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WordPress to Hugo Exporter

Hugo a static site generator written in GoLang: https://gohugo.io

This repo is based on https://github.com/benbalter/wordpress-to-jekyll-exporter

Hugo Features

One-click WordPress plugin that converts all posts, pages, taxonomies, metadata, and settings to Markdown and YAML which can be dropped into Hugo.


  • Converts all posts, pages, and settings from WordPress for use in Hugo
  • Export what your users see, not what the database stores (runs post content through
    filter prior to export, allowing third-party plugins to modify the output)
  • Converts all
    to Markdown Extra (using Markdownify)
  • Converts all
    and fields within the
    table to YAML front matter for parsing by Hugo.
  • Exports optionally
    as part of their posts. This features needs to be enabled manually by editing the PHP source code. See file hugo-export.php at line ~40.
  • Export private posts and drafts. They are marked as drafts as well and won't get published with Hugo.
  • Generates a
    with all settings in the
  • Outputs a single zip file with
    , pages, and
    folder containing
    files for each post in the proper Hugo naming convention.
  • No settings. Just a single click.

Usage with a self hosted WordPress installation

  1. Place plugin in
  2. Make sure
    line is uncommented in your
  3. Activate plugin in WordPress dashboard
  4. Select
    Export to Hugo
    from the

Usage at wordpress.com or any other hoster without SSH access

If you cannot install plugins in your wordpress.com instance

(I've never tried it, because not a wp.com user)

  1. Login into the backend.
  2. Create an XML export of the whole blog and download the XML file.
  3. Setup a local WordPress instance on your machine. You need PHP, MySQL or MariaDB and Nginx or Apache or Caddy Server. Alternatively you can install a Docker Compose setup https://github.com/wodby/docker4wordpress
  4. Install this plugin by downloading a zip file of this repo and uploading to WP.
  5. Import the XML export. You should take care that the WordPress version of the export matches the WP version used for the import.
  6. In the WP backend run the
    Export to Hugo
    command. If that fails go to the command line run the CLI script with
    , means unlimited memory usage.
  7. Collect the ZIP via download or the CLI script presents you the current name.
  8. Remove WordPress and enjoy Hugo.

Re Docker: It should be very easy to create a Dockerfile containing everything above mentioned for a one time conversion of the XML file to the Hugo format.

If you can install plugins in your wordpress.com instance

  1. Download this repo as a zip file.
  2. Login into the backend.
  3. In the plugin section, go to
    Add New
  4. Upload the zip of this repo.
  5. Activate the plugin.
  6. In the WP backend run the
    Export to Hugo
  7. Collect the ZIP via download.
  8. Copy contents of the zip to your Hugo install and enjoy Hugo.

Command-line Usage

If you're having trouble with your web server timing out before the export is complete, or if you just like terminal better, you may enjoy the command-line tool.

It works just like the plugin, but produces the zipfile at

php hugo-export-cli.php

If you want to offer a folder (say a mount point to a huge drive) other than using

in OS, pass it as the first argument to the script:
php hugo-export-cli.php /YOUR_PATH_TO_TMP_FOLDER/

Alternatively, if you have WP-CLI installed, you can run:

wp hugo-export > export.zip

The WP-CLI version will provide greater compatibility for alternate WordPress environments, such as when

isn't in the usual location.



Updates the markdownify library, removes lots of unused code, AFAIK.

Many other versions

with tiny fixes


  • Fix destination against hugo 0.27
  • Fix for working on older PHP
  • Fix memory leak in Converter.php by cut unnessesary
  • updated markdownify
  • entities fix and post image added


  • Export drafts and private posts
  • Export optionally comments
  • Various changes and fixes


  • Made license explicit
  • Removed word-wrap from YAML export to prevent breaking permalinks


  • Use fork of Markdownify rather than external API to convert content from HTML to markdown
  • Better memory utilization for larger sites, props @ghelleks


  • Commmand-line support, props @ghelleks and @scribu


  • Use WP_Filesystem for better compatability
  • 1.1.1 - Use heckyeahmarkdown to prevent PHP errors when Markdownify chokes on malformed HTML
  • 1.1.2 - clarify zip.so requirement in readme


  • Initial Release


The project is licensed under the GPLv3 or later

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