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Update Docsy

Keeping the Docsy theme up to date.

We hope to continue to make improvements to the theme along with the Docsy community. If you have cloned the example site (or are otherwise using the theme as a Hugo Module or Git submodule), you can easily update the Docsy theme in your site yourself. If you have cloned the theme itself into your own project you can also update, though you may need to resolve merge conflicts.

Updating Docsy means that your site will build using the latest version of Docsy at HEAD and include all the new commits or changes that have been merged since the point in time that you initially added the Docsy submodule, or last updated. Updating won’t affect any modifications that you made in your own project to override the Docsy look and feel, as your overrides don’t modify the theme itself. For details about what has changed in the theme since your last update, see the list of Docsy commits.

If you have been using the theme as a Git submodule, you can also update your site to use Docsy as a Hugo Module. This is the latest and simplest way to pull in a Hugo theme from its repository. If you’re not ready to migrate to Hugo Modules yet, don’t worry, your site will still work and you can continue to update your submodule as before.

1 - Update your Docsy Hugo Module

Update your Docsy theme to the latest version using Hugo Modules.

When using the Docsy theme as a Hugo Module, updating your theme is really easy.

At the command prompt, change to the root directory of your existing site.

cd /path/to/my-existing-site

Then invoke hugo’s module get subcommand with the update flag:

hugo mod get -u

Hugo automatically pulls in the latest theme version. That’s it, your update is done!

2 - Update Docsy without Hugo Modules

Update the Docsy theme to the latest version using submodules or git pull.

If you aren’t using Hugo Modules, depending on how you chose to install Docsy on your existing site, use one of the following two procedures to update your theme.

Update your Docsy submodule

If you are using the Docsy theme as a submodule in your project, here’s how you update the submodule:

  1. Navigate to the root of your local project, then run:

    git submodule update --remote
  2. Add and then commit the change to your project:

    git add themes/
    git commit -m "Updating theme submodule"
  3. Push the commit to your project repo. For example, run:

    git push origin master

Route 2: Update your Docsy clone

If you cloned the Docsy theme into the themes folder in your project, then you use the git pull command:

  1. Navigate to the themes directory in your local project:

    cd themes
  2. Ensure that origin is set to

    git remote -v
  3. Update your local clone:

    git pull origin master

If you have made any local changes to the cloned theme, you must manually resolve any merge conflicts.

3 - Migrate to Hugo Modules

Convert an existing site to use Docsy as a Hugo Module

TL;DR: Conversion for the impatient expert

Run the following from the command line:

cd /path/to/my-existing-site
hugo mod init
hugo mod get
sed -i '/theme = \["docsy"\]/d' config.toml
mv config.toml hugo.toml
cat >> hugo.toml <<EOL
proxy = "direct"
path = ""
hugo server
cd  my-existing-site
hugo mod init
hugo mod get
findstr /v /c:"theme = [\"docsy\"]" config.toml > hugo.toml
(echo [module]^

proxy = "direct"^


path = "")>>hugo.toml
hugo server

Detailed conversion instructions

Import the Docsy theme module as a dependency of your site

At the command prompt, change to the root directory of your existing site.

cd /path/to/my-existing-site

Only sites that are Hugo Modules themselves can import other Hugo Modules. Turn your existing site into a Hugo Module by running the following command from your site directory, replacing with your site repository:

hugo mod init

This creates two new files, go.mod for the module definitions and go.sum which holds the checksums for module verification.

Next declare the Docsy theme module as a dependency for your site.

hugo mod get

This command adds the docsy theme module to your definition file go.mod.

Update your config file

In your hugo.toml/hugo.yaml/hugo.json file, update the theme setting to use Hugo Modules. Find the following line:

theme = ["docsy"]
theme: docsy
"theme": "docsy"

Change this line to:

theme = [""]
"theme": [

Alternatively, you can omit this line altogether and replace it with the settings given in the following snippet:

  proxy = "direct"
  # uncomment line below for temporary local development of module
  # replacements = " -> ../../docsy"
    extended = true
    min = "0.73.0"
    path = ""
    disable = false
  proxy: direct
    extended: true
    min: 0.73.0
    - path:
      disable: false
    - path:
      disable: false
  "module": {
    "proxy": "direct",
    "hugoVersion": {
      "extended": true,
      "min": "0.73.0"
    "imports": [
        "path": "",
        "disable": false
        "path": "",
        "disable": false

You can find details of what these configuration settings do in the Hugo modules documentation. Depending on your environment you may need to tweak them slightly, for example by adding a proxy to use when downloading remote modules.

Check validity of your configuration settings

To make sure that your configuration settings are correct, run the command hugo mod graph which prints a module dependency graph:

hugo mod graph
hugo: collected modules in 1092 ms v0.0.0-20230802202706-f0c25837a3fe

Make sure that three lines with dependencies docsy, bootstrap and Font-Awesome are listed. If not, please double check your config settings.

Clean up your repository

Since your site now uses Hugo Modules, you can remove docsy from the themes directory, as instructed below. First, change to the root directory of your site:

cd /path/to/my-existing-site

Previous use of Docsy theme as git clone

Simply remove the subdirectory docsy inside your themes directory:

rm -rf themes/docsy

Previous use of Docsy theme as git submodule

If your Docsy theme was installed as submodule, use git’s rm subcommand to remove the subdirectory docsy inside your themes directory:

git rm -rf themes/docsy

You are now ready to commit your changes to your repository:

git commit -m "Removed docsy git submodule"