Installing on Windows

Installing Hugo on Windows

This tutorial aims to be a complete guide to installing Hugo on your Windows computer.


  1. You know how to open a command prompt window.
  2. You’re running a 64-bit version of Windows.
  3. Your website is
  4. You will use D:\Hugo\Sites as the starting point for your site.
  5. You will use D:\Hugo\bin to store executable files.

Setup Your Directories

You will need a place to store the Hugo executable, your content (the files that you build), and the generated files (the HTML that Hugo builds for you).

  1. Open up Windows Explorer.
  2. Create a new folder, D:\Hugo.
  3. Create a new folder, D:\Hugo\bin.
  4. Create a new folder, D:\Hugo\Sites.

Download the pre-built Hugo executable for Windows

One advantage of building Hugo in go is that there is just a single binary file to use. You don’t need to run an installer to use it. Instead, you need to copy the binary to your hard drive. I’m assuming that you’ll put it in D:\Hugo\bin. If you chose to place it somewhere else, you’ll need to substitute that path in the commands.

  1. Open in your browser.
  2. The current version is
  3. Download that ZIP file and save it in your D:\Hugo\bin folder.
  4. Find that ZIP file in Windows Explorer and extract all the files from it.
  5. You should see a hugo_0.13_windows_amd64.exe file.
  6. Rename that file to hugo.exe.
  7. Verify that the hugo.exe file is in the D:\Hugo\bin folder. (It’s possible that the extract put it in a sub-directory. If it did, use Windows Explorer to move it to D:\Hugo\bin.)
  8. Add the hugo.exe executable to your PATH with: D:\Hugo\bin>set PATH=%PATH%;D:\Hugo\bin

Verify the executable

Run a few commands to verify that the executable is ready to run and then build a sample site to get started.

  1. Open a command prompt window.

  2. At the prompt, type hugo help and press the Enter key. You should see output that starts with:

    A Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator built with love by spf13 and friends in Go. Complete documentation is available at

    If you do, then the installation is complete. If you don’t, double-check the path that you placed the hugo.exe file in and that you typed that path correctly when you added it to your PATH variable. If you’re still not getting the output, post a note on the Hugo discussion list (in the Support topic) with your command and the output.

  3. At the prompt, change your directory to the Sites directory.

    C:\Program Files> cd D:\Hugo\Sites
    C:\Program Files> D:
  4. Run the command to generate a new site. I’m using as the name of the site.

    D:\Hugo\Sites> hugo new site
  5. You should now have a directory at D:\Hugo\Sites\ Change into that directory and list the contents. You should get output similar to the following:

     Directory of D:\hugo\sites\
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          .
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          ..
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          archetypes
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM                83 config.toml
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          content
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          data
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          layouts
    04/13/2015  10:44 PM    <DIR>          static
                   1 File(s)             83 bytes
                   7 Dir(s)   6,273,331,200 bytes free

You now have Hugo installed and a site to work with. You need to add a layout (or theme), then create some content. Go to for steps on doing that.


@dhersam has a nice video on common issues at