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hermit-V2 -: The Minimal Hugo Theme

OG : Hermit Theme by Track3

Hermit-V2 is a minimal and fast theme for Hugo, built for bloggers who want a simple and focused website. This is a maintained fork of Hermit, which iterates over the original work to have a almost-stable experience with bug fixes and new features.


When I had switched from jekyll to Hugo, I was in a need of a theme. I was enthralled by this very theme and I am using it since in my own personal blog. However, it looks like OP has stopped maintaining this theme and as a result, it is riddled with bugs and code breaks. Hence, I have taken upon myself to maintain this theme. Intention of this project is to keep the essence of the theme as-it-is and only add minor updates and squash bugs which may arise.

GoHugo Theme Page : https://themes.gohugo.io/themes/hermit-v2/


Demo page https://1bl4z3r.github.io/hermit-V2, which is both demo as well as documentation for the theme, is located in Staging Branch

Configuration Guide

Configuration Guide is present in Explaining Configs


Run this command from the root of your Hugo directory:

git clone https://github.com/1bl4z3r/hermit-V2 themes/hermit-v2

Or, if your Hugo site is already in git, you can include this repository as a git submodule. This makes it easier to update this theme. For this you need to run:

git submodule add https://github.com/1bl4z3r/hermit-V2 themes/hermit-v2


Features Inherited from Original Theme

  • A single-column layout and carefully crafted typography offers a great reading experience.
  • Navigations and functions are placed in the bottom bar which will hide when you scroll down.
  • Featured image is supported. It will be displayed as a dimmed background of the page.
  • Displays all of your posts on a single page, with one section per year, simple and compact.
  • Extremely lightweight and load fast. No third party framework, no unnecessary code.
  • All code fields feature syntax highlighting and a code-copy function
  • Responsive & Retina Ready. Scales gracefully from a big screen all the way down to the smallest mobile phone. Assets in vector format ensures that it looks sharp on high-resolution screens.


Site Configuration is done through hugo.toml or hugo.yaml file in root directory of your Hugo Site. To aid you, there is a hugo.toml.example file located in theme folder. See this configuration in action here. See what each configuration does here.

Custom CSS and JS

I have found that there are some requirement where custom CSS and JS should be supplied to a page to make it work. This custom files are not required for whole of the site, but is restricted to a page or few particular pages. E.g. If you make contact form.

To make use of custom CSS and JS, add the below section to page frontmatter. If there is any folder structure, that should be mentioned as well.

custom_css = ["custom_css/foo.css","custom_css/bar.css"]
custom_js = ["custom_js/custom-about.js"]

The files itself will reside in assets directory. Refer to Staging Branch to have a feel on how this is implemented.


Use RealFaviconGenerator to generate these files, put them into your site's static folder:

  • android-chrome-192x192.png
  • android-chrome-512x512.png
  • apple-touch-icon.png
  • favicon-16x16.png
  • favicon-32x32.png
  • favicon.ico
  • mstile-150x150.png
  • safari-pinned-tab.svg
  • site.webmanifest

Social icons

The following icons are supported, please make sure the name filed is exactly one of these:

email codepen facebook github
gitlab instagram linkedin slack
stackoverflow telegram twitter youtube
shutterstock freepik adobestock 123rf
dreamstime dribbble behance paypal
twitch qq mastodon discord

If that's not enough, you can see Overriding templates section.

Manage content

  • Keep your regular pages in the content folder. To create a new page, run hugo new page-title.md
  • Keep your blog posts in the content/posts folder. To create a new post, run hugo new posts/post-title.md

Overriding templates

In Hugo, layouts can live in either the projects (root) or the themes layout folders, any template inside the root layout folder will override theme's layout that relative to it, for example: layouts/_default/baseof.html will override themes/hermit/layouts/_default/baseof.html. So, you can easily customize the theme without edit it directly, which makes updating the theme easier. Here's some common customizations:

Customize social icons

You can modify or add any svg icons in site's layouts/partials/svg.html.

Customize comment system

We only have built-in support for Disqus at the moment, if that doesn't fit your needs, you can just add html to site's layouts/partials/comments.html.

Add custom analytics

If you prefer to use different analytics system other than google analytics, then add them inside layouts/partials/analytics.html.

Customize CSS

If you'd like to customize theme color or fonts, you can simply override assets/scss/_predefined.scss, by simply copy it to site's root (keep the same relative path) then edit those variables. But keep in mind, you'll need Hugo extended version which has the ability to rebuild SCSS. You don't have to use extended version in production but in this case it's necessary to make sure the resources folder is committed and "up to date" (by running hugo or hugo server locally using the extended version). But anyway, always use the extended version if you can.

Code injection

You can inject any html code to every page's document head or right above the closing body tag. This makes it easier to add any html meta data, custom css/js, dns-prefetch etc. To do this you simply need to create a file at site's layouts/partials/extra-head.html or layouts/partials/extra-foot.html, code inside will be injected to every page.