Make sure either
hugo is in your
PATH or provide a path to it.
$ hugo help Hugo is a Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator built with love by spf13 and friends in Go. Complete documentation is available at http://gohugo.io Usage: hugo [flags] hugo [command] Available Commands: server Hugo runs its own webserver to render the files version Print the version number of Hugo config Print the site configuration check Check content in the source directory benchmark Benchmark hugo by building a site a number of times new Create new content for your site undraft Undraft changes the content's draft status from 'True' to 'False' genautocomplete Generate shell autocompletion script for Hugo gendoc Generate Markdown documentation for the Hugo CLI. help Help about any command Flags: -b, --baseURL="": hostname (and path) to the root, e.g. http://spf13.com/ -D, --buildDrafts=false: include content marked as draft -F, --buildFuture=false: include content with publishdate in the future --cacheDir="": filesystem path to cache directory. Defaults: $TMPDIR/hugo_cache/ --config="": config file (default is path/config.yaml|json|toml) -d, --destination="": filesystem path to write files to --disableRSS=false: Do not build RSS files --disableSitemap=false: Do not build Sitemap file --editor="": edit new content with this editor, if provided -h, --help=false: help for hugo --ignoreCache=false: Ignores the cache directory for reading but still writes to it --log=false: Enable Logging --logFile="": Log File path (if set, logging enabled automatically) --noTimes=false: Don't sync modification time of files --pluralizeListTitles=true: Pluralize titles in lists using inflect -s, --source="": filesystem path to read files relative from --stepAnalysis=false: display memory and timing of different steps of the program -t, --theme="": theme to use (located in /doc/themes/THEMENAME/) --uglyURLs=false: if true, use /filename.html instead of /filename/ -v, --verbose=false: verbose output --verboseLog=false: verbose logging -w, --watch=false: watch filesystem for changes and recreate as needed Additional help topics: hugo convert Convert will modify your content to different formats hugo list Listing out various types of content Use "hugo help [command]" for more information about a command.
Common Usage Example
The most common use is probably to run
hugo with your current directory being the input directory:
$ hugo 0 draft content 0 future content 99 pages created 0 paginator pages created 16 tags created 0 groups created in 120 ms
This generates your web site to the
ready to be deployed to your web server.
Instant feedback as you develop your web site
If you are working on things and want to see the changes immediately, tell Hugo to watch for changes. Hugo will watch the filesystem for changes, and rebuild your site as soon as a file is saved:
$ hugo -s ~/Code/hugo/docs 0 draft content 0 future content 99 pages created 0 paginator pages created 16 tags created 0 groups created in 120 ms Watching for changes in /Users/spf13/Code/hugo/docs/content Press Ctrl+C to stop
$ hugo server -ws ~/Code/hugo/docs 0 draft content 0 future content 99 pages created 0 paginator pages created 16 tags created 0 groups created in 120 ms Watching for changes in /Users/spf13/Code/hugo/docs/content Serving pages from /Users/spf13/Code/hugo/docs/public Web Server is available at http://localhost:1313/ Press Ctrl+C to stop
Deploying your web site
hugo server for local web development,
you need to do a final
hugo run without the
server command to rebuild your site. You may then deploy your site by copying the
(by FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Rsync, git push, etc.) to your production web server.
Since Hugo generates a static website, your site can be hosted anywhere, including Heroku, GoDaddy, DreamHost, GitHub Pages, Amazon S3 and CloudFront, or any other cheap or even free static web hosting services.
A note about deployment
hugo does not remove generated files before building. This means that you should delete your
public/ directory (or the directory you specified with
--destination) before running the
hugo command, or you run the risk of the wrong files (e.g. drafts and/or future posts) being left in the generated site.
An easy way to work around this is to use different directories for development and production.
To start a server that builds draft content (helpful for editing), you can specify a different destination: the
$ hugo server -wDs ~/Code/hugo/docs -d dev
When the content is ready for publishing, use the default
$ hugo -s ~/Code/hugo/docs
This prevents content you’re not ready to share yet from accidentally becoming available.
Alternatively, serve your web site with Hugo!
Yes, that’s right! Because Hugo is so blazingly fast both in web site creation and in web serving (thanks to its concurrent and multi-threaded design and its Go heritage), some users actually prefer using Hugo itself to serve their web site on their production server!
No other web server software (Apache, nginx, IIS…) is necessary.
Here is the command:
$ hugo server --baseURL=http://yoursite.org/ \ --port=80 \ --appendPort=false \ --bind=22.214.171.124
bind option, which is the interface to which the server will bind (defaults to
127.0.0.1, which is fine for most development use cases). Some hosts, like Amazon Web Services, runs network address translation and it can sometimes be hard to figure out the actual IP address. Using
--bind=0.0.0.0 will bind to all interfaces.
This way, you may actually deploy just the source files, and Hugo on your server will generate the resulting web site on-the-fly and serve them at the same time.
You may optionally add
--disableLiveReload=true if you do not want
Interested? Here are some great tutorials contributed by Hugo users:
- hugo, syncthing (French) by Frédéric Logier (@fredix)