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Beautiful Hugo - An adaptation of the Beautiful Jekyll theme

Beautiful Hugo Theme Screenshot


$ mkdir themes
$ cd themes
$ git submodule add beautifulhugo

See the Hugo documentation for more information.

Extra Features


This theme is designed to look great on both large-screen and small-screen (mobile) devices.

Syntax highlighting

This theme has support for either Hugo's lightning fast Chroma, or both server side and client side highlighting. See the Hugo docs for more.

Chroma - New server side syntax highlighting

To enable Chroma, add the following to your site parameters:

pygmentsCodeFences = true
pygmentsUseClasses = true

Then, you can generate a different style by running:

hugo gen chromastyles --style=trac > static/css/syntax.css

Pygments - Old server side syntax highlighting

To use this feature install Pygments (pip install Pygments) and add the following to your site parameters:

pygmentsStyle = "trac"
pygmentsUseClassic = true

Pygments is mostly compatable with the newer Chroma. It is slower but has some additional theme options. I recommend Chroma over Pygments. Pygments will use syntax.css for highlighting, unless you also set the config pygmentsUseClasses = false which will generate the style code directly in the HTML file.

Highlight.js - Client side syntax highlighting

    useHLJS = true

Client side highlighting does not require pygments to be installed. This will use highlight.min.css instead of syntax.css for highlighting (effectively disabling Chroma). Highlight.js has a wider range of support for languages and themes, and an alternative highlighting engine.

Disqus support

To use this feature, uncomment and fill out the disqusShortname parameter in config.toml.

Staticman support

Add Staticman configuration section in config.toml or config.yaml

Sample config.toml configuration

  api = "https://<API-ENDPOINT>/v3/entry/{GIT-HOST}/<USERNAME>/<REPOSITORY-BLOGNAME>/master/comments"
      sitekey: "6LeGeTgUAAAAAAqVrfTwox1kJQFdWl-mLzKasV0v"
      secret: "hsGjWtWHR4HK4pT7cUsWTArJdZDxxE2pkdg/ArwCguqYQrhuubjj3RS9C5qa8xu4cx/Y9EwHwAMEeXPCZbLR9eW1K9LshissvNcYFfC/b8KKb4deH4V1+oqJEk/JcoK6jp6Rr2nZV4rjDP9M7nunC3WR5UGwMIYb8kKhur9pAic="

Note: The public API-ENDPOINT is currently hitting its API limit, so one may use other API instances to provide Staticman comment service.

The section [Params.staticman.recaptcha] is optional. To add reCAPTCHA to your site, you have to replace the default values with your own ones (to be obtained from Google.) The site secret has to be encrypted with


You must also configure the staticman.yml in you blog website.

  allowedFields: ["name", "email", "website", "comment"]
  branch            : "master"
  commitMessage     : "New comment in {options.slug}"
  path: "data/comments/{options.slug}"
  filename          : "comment-{@timestamp}"
  format            : "yaml"
  moderation        : true
  requiredFields    : ['name', 'email', 'comment']
    email           : md5
      type          : "date"
        format      : "iso8601"
    enabled: true
    siteKey: "6LeGeTgUAAAAAAqVrfTwox1kJQFdWl-mLzKasV0v"
    secret: "hsGjWtWHR4HK4pT7cUsWTArJdZDxxE2pkdg/ArwCguqYQrhuubjj3RS9C5qa8xu4cx/Y9EwHwAMEeXPCZbLR9eW1K9LshissvNcYFfC/b8KKb4deH4V1+oqJEk/JcoK6jp6Rr2nZV4rjDP9M7nunC3WR5UGwMIYb8kKhur9pAic="

If you don't have the section [Params.staticman] in config.toml, you won't need the section reCaptcha in staticman.yml

Google Analytics

To add Google Analytics, simply sign up to Google Analytics to obtain your Google Tracking ID, and add this tracking ID to the googleAnalytics parameter in config.toml.

Note that the Google Analytics tracking code will only be inserted into the page when the site isn't served on Hugo's built-in server, to prevent tracking from local testing environments.

If the source of your site is in a Git repo, the SHA corresponding to the commit the site is built from can be shown on the footer. To do so, two site parameters commit has to be defined in the config file config.toml:

enableGitInfo = true
  commit = "<username>/<siterepo>/tree/"

See at vincenttam/ for an example of how to add it to a continuous integration system.


To allow Beautiful Hugo to go multilingual, you need to define the languages you want to use inside the languages parameter on config.toml file, also redefining the content dir for each one. Check the i18n/ folder to see all languages available.

    contentDir = "content/en" # English
    contentDir = "content/ja" # Japanese
    contentDir = "content/br" # Brazilian Portuguese

Now you just need to create a subdir within the content/ folder for each language and just put stuff inside page/ and post/ regular directories.

content/      content/      content/  
└── en/       └── br/       └── ja/ 
    ├── page/     ├── page/     ├── page/
    └── post/     └── post/     └── post/

Extra shortcodes

There are two extra shortcodes provided (along with the customized figure shortcode):


This simply adds the html5 detail attribute, supported on all modern browsers. Use it like this:

{{< details "This is the details title (click to expand)" >}}
This is the content (hidden until clicked).
{{< /details >}}


This adds a two column side-by-side environment (will turn into 1 col for narrow devices):

{{< columns >}}
This is column 1.
{{< column >}}
This is column 2.
{{< endcolumns >}}


This is an adaptation of the Jekyll theme Beautiful Jekyll by Dean Attali. It supports most of the features of the original theme, and many new features. It has diverged from the Jekyll theme over time, with years of community updates.


MIT Licensed, see LICENSE.