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Anatole is a minimalist two-column hugo theme based on farbox-theme-Anatole.

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Anatole is a beautiful minimalist two-column hugo theme based on farbox-theme-Anatole.

Screenshot Anatole Theme Screenshot Anatole Theme (dark)


Anatole's aims to be minimalistic and sleek but still brings some great functionality.

Features include

  • Profile picture and slogan
  • Dark mode
  • Navigation items
  • Pagination
  • Multilingual
  • RTL support
  • Post Thumbnails (optional)
  • 100⁄100 Google Lighthouse score
  • Google Analytics (optional)
  • Comments powered by Disqus, Commento or (optional)
  • SimpleAnalytics (optional)
  • Katex support (optional)
  • Formspree Contact Form (optional)
  • Twitter Cards support
  • Open Graph support
  • MIT License
  • Fontawesome 5.15.1 icons
  • Custom CSS (optional)
  • Custom JavaScript (optional)
  • Medium like zoom for images
  • Compliant to strict CSP
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Uses Hugo pipes to process assets
  • Series

Preview the exampleSite

git clone anatole
cd anatole/exampleSite
hugo server --themesDir ../..

Quick Start

  1. Add the repository into your Hugo Project repository as a submodule:
    git submodule add themes/anatole
  2. Configure your
    . Feel free to copy the demo
    and some content from the exampleSite.
  3. Build your site with
    hugo serve
    and admire the result at

Update your installation

If you want to get the latest update of the

theme please execute this command:
git submodule update --remote --merge

Modifying the config.toml

Ìn this section, I'll discuss the custom parameters available within the

. The complete sample can be found in the exampleSite folder.

Profile picture and slogan

title = "I'm Jane Doe"
author = "Jane Doe"
description = "Call me Jane"
profilePicture = "images/profile.jpg"

Please note that the title under the

only adjusts the page title in the sidebar. If you wish to adjust the HTML title (i.e. name of the tab), you will have to adjust the Hugo's title variable, as shown in the

Please note that the slogan can be multi-lined (note the three quotes at the beginning and end):

description = """
Call me Jane
Blogging from Texas


Add your favicons to

. Anatole currently employs following favicon files:
  • favicon.ico
  • favicon-16x16.png
  • favicon-32x32.png
  • apple-touch-icon.png
    (resolution should be 180x180)


By default, the copyright will show the authors name followed by the current year, but you can change this by configuring the

parameter. If this method is used, the string
{{ YEAR }}
will be replaced with the current year during site generation.
copyright = "2020-{{ YEAR }}"

Navigation items

Non-content entries can be added right from the


[[menu.main]] name = "Home" identifier = "home" weight = 100 url = "/"

[[menu.main]] name = "Posts" weight = 200 identifier = "posts" url = "/post/"

[[menu.main]] name = "About" weight = 300 identifier = "about" url = "/about/"

Prefer dark theme

You can easily enable the dark mode from the

all you have to do is to set the parameter
. If you don't specify any displayMode, then the light version will be loaded.

Please also note that returning visitors will see the theme that was last displayed to them on your site. If your user has his system configured to dark mode, then this will also take precedence over the

set in the
displayMode = "dark"

Disable Theme Switcher

You can easily disable the theme switcher from the

. All you have to do is to set the parameter
disableThemeSwitcher = true # Theme switcher is enabled by default

Disable Animations

You can easily disable the animations from the

. All you have to do is to set the parameter
doNotLoadAnimations = true # Animations are loaded by default

Control the date Format

You can change the default date formating for the

, the
and the
. Simply configure the matching parameters.
singleDateFormat = "Mon, Jan 2, 2006"
indexDateFormat = "Mon, Jan 2, 2006"
listDateFormat = "Jan 2"

Changing the sidebar/content ratio

By default, the content fills up 60% of the screen width on devices with a full HD resolution. If you want to change the ratio, adjust the

variable. Let's, for example, set the content ratio to 70%:
contentratio = 0.7

Read-more Links

You can enable read-more links for truncated posts by setting the

readMore = true
. The length of the preview is controlled by Hugo's
. Read-more links are disabled by default.
  readMore = true

Have a static page as a home page

If you prefer having a static page as your home page rather than a listing of the latest posts, then make sure you leave the

parameter blank:
  mainSections = []

Put any content into the
file located in the content directory. If you want, you can also have some static text and the posts below. In such case, simply keep the
mainSections = ["post"]
and put any static content in the

Rename post section

If you want to have a different post section identifier, such as

, you can specify the section name using
  postSectionName = "blog"

If the parameter is not set, it will default to

. Be sure to check the name of the folder containing your post files and change it accordingly in order for links to reflect the new post section name.

