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A Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator written in Go

What is Hugo?

Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. It is optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory with content and templates and renders them into a full html website. Hugo makes use of markdown files with front matter for meta data.
Hugo is a tool in the Static Site Generators category of a tech stack.
Hugo is an open source tool with 54.8K GitHub stars and 6.2K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Hugo's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Hugo?

Companies
253 companies reportedly use Hugo in their tech stacks, including Buzzvil, Braincube, and NetApp.

Developers
755 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Hugo.

Hugo Integrations

Markdown, Go, Strapi, Buddy, and GitLab Pages are some of the popular tools that integrate with Hugo. Here's a list of all 9 tools that integrate with Hugo.
Pros of Hugo
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Lightning fast
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Single Executable
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Easy setup
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Great development community
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Open source
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Write in golang
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LiveReload built in
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Hacker mindset
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Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
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Easy to customize themes
3
Gitlab pages integration
2
Fast builds
1
Well documented
1
Easy to learn
1
Very fast builds
Decisions about Hugo

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Hugo in their tech stack.

Gabriel Guzman
Software Development Manager at Lightspeed · | 1 upvote · 44.8K views
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Setting up a personal website, consisting of statically generated html files.

OpenBSD @httpd Hugo Ansible

Rely on the simplicity and security record of OpenBSD to keep my deployments easy to manage and run. Ansible playbooks for easily provisioning copies of the same setup. Using the httpd daemon provided by OpenBSD as it's full featured and included in the base operating system. Hugo creates static html based on markdown files that live in my home directory, and they are copied up to the server using scp.

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Hugo's Features

  • Run Anywhere - Hugo is quite possibly the easiest to install software you've ever used, simply download and run. Hugo doesn't depend on administrative privileges, databases, runtimes, interpreters or external libraries. Sites built with Hugo can be deployed on S3, Github Pages, Dropbox or any web host.
  • Fast & Powerful - Hugo is written for speed and performance. Great care has been taken to ensure that Hugo build time is as short as possible. We're talking milliseconds to build your entire site for most setups.
  • Flexible - Hugo is designed to work how you do. Organize your content however you want with any URL structure. Declare your own content types. Define your own meta data in YAML, TOML or JSON.

Hugo Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Hugo?
Jekyll
Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories.
Hexo
Hexo is a fast, simple and powerful blog framework. It parses your posts with Markdown or other render engine and generates static files with the beautiful theme. All of these just take seconds.
WordPress
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
MkDocs
It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
Pelican
Pelican is a static site generator that supports Markdown and reST syntax. Write your weblog entries directly with your editor of choice (vim!) in reStructuredText or Markdown.
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Hugo's Followers
932 developers follow Hugo to keep up with related blogs and decisions.