Hugo Craft

May 26, 2018

This is a ready-to-go Hugo-based blog publishing system. The styling has a lot of inspiration from the blog of Chris Siebenmann which I think excels in simplicity and minimalism. It uses mage for an OS-agnostic build system to make it easy to chain commands. It has a simple search and comments ready-to-go.


  • Integrated search (try it)
  • Integrated comments at the bottom of each post
  • Automatic image captioning using markdown
  • Very fast (base page ~3.9kB)
  • Easy to get started and run

Get started

You need to have Go installed. Then install dependencies:

$ go get
$ go get

The install Hugo by just downloading the latest release.

Now you should start a new repo and add hugocraft.

$ mkdir my-blog && cd my-blog
$ git init 
$ git remote add upstream
$ git fetch upstream
$ git merge upstream/master

Now you are ready to use!

How to use


To get started, you can make a new post:

$ mage new

You’ll be prompted for a name and then the post will be created. You can open the post in your favorite editor to edit it.

Or, if you like using vim you can just do

$ mage write

When you want to push your latest changes just do

$ mage push

IPFS publishing

First install ipfs and make sure you have wget. Run your ipfs instance (ipfs daemon) Then you can easily publish to IPFS using

$ mage ipfs

which will return your hash. Now you can view your site at https://ipfs.ip/ipfs/<your hash>.

Github publishing

And when you are ready to publish you need to set your repo name. Goto the config.toml and just change githubPublish to your Github repo, e.g. user/ Then you can publish by just doing

$ mage publish

which will build and minify the results into the tmp/ directory.

Get latest hugocraft

After you’ve forked this repo, you can update with

$ mage update

which will do the following commands to merge the upstream hugocraft fork:

git remote add upstream
git fetch upstream
git merge upstream/master

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Written on 26 May 2018. Categories: thoughts.

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