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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
  • Post Thumbnails (optional)
  • 100⁄100 Google Lighthouse score
  • Google Analytics (optional)
  • Comments powered by Disqus or (optional)
  • SimpleAnalytics (optional)
  • Katex support (optional)
  • Formspree Contact Form (optional)
  • Twitter Cards 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

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"


Add you own favicon in



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

copyright = "2020-2021"

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"

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

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.

: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.

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"

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
```toml [params]

contactFormAction = ""

Step 2: Activate the `contact: true` or  `contact=true` in the frontmatter of a page. See `exampleSite/content/contact.html` 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 config.toml and the frontmatter of a page.

In the config.toml you can configure a site feature image. This image will be displayed, if no image is defined in the frontmatter of a page.

```toml [params] 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"]

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"]

Content Security Policy

The theme is compliant with 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"]


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 either 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"]


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 theme's goals: minimalism, speed and elegance.


If you like this theme, give it a star on GitHub, and consider supporting its development:


Special Thanks 🎁

  • Go to Cai Cai, for the great Anatole Farbox theme that formed the foundation for this theme.
  • Go to Kareya Saleh for providing the profile picture in the exampleSite.
  • Go to Ales Krivec for providing the thumbnail picture in the exampleSite post.

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