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The theme is no longer maintained, but can still be used

Even if the repository is archived you can still use the theme, fork it, download it, expand it, etc. Remember that each Hugo theme is a module that can be modified to match your needs. The theme is fully "open" and it depends only on the internal engines implemented in Hugo.

The theme brings many useful features thanks to all people that contributed to it (I want to thank you all!). At the time of archiving the theme has reached 9th place on the official Hugo Themes list. This is huge! Thanks to you!



⚠️ The theme needs at least Hugo Extended v0.90.x.


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

Built-in shortcodes

  • image (props required: src; props optional: alt, position (left is default | center | right), style)
    • e.g.
    {{< image src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" >}}
  • figure (same as image, plus few optional props: caption, captionPosition (left | center is default | right), captionStyle)
    • e.g.
    {{< figure src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" caption="Hello Friend!" captionPosition="right" captionStyle="color: red;" >}}
  • code (props required: language; props optional: title, id, expand (default "△"), collapse (default "▽"), isCollapsed)
    • e.g.
    {{< 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 choose one of the 3 possibilities to install the theme:

  1. as Hugo Module
  2. as a standalone local directory
  3. as a git submodule

⚠️ The theme needs at least Hugo Extended v0.90.x.

Install theme as Hugo Module

# If this is the first time you're using Hugo Modules
# in your project. You have to initiate your own module before
# you fetch the theme module.
# hugo mod init [your website/module name]
hugo mod get

and in your config file add:

  # this is needed when you fetch the theme as a submodule to your repo.
  # replacements = " -> themes/terminal"
  path = ''

Keep in mind that the theme by default won't show up in the themes directory. This means that you are using the theme as it was on the repository at the moment you fetched it. Your local go.sum file keeps all the references. Read more about Hugo Modules in the official documentation.

Install theme locally

git clone themes/terminal

This will clone the repository directly to the themes/terminal directory.

Install theme as a submodule

git submodule add -f themes/terminal

This will install the repository as a sumbodule in the themes/terminal directory.

⚠️ If you encounter any issues with:

Error: module "terminal" not found; either add it as a Hugo Module or store it in "[...your custom path]/themes".: module does not exist

then please try to remove theme = "terminal" from your config file.

How to run your site

hugo server -t terminal

and go to localhost:1313 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"
# Add it only if you keep the theme in the `themes` directory.
# Remove it if you use the theme as a remote Hugo Module.
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)
  # oneHeadingSize = true # default

  # whether to show a page's estimated reading time
  # readingTime = false # default

  # whether to show a table of contents
  # can be overridden in a page's front-matter
  # Toc = false # default

  # set title for the table of contents
  # can be overridden in a page's front-matter
  # TocTitle = "Table of Contents" # default

  # set Twitter handles for Twitter cards
  # see
  # do not include @
  creator = ""
  site = ""

    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"
    minuteReadingTime = "min read"
    words = "words"

      logoText = "Terminal"
      logoHomeLink = "/"

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

  # In case you would like to make changes to the theme and keep it locally in you repository,
  # uncomment the line below (and correct the local path if necessary).
  # --
  # replacements = " -> themes/terminal"
  path = ''

to config.toml 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 post file params supported by the theme —


How to edit the theme

If you are using as a remote Hugo Module (you don't have the theme files in the theme/terminal) and you have to override only some of the styles, you can do this easily by adding static/style.css in your root directory and point things you want to change.

If you have the theme files in the theme directory, then you can directly edit anything in the theme, you just have to go to themes/terminal and modify the files. No compilation step needed.

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! 🤗


Copyright © 2019-2022 Radosław Kozieł (@panr)

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