Hugo Book

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Hugo Book

Hugo documentation theme as simple as plain book


The Hugo Book Theme is a simple and clean Hugo documentation theme with a design that resembles a plain book. It is licensed under the MIT license and built with Hugo. The theme features a clean and simple design, with a focus on being light and mobile-friendly. It also supports multi-language functionality and can be customized to fit individual needs. The theme requires Hugo 0.79 or higher and can be installed either as a git submodule or as a Hugo module.


  • Clean and simple design
  • Light and mobile-friendly
  • Multi-language support
  • Customizable
  • Zero initial configuration
  • Handy shortcodes
  • Comments support
  • Simple blog and taxonomy


To install the Hugo Book theme as a git submodule, navigate to your Hugo project root and run the following command:

git submodule add themes/hugo-book

Then run Hugo using the command:


Alternatively, you can install the theme as a Hugo module. Start by initializing Hugo modules if you haven't done so already. Navigate to your Hugo project root and add the following section to your config.toml file:

path = ""

To load/update the theme module and run Hugo, use the following command:



The Hugo Book Theme is a lightweight and user-friendly documentation theme for Hugo. With its clean design, mobile-friendly layout, and support for multiple languages, it provides a seamless reading experience. The theme can be easily installed as a git submodule or a Hugo module, and it offers various customization options for individual needs. Additionally, the theme includes handy shortcodes, support for comments, and a simple blogging feature. Whether you're creating technical documentation or a personal blog, the Hugo Book Theme offers a clean and intuitive interface for presenting your content.


Hugo is an open-source static site generator that features fast build times, flexible themes, support for multiple content formats, multilingual websites, live reloading, and an active community. It allows developers to easily create and deploy SEO-friendly and mobile-responsive websites.


Documentation themes are built specifically for writing technical and product documentation. They are normally written and maintained in Markdown. The often include a navigation menu, search bar, clear headings, semantic document structure and clean typography.