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A simple, retro theme for Hugo

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  • 5 duotone themes, depending on your preferences (orange is default, red, blue, green, pink)
  • Fira Code as default monospaced font. It's gorgeous!
  • really nice duotone, custom syntax highlighting based on PrismJS
  • fully responsive

Built-in shortcodes

  • image
    (prop required:
    ; props optional:
    (left is default | center | right),
    • eg:
      {{< image src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" >}}
  • figure
    (same as
    , plus few optional props:
    (left | center is default | right),
    • eg:
      {{< figure src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" caption="Hello Friend!" captionPosition="right" captionStyle="color: red;" >}}
  • code
    (prop required:
    ; props optional:
    (default "△"),
    (default "▽"),

    • eg: ```go {{< code language="css" title="Really cool snippet" id="1" expand="Show" collapse="Hide" isCollapsed="true" >}} pre { background: #1a1a1d; padding: 20px; border-radius: 8px; font-size: 1rem; overflow: auto;

    @media (--phone) { white-space: pre-wrap; word-wrap: break-word; }

    code { background: none !important; color: #ccc; padding: 0; font-size: inherit; } } {{< /code >}} ```

Code highlighting

A custom syntax highlighting based on PrismJS. All you need to do is to wrap you code like this:

  // your code here
**Supported languages**: actionscript, apacheconf, applescript, bash, c, clike, cmake, coffeescript, cpp, csharp, csp, css, css-extras, diff, django, docker, elixir, elm, erlang, flow, fsharp, git, go, graphql, haml, handlebars, haskell, http, java, javascript, json, jsx, kotlin, latex, less, llvm, makefile, markdown, markup, markup-templating, nasm, objectivec, ocaml, perl, php, php-extras, powershell, processing, pug, python, r, reason, ruby, rust, sass, scala, scheme, scss, sql, stylus, swift, textile, toml, tsx, twig, typescript, vim, visual-basic, wasm, yaml.

How to start

You can download the theme manually by going to and pasting it to themes/terminal in your root directory.

You can also clone it directly to your Hugo folder:

git clone themes/terminal ```

If you don't want to make any radical changes, it's the best option, because you can get new updates when they are available. You can also include it as a git submodule:

git submodule add -f themes/terminal

⚠️ The theme needs at least Hugo version 0.74.x.

How to run your site

If you installed all needed

dependencies, then you can run:
hugo server -t terminal

and go to

in your browser. From now on all the changes you make will go live, so you don't need to refresh your browser every single time.

How to configure

The theme doesn't require any advanced configuration. Just copy:

baseurl = "/"
languageCode = "en-us"
theme = "terminal"
paginate = 5


dir name of your main content (default is content/posts).

the list of set content will show up on your index page (baseurl).

contentTypeName = "posts"

["orange", "blue", "red", "green", "pink"]

themeColor = "orange"

if you set this to 0, only submenu trigger will be visible

showMenuItems = 2

show selector to switch language

showLanguageSelector = false

set theme to full screen width

fullWidthTheme = false

center theme with default width

centerTheme = false

if your resource directory contains an image called cover.(jpg|png|webp),

then the file will be used as a cover automatically.

With this option you don't have to put the cover param in a front-matter.

autoCover = true

set post to show the last updated

If you use git, you can set enableGitInfo to true and then post will automatically get the last updated

showLastUpdated = false

set a custom favicon (default is a themeColor square)

favicon = "favicon.ico"

Provide a string as a prefix for the last update date. By default, it looks like this: 2020-xx-xx [Updated: 2020-xx-xx] :: Author

updatedDatePrefix = "Updated"

set all headings to their default size (depending on browser settings)

it's set to true by default

oneHeadingSize = false


set Twitter handles for Twitter cards


do not include @

creator = "" site = ""

[languages] [languages.en] languageName = "English" title = "Terminal" subtitle = "A simple, retro theme for Hugo" owner = "" keywords = "" copyright = "" menuMore = "Show more" readMore = "Read more" readOtherPosts = "Read other posts" newerPosts = "Newer posts" olderPosts = "Older posts" missingContentMessage = "Page not found..." missingBackButtonLabel = "Back to home page"

  logoText = "Terminal"
  logoHomeLink = "/"

    identifier = "about"
    name = "About"
    url = "/about"
    identifier = "showcase"
    name = "Showcase"
    url = "/showcase"


file in your Hugo root directory and change params fields. In case you need, here's a YAML version.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that currently

main menu
doesn't support nesting.

Post archetype

See the default

file params supported by the theme —


  • Comments — for adding comments to your blog posts please take a look at
  • Extended Head — please take a look at
  • Extended Footer — please take a look at

How to (safely) edit the theme

If you have to override only some of the styles, you can do this easily by adding

in your root directory and point things you want to change.

To change something directly in the theme, you have to go to

and modify the files.

First, you need to install Node dependencies. To do so, go to the theme directory (from your Hugo root directory):

 cd themes/terminal

then run:

 npm install
 npm i yarn

After you modified the files you can run webpack in watch mode:

yarn dev

or rebuild theme

yarn build

To see the changes (remember to restart

hugo server

Found a bug?

If you spot any bugs, please use Issue Tracker or create a new Pull Request to fix the issue.

New cool idea or feature?

The theme is in constant development since 2019 and has got many cool features that helped many of you and made the theme better. But there were also many features that I wasn't sure about because I want to keep the theme as simple as possible.

So, let's say you have an idea of how to extend the theme. That's cool and you're welcome to do that, just follow these steps:

  • fork the theme
  • implement the feature
  • write an instruction how to use the feature
  • give a working example of the implementation for other users
  • add info about your work to
  • make a PR with edited

This will help keeping the theme close to its roots, and also allow anyone who wishes to improve it and match their needs, to do whatever they want.

Sounds OK? Cool, let's rock! 🤘

Terminal theme user?

I'd be happy to know more about you and what you are doing. If you want to share it, please make a contribution and add your site to the list! 🤗


If you like my work and want to support the development of the project, now you can! Just:

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Copyright © 2019-2020 Radosław Kozieł (@panr)

The theme is released under the MIT License. Check the original theme license for additional licensing information.

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