Hugo (software)

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Initial releaseJuly 5, 2013; 9 years ago (2013-07-05)[1]
Stable release
0.103.0[2] / 15 September 2022; 11 days ago (15 September 2022)
Written inGo
Operating systemWindows, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, macOS, Android
Platformx86, x86-64, ARM
TypeBlog publishing system
LicenseApache License 2.0[3] 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[4]) and other contributors. Hugo is an open source project licensed under the Apache License 2.0.[5]

Being able to generate most websites within seconds (at < 1 ms per page), Hugo's official website states it is "the world’s fastest framework for building websites". In July 2015, Netlify began providing Hugo hosting,[6] and in 2017, Smashing Magazine completed its redesign of their website, migrating from WordPress to a JAMstack solution with Hugo.[7]

In 2022, the Cloudflare Developer Docs also switched from Gatsby to Hugo.[8]


Hugo takes data files, i18n bundles, configuration, templates for layouts, static files, and content written in Markdown, AsciiDoctor, 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.[9]


  1. ^ "Releases - gohugoio/hugo". Retrieved 31 December 2020 – via GitHub.
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  3. ^ "LICENSE". Github. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Interview with Bjørn Erik Pedersen, Hugo lead developer". the New Dynamic. October 3, 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  5. ^ "Apache License | Hugo". Hugo website. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Hosting Hugo on Netlify–Insanely Fast Deploys". Netlify. July 30, 2015. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  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". Retrieved 11 March 2018.

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