A minimalistic and responsive theme for bloggers.

Cactus Theme

Cactus is a minimalistic theme for bloggers based on the default theme of the same-named Cactus static site generator written in Python and Nick Balestra’s Jekyll port. Noteworthy features of this Hugo theme are the integration of a comment-system powered by Disqus, a customizable about page, support for RSS feeds, syntax highlighting for source code and sharing options for blog posts.




Inside the folder of your Hugo site run:

$ mkdir themes
$ cd themes
$ git clone

For more information read the official setup guide of Hugo.

The config file

Take a look inside the exampleSite folder of this theme. You’ll find a file called config.toml.

To use it, copy the config.toml in the root folder of your Hugo site. Feel free to change strings as you like to customize your website.

About page

Use the about page to introduce yourself to your visitors. You can customize the content as you like in the config.toml. Furthermore, you should replace the avatar placeholder with a great image of yourself.


This theme features a comment system powered by Disqus too. Just add your Disqus-shortname to the config.toml and let readers respond to your blog posts.

Nearly finished

In order to see your site in action, run Hugo’s built-in local server.

$ hugo server -w

Now enter localhost:1313 in the address bar of your browser.


Did you found a bug or got an idea for a new feature? Feel free to use the issue tracker to let me know. Or make directly a pull request.


This theme is released under the MIT license. For more information read the License.


Thanks to Steve Francia for creating Hugo and the awesome community around the project.