Hugo provides its own webserver which builds and serves the site.
While hugo server is high performance, it is a webserver with limited options.
Many run it in production, but the standard behavior is for people to use it
in development and use a more full featured server such as Nginx or Caddy.
‘hugo server’ will avoid writing the rendered and served content to disk,
preferring to store it in memory.
By default hugo will also watch your files for any changes you make and
automatically rebuild the site. It will then live reload any open browser pages
and push the latest content to them. As most Hugo sites are built in a fraction
of a second, you will be able to save and see your changes nearly instantly.
hugo server [flags]
--appendPort append port to baseURL (default true)
-b, --baseURL string hostname (and path) to the root, e.g. http://spf13.com/
--bind string interface to which the server will bind (default "127.0.0.1")
-D, --buildDrafts include content marked as draft
-E, --buildExpired include expired content
-F, --buildFuture include content with publishdate in the future
--cacheDir string filesystem path to cache directory. Defaults: $TMPDIR/hugo_cache/
--cleanDestinationDir remove files from destination not found in static directories
-c, --contentDir string filesystem path to content directory
-d, --destination string filesystem path to write files to
--disableFastRender enables full re-renders on changes
--disableKinds strings disable different kind of pages (home, RSS etc.)
--disableLiveReload watch without enabling live browser reload on rebuild
--enableGitInfo add Git revision, date and author info to the pages
--forceSyncStatic copy all files when static is changed.
--gc enable to run some cleanup tasks (remove unused cache files) after the build
-h, --help help for server
--i18n-warnings print missing translations
--ignoreCache ignores the cache directory
-l, --layoutDir string filesystem path to layout directory
--liveReloadPort int port for live reloading (i.e. 443 in HTTPS proxy situations) (default -1)
--meminterval string interval to poll memory usage (requires --memstats), valid time units are "ns", "us" (or "µs"), "ms", "s", "m", "h". (default "100ms")
--memstats string log memory usage to this file
--navigateToChanged navigate to changed content file on live browser reload
--noChmod don't sync permission mode of files
--noHTTPCache prevent HTTP caching
--noTimes don't sync modification time of files
-p, --port int port on which the server will listen (default 1313)
--renderToDisk render to Destination path (default is render to memory & serve from there)
-s, --source string filesystem path to read files relative from
--stepAnalysis display memory and timing of different steps of the program
--templateMetrics display metrics about template executions
--templateMetricsHints calculate some improvement hints when combined with --templateMetrics
-t, --theme string theme to use (located in /themes/THEMENAME/)
--themesDir string filesystem path to themes directory
-w, --watch watch filesystem for changes and recreate as needed (default true)