Hinode is fully open source and uses several open-source frameworks and libraries.


Hinode is maintained by Mark Dumay and several contributors as an open-source repository on GitHub. You are more than welcome to contribute. Get involved in the development by opening an issue or submitting a pull request. Read our contributing guidelines for information on how we develop.

Core components

Hinode is based on the following core components:

  • Hugo is a fast and modern static site generator written in Go. It is a so-called static site generator, meaning that the website is created when you update its content. This is a different approach to systems that dynamically build a page upon request.
  • Bootstrap is a popular, open-source web development framework. Using a mobile-first approach, it provides several functions and components to simplify the creation of responsive websites.
  • npm is a software registry that enables the sharing and reuse of both open-source and private software packages. By taking advantage of its version management, software dependencies are easily tracked and updated.
  • FlexSearch is a flexible search library to enable full text search across your site.
  • Font Awesome is an icon library and toolkit that is used on over 200 million sites. It contains both free and paid plans.


Hinode is inspired by the following themes:

  • Blist is a clean and fast blog theme for your Hugo site using Tailwind CSS.
  • Doks is a Hugo theme for building secure, fast, and SEO-ready documentation websites, which you can easily update and customize.
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