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Port of Nick Balestra's Cactus theme to Hugo.

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Cactus Theme

Cactus is a minimalistic theme for bloggers based on the default theme of the same-named Cactus static site generator written in Python and Nick Balestra's Jekyll port. Noteworthy features of this Hugo theme are the integration of a comment-system powered by Disqus, a customizable about page, support for RSS feeds, syntax highlighting for source code, and sharing options for blog posts.

Please note that this theme is no longer maintained.

A fork of this theme can be found at



Inside the folder of your Hugo site, run:

$ cd themes
$ git clone

For more information, please read Hugo's official setup guide.

The config file

Take a look inside the

folder of this theme. You'll find a file called

To use it, copy the

file to the root folder of your Hugo site. Feel free to change the strings as you like to customize your website.

Make sure to update the

property in the config file to point to your site's theme folder, otherwise an error will be thrown indicating the themes folder is unable to be found.

About page

Use the about page to introduce yourself to your visitors. You can customize the content as you like in the

. Furthermore, you should replace the avatar placeholder with a great image of yourself.


This theme features a comment system powered by Disqus too. Just add your Disqus-shortname to the

and let readers respond to your blog posts.

Social link icons

You can add a social link panel in the footer by adding entries to the

block in the
. You can choose between two icon fonts:

Assign either

to the
variable. The Mono social icons offer three styles of icons: circle, rounded, or default (empty).

Nearly finished

To see your site in action, run Hugo's built-in local server.

$ hugo server

Now enter

in the address bar of your browser.


Found a bug or got an idea for a new feature? Feel free to use the issue tracker to let me know. Or directly make a pull request.

Please create a separate branch for your pull request.


This theme is released under the MIT license. For more information read the license.


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