Step 1. Install Hugo

Go to Hugo releases and download the appropriate version for your OS and architecture.

Save it somewhere specific as we will be using it in the next step.

More complete instructions are available at Install Hugo

Step 2. Build the Docs

Hugo has its own example site which happens to also be the documentation site you are reading right now.

Follow the following steps:

  1. Clone the Hugo repository
  2. Go into the repo
  3. Run hugo in server mode and build the docs
  4. Open your browser to http://localhost:1313

Corresponding pseudo commands:

git clone
cd hugo
/path/to/where/you/installed/hugo server --source=./docs
> 29 pages created
> 0 tags index created
> in 27 ms
> Web Server is available at http://localhost:1313
> Press ctrl+c to stop

Once you’ve gotten here, follow along the rest of this page on your local build.

Step 3. Change the docs site

Stop the Hugo process by hitting Ctrl+C.