Hugo itself is just a single binary without dependencies on expensive runtimes like Ruby, Python or PHP and without dependencies on any databases. You just need to download the latest version. For more information read the official installation guides.
Let’s make sure Hugo is set up as expected. You should see a similar version number in your terminal:
hugo version # Hugo Static Site Generator v0.15 BuildDate: 2016-01-03T12:47:47+01:00
Next, assuming you have Hugo up and running the
hugo-material-docs theme can be installed with
# create a new Hugo website hugo new site my-awesome-docs # move into the themes folder of your website cd my-awesome-docs/themes/ # download the theme git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:digitalcraftsman/hugo-material-docs.git
Next, take a look in the
exampleSite folder at
themes/hugo-material-docs/. This directory contains an example config file and the content that you are currently reading. It serves as an example setup for your documentation.
Copy at least the
config.toml in the root directory of your website. Overwrite the existing config file if necessary.
Hugo includes a development server, so you can view your changes as you go - very handy. Spin it up with the following command:
Now you can go to localhost:1313 and the Material theme should be visible. You can now start writing your documentation, or read on and customize the theme through some options.
Before you are able to deploy your documentation you should take a few minute to adjust some information in the
config.toml. Open the file in an editor:
baseurl = "https://example.com/" languageCode = "en-us" title = "Material Docs" [params] # General information author = "Digitalcraftsman" description = "A material design theme for documentations." copyright = "Released under the MIT license"
If your project is hosted on GitHub, add the repository link to the
configuration. If the
provider equals GitHub, the Material theme will
add a download and star button, and display the number of stars:
[params] # Repository provider = "GitHub" repo_url = "https://github.com/digitalcraftsman/hugo-material-docs"
Adding a version
In order to add the current version next to the project banner inside the
drawer, you can set the variable
[params] version = "1.0.0"
This will also change the link behind the download button to point to the archive with the respective version on GitHub, assuming a release tagged with this exact version identifier.
Adding a logo
If your project has a logo, you can add it to the drawer/navigation by defining
logo. Ideally, the image of your logo should have
rectangular shape with a minimum resolution of 128x128 and leave some room
towards the edges. The logo will also be used as a web application icon on iOS.
Either save your logo somewhere in the
static/ folder and reference the file relative to this location or use an external URL:
[params] logo = "images/logo.png"
Adding a custom favicon
Favicons are small small icons that are displayed in the tabs right next to the title of the current page. As with the logo above you need to save your favicon in
static/ and link it relative to this folder or use an external URL:
[params] favicon = "favicon.ico"
You can enable Google Analytics by replacing
UA-XXXXXXXX-X with your own tracking code.
googleAnalytics = "UA-XXXXXXXX-X"
This theme provides a simple way for making small adjustments, that is changing
some margins, centering text, etc. The
custom_js option allow you to add further CSS and JS files. They can either reside locally in the
/static folder or on an external server, e.g. a CDN. In both cases use either the relative path to
/static or the absolute URL to the external ressource.
[params] # Custom assets custom_css = [ "foo.css", "bar.css" ] custom_js = ["buzz.js"]
Changing the color palette
Material defines a default hue for every primary and accent color on Google’s
material design [color palette]. This makes it very easy to change the overall look of the theme. Just set the variables
palette.accent to one of the colors defined in the palette:
[params.palette] primary = "red" accent = "light-green"
Color names can be written upper- or lowercase but must match the names of the material design color palette. Valid values are: red, pink, purple, deep purple, indigo, blue, light-blue, cyan, teal, green, light-green, lime, yellow, amber, orange, deep-orange, brown, grey and blue-grey. The last three colors can only be used as a primary color.
If the color is set via this configuration, an additional CSS file called
palettes.css is included that defines the color palettes.
Changing the font family
Material uses the Ubuntu font family by default, specifically the regular sans-serif type for text and the monospaced type for code. Both fonts are loaded from Google Fonts and can be easily changed to other fonts, like for example Google’s own Roboto font:
[params.font] text = "Roboto" code = "Roboto Mono"
The text font will be loaded in font-weights 400 and 700, the monospaced font in regular weight.
This theme uses the popular Highlight.js library to colorize code examples. The default theme is called
Github with a few small tweaks. You can link our own theme if you like. Again, store your stylesheet in the
static/ folder and set the relative path in the config file:
[params] # Syntax highlighting theme highlight_css = "path/to/theme.css"
Adding a GitHub and Twitter account
If you have a GitHub and/or Twitter account, you can add links to your
accounts to the drawer by setting the variables
[social] twitter = "" github = "digitalcraftsman"
Adding menu entries
Once you created your first content files you can link them manually in the sidebar on the left. A menu entry has the following schema:
[[menu.main]] name = "Material" url = "/" weight = 0 pre = ""
name is the title displayed in the menu and
url the relative URL to the content. The
weight attribute allows you to modify the order of the menu entries. A menu entry appears further down the more weight you add. The
pre attribute is optional and allows you to *pre*pend elements to a menu link, e.g. an icon.
Instead of just linking a single file you can enhance the sidebar by creating a nested menu. This way you can list all pages of a section instead of linking them one by one (without nesting).
You need extend the frontmatter of each file content file in a section slightly. The snippet below registers this content file as ‘child’ of a menu entry that already exists.
menu: main: parent: Material identifier: <link name> weight: 0
main specifies to which menu the content file should be added.
main is the only menu in this theme by default.
parent let’s you register this content file to an existing menu entry, in this case the
Material link. Note that the parent in the frontmatter needs to match the name in
identifier is the link that is shown in the menu. Ideally you choose the same name for the
identifier and the
title of the page. Again,
weight allows you to change the order of the nested links in a section.
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