Using Husky to Build Hugo Site

I’ve been making some efforts to streamline the publishing process for this site. I’ve read about tools like Netlify and Lektor, but I wanted to keep things as close to a basic Hugo site as possible.

To that end, I wanted to use git hooks to run hugo whenever I ran git commit. That way to publish a new post I simply had to write it in markdown, save, commit and push. No remembering to run hugo. No remembering to add changes to the site. A plain and simple git workflow for publishing.

I have seen husky before and decided to give that a go for this project. It’s an npm package that allows you to define your git hooks in your package.json, which will make it easy for me to maintain the hooks I want to use.

To get started I first had to initialize my package.json file:

npm init

Then I installed husky:

npm install husky@next --save-dev

And finally update my package.json with the following scripts and husky config:

"scripts": {
  "build": "hugo",
  "dev": "hugo server"
"husky": {
  "hooks": {
    "pre-commit": "npm run build && git add docs/*"

Now I can use npm to run the hugo server (not that that’s easier than hugo server) and build the site. The real value though is that any time I commit the build will automatically run and the resulting build will be added before the commit.

Aaron Crowder avatar

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