All contributions to Hugo are welcome. Whether you want to scratch an itch or simply contribute to the project, feel free to pick something from the roadmap or contact the dev team via the Forums or Gitter about what may make sense to do next.
You should fork the project and make your changes. We encourage pull requests to discuss code changes.
When you’re ready to create a pull request, be sure to:
- Have test cases for the new code. If you have questions about how to do it, please ask in your pull request.
- Squash your commits into a single commit.
git rebase -i. It’s okay to force update your pull request.
make checkand ensure it succeeds. Travis CI and Appveyor will runs these checks and fail the build if
We wrote a detailed guide for newcomers that guides you step by step to your first contribution. If you are more experienced, follow the guide below.
Building from source
Hugo uses govendor to vendor dependencies, but we don’t commit the vendored packages themselves to the Hugo git repository.
Therefore, a simple
go get is not supported since
go get is not vendor-aware.
You must use govendor to fetch Hugo’s dependencies.
Fetch the Sources
go get github.com/kardianos/govendor govendor get github.com/spf13/hugo
cd $HOME/go/src/github.com/spf13/hugo go run main.go
cd $HOME/go/src/github.com/spf13/hugo make build # or to install to $HOME/go/bin: make install
You got your new website running and it’s powered by Hugo? Great. You can add your website with a few steps to the showcase.
First, make sure that you created a fork of Hugo on GitHub and cloned your fork on your local computer. Next, create a separate branch for your additions:
# You can choose a different descriptive branch name if you like git checkout -b showcase-addition
Let’s create a new document that contains some metadata of your homepage. Replace
example in the following examples with something unique like the name of your website. Inside the terminal enter the following commands:
cd docs hugo new showcase/example.md
You should find the new file at
content/showcase/example.md. Open it in an editor. The file should contain a frontmatter with predefined variables like below:
--- date: 2016-02-12T21:01:18+01:00 description: "" license: "" licenseLink: "" sitelink: http://spf13.com/ sourceLink: https://github.com/spf13/spf13.com tags: - personal - blog thumbnail: /img/spf13-tn.jpg title: example ---
Add at least values for
description and a path for
Furthermore, we need to create the thumbnail of your website. It’s important that the thumbnail has the required dimensions of 600px by 400px. Give your thumbnail a name like
example-tn.png. Save it under
Check a last time that everything works as expected. Start Hugo’s built-in server in order to inspect your local copy of the showcase in the browser:
If everything looks fine, we are ready to commit your additions. For the sake of best practices, please make sure that your commit follows our code contribution guideline.
git commit -m"docs: Add example.com to the showcase"
Last but not least, we’re ready to create a pull request.
Don’t forget to accept the contributor license agreement. Click on the yellow badge in the automatically added comment in the pull request.