Hugo (software)

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Initial releaseJuly 5, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-07-05)[1]
Stable release
0.79.0 / November 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inGo
Operating systemWindows, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, macOS, Android
Platformx86, x86-64, ARM
TypeBlog publishing system
LicenseApache License 2.0[2] Edit this on Wikidata

Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. Originally created by Steve Francia in 2013, Hugo has seen a great increase in both features and performance thanks to current lead developer Bjørn Erik Pedersen (since v0.14 in 2015[3]) and other contributors. Hugo is an open source project licensed under the Apache License 2.0.[4]

Being able to generate most websites within seconds (at < 1 ms per page), Hugo is renowned as "The world’s fastest framework for building websites" thanks to not only it being built with Go but also conscientious efforts by its developers to benchmark and increase performance. Its speed and evolving feature set led to a huge increase in its popularity. For example, in July 2015, Netlify began providing Hugo hosting,[5] and in 2017, Smashing Magazine completed its redesign of their website, migrating from WordPress to a JAMstack solution with Hugo.[6]


Hugo takes data files, i18n bundles, configuration, templates for layouts, static files, and content written in Markdown or Org-mode and renders a static website. Some notable features are multilingual support, image processing, custom output formats, and shortcodes. Nested sections allow for different types of content to be separated. E.g. for a website containing a blog and a podcast.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Releases - gohugoio/hugo". Retrieved 5 November 2020 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ "LICENSE". Github. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview with Bjørn Erik Pedersen, Hugo lead developer". the New Dynamic. October 3, 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  4. ^ "Apache License | Hugo". Hugo website. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Hosting Hugo on Netlify–Insanely Fast Deploys". Netlify. July 30, 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  6. ^ Friedman, Vitaly (March 17, 2017). "A Little Surprise Is Waiting For You Here. — Smashing Magazine". Smashing Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  7. ^ van Gumster, Jason (18 May 2017). "Hugo vs. Jekyll: Comparing the leading static website generators". Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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