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Hugo (software)

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Initial releaseJuly 5, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-07-05)[1]
Stable release
0.127.0[2]Edit this on Wikidata / 5 June 2024; 18 days ago (5 June 2024)
Written inGo
Operating systemWindows, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, macOS, Android
Platformx86, x86-64, ARM
TypeStatic site generator
LicenseApache License 2.0[3]
Websitegohugo.io Edit this on Wikidata

Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. Steve Francia[4] originally created Hugo as an open source project in 2013. Since v0.14 in 2015,[5] Hugo has continued development under the lead of Bjørn Erik Pedersen with other contributors. Hugo is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.[6]

Hugo is particularly noted for its speed, and Hugo's official website states it is "the world’s fastest framework for building websites". Notable adopters are Smashing Magazine, which migrated from WordPress to a Jamstack solution with Hugo in 2017,[7] and Cloudflare, which switched its Developer Docs from Gatsby to Hugo in 2022.[8]



Hugo takes data files, i18n bundles, configuration, templates for layouts, static files, assets, and content written in Markdown, HTML, AsciiDoctor, or Org-mode and renders a static website. Some notable features are multilingual support, image processing, asset management, custom output formats, markdown render hooks and shortcodes. Nested sections allow for different types of content to be separated, e.g. for a website containing a blog and a podcast.[9]

Hugo can be used in combination with frontend frameworks such as Bootstrap or Tailwind. Hugo sites can be connected to cloud-based CMS software, allowing content editors to modify site content without coding knowledge. Hugo has an extensive list of themes created and maintained by the community.[10]


  1. ^ "Releases - gohugoio/hugo". Retrieved 31 December 2020 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ "Release 0.127.0". 5 June 2024. Retrieved 22 June 2024.
  3. ^ "LICENSE". Github. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  4. ^ "spf13". spf13.com. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  5. ^ "Interview with Bjørn Erik Pedersen, Hugo lead developer". the New Dynamic. October 3, 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  6. ^ "Apache License | Hugo". Hugo website. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  7. ^ Friedman, Vitaly (March 17, 2017). "A Little Surprise Is Waiting For You Here. — Smashing Magazine". Smashing Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  8. ^ "We rebuilt Cloudflare's developer documentation - here's what we learned". The Cloudflare Blog. 2022-05-27. Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  9. ^ van Gumster, Jason (18 May 2017). "Hugo vs. Jekyll: Comparing the leading static website generators". Opensource.com. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Complete List". themes.gohugo.io. Retrieved 2024-03-30.