Show full post content on the home page

If you prefer the full content of your posts to appear on the home page rather than a summary of each post, then set the parameter

fullPostContent = true

Multilingual support

Anatole supports multilingual page setups. All you need to do is to add the languages to your 'config.toml'. For each language, you can set the custom options like title or description. It's important to include a

, as it will be displayed in the main menu.
  title = "My blog"
  weight = 1
  LanguageName = "EN"

[] title = "Mein blog" description = "Ich bin Jane" weight = 2 LanguageName = "DE"

There are two ways of translating your content, either by adding a suffix in the filename, eg.
, or by setting a contentDir (a certain directory) for each language. Link to the Hugo documentation. If you want to use the option with the
, you will have to add the
parameter for each language:
    contentDir = "content/english"
    languageName = "EN"
    weight = 1

To make sure your menu is linking to the correct localized content, make sure that you customize the menu items to include the language prefix. Your menu might look like the following:

url    = "/de/"
identifier = "home"
name   = "Startseite"
weight = 100

[[]] name = "Beiträge" weight = 200 identifier = "posts" url = "/de/post/"

[[]] name = "Über" weight = 300 identifier = "about" url = "/de/about/"

Anatole currently ships with support for some basic languages. Contributions for other language translations are welcome.

RTL support

Anatole supports RTL languages and flip the whole theme for that. To enable the RTL-mode for a specific language, it's enough to write the following code in the language params.

LanguageDirection = "rtl"

:100: Google Lighthouse score

The theme is optimized to adhere to the requirements checked for in the Lighthouse Audit. On my personal site I was able to reach a perfect 100⁄100 score. Google Lighthouse Score

Comments powered by Disqus

No comment section is shown on the

, unless a Disqus code is specified in the
disqusShortname = "XXX"

Comments powered by

No comment section is shown on the

unless a
is specified in the
file. If uncertain how parameter to configure, check out the official documentation.
repo = "githubuser/reponame"
issueTerm = "pathname"
theme= "preferred-color-scheme"
# label =

Two notes on the security of

  • If you are using a strict CSP, you'll have to add the domain to it.
  • The script currently has no built-in integrity check due to limitations of Utterances.

Comments powered by Commento

You can use Commento as an alternative to Disqus. All you need to do is to configure a

CommentoURL = ""

Comments powered by Gitalk

No comment section is shown on the

unless a
is specified in the
file. If uncertain how parameter to configure, check out the official documentation.
clientID = "GitHub Application Client ID"
clientSecret = "GitHub Application Client Secret"
repo = "Repository name to store issues"
owner = "GitHub repo owner"
admin = "GitHub repo owner and collaborators, only these guys can initialize gitHub issues"

Disabling Comments Per Page

Comments can be disabled per page by setting

disableComments: true
on the pages Front Matter

Google Analytics

To use Google Analytics, a valid tracking code has to be added. If you don't want to load the code, then commend out the parameter.

googleAnalytics = "UA-123-45"

To use the modern Google Analytics 4, include the following under

, replacing the id with your own.

Simple Analytics

To use Simple Analytics, it has to be enabled by setting the parameter to true. If you are using a custom subdomain to evade Adblockers, then specify the URL without a trailing slash.

enable = true
# customurl = ""

Google Site Verification

To use Google Site Verification, add the following line to the

googleSiteVerify = "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0123456789"

Replace the hash with the one Google provided you.

Beautiful math functions

## Math settings
enable = false  # options: true, false. Enable math support globally, default: false. You can always enable math on per page.
use = "katex"  # options: "katex", "mathjax". default is "katex".

Formspree Contact Form on the Contact page

Step 1: Configure the

in the
#contactFormAction = ""

Step 2: Activate the

contact: true
in the frontmatter of a page. See
as an example.

Twitter Cards support

In order to use the full functionality of Twitter cards, you will have to define a couple of settings in the

and the frontmatter of a page.

In the

you can configure a site feature image. This image will be displayed, if no image is defined in the frontmatter of a page.
  images = ["images/site-feature-image.png"]

To define a custom image of a page, you might want to add the following to the frontmatter of a post.

images = ["post-cover.png"]

Open Graph Support

The internal template for Open Graph protocol uses a mix of configuration variables; settings in

and frontmatter of the page. In a nutshell, you will have to configure a taxonomies series.

Post Thumbnails

Thumbnails can be enabled easily by setting the

parameter in the frontmatter of a post to an image such as
tags = [
thumbnail= "images/landscape.jpg"

Make sure to put the image in the


Custom CSS

You can add your custom CSS files with the

parameter of the configuration file. Put your files into the
customCss = ["css/custom.css", "css/styles.css"]

On the user-side it will look like this:

└── assets
    └── css
        ├── custom.css
        └── styles.css

Custom JavaScript

You can add your custom JS files with the

parameter of the configuration file. Put your files into the
customJs = ["js/hello.js", "js/world.js"]

On the user-side, it will look like this:

