Hugo.





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