• We’ll be using yml/yaml format for all examples down below, it is recommend to use yaml over toml as it is easier to read.
  • You can find any YML to TOML converters if needed.

Getting Started 🚀

  1. Follow Hugo Docs’s - Quick Start guide to install .
    (Make sure you install Hugo >= v0.112.4)

  2. Create a new site

    hugo new site MyFreshWebsite --format yaml
    # replace MyFreshWebsite with name of your website


After you have created a new site, follow the below steps to add PaperMod

Installing/Updating PaperMod

  • Themes reside in MyFreshWebsite/themes directory.
  • PaperMod will be installed in MyFreshWebsite/themes/PaperMod

Expand Method 1 - Git Clone

INSTALL : Inside the folder of your Hugo site MyFreshWebsite, run:

git clone https://github.com/adityatelange/hugo-PaperMod themes/PaperMod --depth=1

You may use --branch v7.0 to end of above command if you want to stick to specific release.

UPDATE: Inside the folder of your Hugo site MyFreshWebsite, run:

cd themes/PaperMod
git pull

Expand Method 2 - Git Submodule (recomended)

**`bash git submodule add –depth=1 https://github.com/adityatelange/hugo-PaperMod.git themes/PaperMod git submodule update –init –recursive # needed when you reclone your repo (submodules may not get cloned automatically)

You may use ` --branch v7.0` to end of above command if you want to stick to specific release.
Read more about git submodules [here](https://www.atlassian.com/git/tutorials/git-submodule).

**UPDATE**: Inside the folder of your Hugo site `MyFreshWebsite`, run:

git submodule update --remote --merge

Expand Method 3 - Download an unzip

Download PaperMod source as Zip from Github Releases and extract in your themes directory at MyFreshWebsite/themes/PaperMod

Direct Links:

Expand Method 4 - Hugo module


  • Add PaperMod in your config.yml file
  - path: github.com/adityatelange/hugo-PaperMod
```INSTALL** : Inside the folder of your Hugo site `MyFreshWebsite`, run:



hugo mod get -u

Read more : [Hugo Docs's - HUGO MODULES](https://gohugo.io/hugo-modules/use-modules/)

Finally set theme as PaperMod in your site config

In config.yml add:

theme: ["PaperMod"]

Next up - Customizing PaperMod to suit your preferences.

  • Your site will be blank after you set up for the very first time.
  • You may go through this website’s source code - PaperMod’s exampleSite’s souce
  • Scroll below this page where you will find more specific details about each section.
  • Kindly go through all of the pages below to know how to configure PaperMod.

Support 🫶

  • Star 🌟 PaperMod’s Github repository.
  • Help spread the word about PaperMod by sharing it on social media and recommending it to your friends. 🗣️
  • You can also sponsor 🏅 on Github Sponsors / Ko-Fi.

Videos featuring PaperMod

You can go through few videos which are available on YouTube for getting to know the creator’s thoughts as well as the setup process.

▶️ https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeiDFxcsdhUrzkK5Jg9IZyiTsIMvXxKZP

Sample config.yml

Example Site Structure is present here: exampleSite

Use appropriately

baseURL: "https://examplesite.com/"
title: ExampleSite
paginate: 5
theme: PaperMod

enableRobotsTXT: true
buildDrafts: false
buildFuture: false
buildExpired: false

googleAnalytics: UA-123-45

  disableXML: true
  minifyOutput: true

  env: production # to enable google analytics, opengraph, twitter-cards and schema.
  title: ExampleSite
  description: "ExampleSite description"
  keywords: [Blog, Portfolio, PaperMod]
  author: Me
  # author: ["Me", "You"] # multiple authors
  images: ["<link or path of image for opengraph, twitter-cards>"]
  DateFormat: "January 2, 2006"
  defaultTheme: auto # dark, light
  disableThemeToggle: false

  ShowReadingTime: true
  ShowShareButtons: true
  ShowPostNavLinks: true
  ShowBreadCrumbs: true
  ShowCodeCopyButtons: false
  ShowWordCount: true
  ShowRssButtonInSectionTermList: true
  UseHugoToc: true
  disableSpecial1stPost: false
  disableScrollToTop: false
  comments: false
  hidemeta: false
  hideSummary: false
  showtoc: false
  tocopen: false

    # disableHLJS: true # to disable highlight.js
    # disableFingerprinting: true
    favicon: "<link / abs url>"
    favicon16x16: "<link / abs url>"
    favicon32x32: "<link / abs url>"
    apple_touch_icon: "<link / abs url>"
    safari_pinned_tab: "<link / abs url>"

    text: "Home"
    icon: /apple-touch-icon.png
    iconHeight: 35

  # profile-mode
    enabled: false # needs to be explicitly set
    title: ExampleSite
    subtitle: "This is subtitle"
    imageUrl: "<img location>"
    imageWidth: 120
    imageHeight: 120
    imageTitle: my image
      - name: Posts
        url: posts
      - name: Tags
        url: tags

  # home-info mode
    Title: "Hi there \U0001F44B"
    Content: Welcome to my blog

    - name: x
      url: "https://x.com/"
    - name: stackoverflow
      url: "https://stackoverflow.com"
    - name: github
      url: "https://github.com/"

      SiteVerificationTag: "XYZabc"
      SiteVerificationTag: "XYZabc"
      SiteVerificationTag: "XYZabc"

    hidden: true # hide everywhere but not in structured data
    hiddenInList: true # hide on list pages and home
    hiddenInSingle: true # hide on single page

    URL: "https://github.com/<path_to_repo>/content"
    Text: "Suggest Changes" # edit text
    appendFilePath: true # to append file path to Edit link

  # for search
  # https://fusejs.io/api/options.html
    isCaseSensitive: false
    shouldSort: true
    location: 0
    distance: 1000
    threshold: 0.4
    minMatchCharLength: 0
    limit: 10 # refer: https://www.fusejs.io/api/methods.html#search
    keys: ["title", "permalink", "summary", "content"]
    - identifier: categories
      name: categories
      url: /categories/
      weight: 10
    - identifier: tags
      name: tags
      url: /tags/
      weight: 20
    - identifier: example
      name: example.org
      url: https://example.org
      weight: 30
# Read: https://github.com/adityatelange/hugo-PaperMod/wiki/FAQs#using-hugos-syntax-highlighter-chroma
pygmentsUseClasses: true
    noClasses: false
    # anchorLineNos: true
    # codeFences: true
    # guessSyntax: true
    # lineNos: true
    # style: monokai

Sample Page.md

title: "My 1st post"
date: 2020-09-15T11:30:03+00:00
# weight: 1
# aliases: ["/first"]
tags: ["first"]
author: "Me"
# author: ["Me", "You"] # multiple authors
showToc: true
TocOpen: false
draft: false
hidemeta: false
comments: false
description: "Desc Text."
canonicalURL: "https://canonical.url/to/page"
disableHLJS: true # to disable highlightjs
disableShare: false
disableHLJS: false
hideSummary: false
searchHidden: true
ShowReadingTime: true
ShowBreadCrumbs: true
ShowPostNavLinks: true
ShowWordCount: true
ShowRssButtonInSectionTermList: true
UseHugoToc: true
    image: "<image path/url>" # image path/url
    alt: "<alt text>" # alt text
    caption: "<text>" # display caption under cover
    relative: false # when using page bundles set this to true
    hidden: true # only hide on current single page
    URL: "https://github.com/<path_to_repo>/content"
    Text: "Suggest Changes" # edit text
    appendFilePath: true # to append file path to Edit link

You can use it by creating archetypes/post.md

hugo new --kind post <name>