└── assets
    └── js
        ├── hello.js
        └── world.js

will be bundled into a

You can also include links to remote javascript files (hosted on CDNs for example). But be aware that integrity settings and minification won't be applied. Further, make sure to adjust your CSP. You can load a remote script like this:

customJs = [""]

Both approaches can even be mixed:

customJs = ["", "js/world.js"]

Medium Like Zoom

Enabled by default, the medium like zoom for images can be disabled by adding the following config under

enableMediumZoom = false

Content Security Policy

The theme is compliant with the most strict CSP policies out of the box. A sample CSP for an Anatole-based site would look something like this:

Content-Security-Policy "
  base-uri 'self';
  connect-src 'self';
  default-src 'self';
  frame-ancestors 'none';
  font-src 'self';
  img-src 'self';
  object-src 'none';
  script-src 'self';
  style-src 'self';

If you want to configure the security headers for a site running on Netlify, you want to make sure you create a special

file in your sites static folder. The content might look like the following:
  X-Frame-Options: DENY
  X-Clacks-Overhead: "GNU Terry Pratchett"
  X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
  X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
  Referrer-Policy: same-origin
  Content-Security-Policy:  base-uri 'self'; connect-src 'self'; default-src 'self'; frame-ancestors 'none'; font-src 'self'; img-src 'self'; object-src 'none'; script-src 'self'; style-src 'self';
  Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=63072000; includeSubDomains; preload

Configurable pagination section

You can configure the pages shown on the front page by altering the

  mainSections = ["post", "docs"] and post section header

You can place custom content, by creating
markdown file within the content directory. An example can be found here. Uncomment the section as needed. This file
also has a parameter called
, which lets you specify a header for the posts on the main page. This header will be styled and placed always after the content of the
it self.


If you want Hugo to generate a robots.txt, you will have to set the

in the
. By default, a robots.txt, which allows search engine crawlers to access to any page, will be generated. It will look like this:
User-agent: *

If certain sites should be excluded from being accessed, you might want to setup a custom robots.txt file within your

folder of your site.

Syntax highlighting

This theme has support for Hugo's lightning-fast Chroma code highlighting. See the Hugo docs for more information.

To enable Chroma, add the following to your site parameters:

pygmentsCodeFences = true
pygmentsUseClasses = true

Then, you can generate a different style by running:

hugo gen chromastyles --style=monokailight > assets/css/syntax.css

If you get any errors, make sure the

directory exists within your sites root folder. Include the newly generated
like a standard custom CSS script:
customCss = ["css/syntax.css"]


You can add social media based icon links under your profile picture by using the


Font Awesome is used for the icons.

If you are using brand icons, prefix the icon value with

if you are using a standard icon use

Ordering in the

will determine the display order on the webpage.

Sample branded social entry

icon = "fab fa-linkedin"
title = "Linkedin"
url = ""

Sample standard social entry

icon = "fas fa-envelope"
title = "e-mail"
url = "mailto:[email protected]"


Hugo natively supports RSS. To generate a feed for a given page, append

to the page URL.

Note that the RSS feed at the base of your website will include all of the pages on your website. To only include posts in your RSS feed, generate the feed within the

subdirectory with the URL

To only generate an RSS feed for your posts, disable the RSS output for the other page types:

  home = ["HTML"]
  section = ["HTML", "RSS"]
  taxonomy = ["HTML"]
  term = ["HTML"]

By default, the RSS feed contains a brief summary of each page. If you prefer to show the entire contents for each page, then use the

rssFullContent = true

External Redirect URLs

You can create pages, which redirect to another (external) URL with a short delay. This can be useful for migrating previously indexed URLs, which no longer exist, or for communicating complex external URLs to your readers.

You will have to define a

in the markdown header of the post or page, which you want to forward. An example can be found in the The page will be automatically redirected with a delay of one second.

Additionally, you can include the

{{% loading %}}
shortcode, which will display a spinner on the page that will be redirected. If it does not display, make sure that unsafe mode is enabled for

Enable Table of Contents

You can enable a table of contents on a per post basis by adding the following parameter into the front matter of the posts you want the table of contents to appear on.

toc = true

Please note that only "## H2 Headings" and "### H3 Headings" will appear in the table of contents.

Enabling Series

You can enable series, which allows splitting up a huge post into a set of multiple blog posts that are still linked. This would also provide a unique link to the full series of blog posts. Each individual post in the series will also contain links to the other parts under the heading

Posts in this Series

First, we need to enable the

taxonomy in the config.
    category = "categories"
    series = "series"
    tag = "tags"

With this enabled, we can now proceed to specify the series in the Front Matter of each post of that series.

series: - series-name

If you want to share the full series, you can do so by sharing the link



Anatole is licensed under the MIT license.


This theme is maintained by its author Alexander Bilz and with the help from these awesome contributors. Please open an issue/pull request if you want to contribute to making this theme better and more feature-complete. For PRs, please make sure that they align with the theme's goals: minimalism, speed and elegance.


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