Installing Hugo on Windows
This tutorial aims to be a complete guide to installing Hugo on your Windows computer.
- We’ll call your website
example.comfor the purpose of this tutorial.
- You will use
C:\Hugo\Sitesas the starting point for your site.
- You will use
C:\Hugo\binto store executable files.
Setup Your Directories
You’ll 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).
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Create a new folder:
C:\Hugo(assuming you want Hugo on your C drive – it can go anywhere.)
- Create a subfolder in the Hugo folder:
- Create another subfolder in Hugo:
- Download the latest zipped Hugo executable from the Hugo Releases page.
- Extract all contents to your
- The hugo executable will be named as
hugo_hugo-version_platform_arch.exe. Rename that executable to
hugo.exefor ease of use.
- In PowerShell or your preferred CLI, add the
hugo.exeexecutable to your PATH by navigating to
C:\Hugo\bin(or the location of your hugo.exe file) and use the command
set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Hugo\bin. If the
hugocommand does not work after a reboot, you may have to run the command prompt as administrator.
Less technical users
- Go the Hugo Releases page.
- The latest release is announced on top. Scroll to the bottom of the release announcement to see the downloads. They’re all ZIP files.
- Find the Windows files near the bottom (they’re in alphabetical order, so Windows is last) – download either the 32-bit or 64-bit file depending on whether you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. (If you don’t know, see here.)
- Move the ZIP file into your
- Double-click on the ZIP file and extract its contents. Be sure to extract the contents into the same
C:\Hugo\binfolder – Windows will do this by default unless you tell it to extract somewhere else.
- You should now have three new files: hugo executable (example: hugo_0.18_windows_amd64.exe), license.md, and readme.md. (you can delete the ZIP download now.). Rename that hugo executable (hugo_hugo-version_platform_arch.exe) to hugo.exe for ease of use.
Now add Hugo to your Windows PATH settings:
For Windows 10 users:
- Right click on the Start button.
- Click on System.
- Click on Advanced System Settings on the left.
- Click on the Environment Variables… button on the bottom.
- In the User variables section, find the row that starts with PATH (PATH will be all caps).
- Double-click on PATH.
- Click the New… button.
- Type in the folder where
hugo.exewas extracted, which is
C:\Hugo\binif you went by the instructions above. The PATH entry should be the folder where Hugo lives, not the binary. Press Enter when you’re done typing.
- Click OK at every window to exit.
Note that the path editor in Windows 10 was added in the large November 2015 Update. You’ll need to have that or a later update installed for the above steps to work. You can see what Windows 10 build you have by clicking on the Start button → Settings → System → About. See here for more.)
For Windows 7 and 8.x users:
Windows 7 and 8.1 do not include the easy path editor included in Windows 10, so non-technical users on those platforms are advised to install a free third-party path editor like Windows Environment Variables Editor or Path Editor.
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.
Open a command prompt window.
At the prompt, type
hugo helpand press the Enter key. You should see output that starts with:
hugo is the main command, used to build your Hugo site. 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/.
If you do, then the installation is complete. If you don’t, double-check the path that you placed the
hugo.exefile 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
Supporttopic) with your command and the output.
At the prompt, change your directory to the
C:\Program Files> cd C:\Hugo\Sites C:\Hugo\Sites>
Run the command to generate a new site. I’m using
example.comas the name of the site.
C:\Hugo\Sites> hugo new site example.com
You should now have a directory at
C:\Hugo\Sites\example.com. Change into that directory and list the contents. You should get output similar to the following:
C:\Hugo\Sites>cd example.com C:\Hugo\Sites\example.com>dir Directory of C:\hugo\sites\example.com 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 http://gohugo.io/overview/quickstart/ for steps on doing that.
@dhersam has created a nice video on common issues: