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Deploy Static Content with Hugo

This guide shows you how to use Hugo, a high performance webserver, with the ananke theme.

To run it, follow these steps:

  1. Install the kraft CLI tool and a container runtime engine, e.g. Docker.

  2. Clone the examples repository and cd into the examples/hugo/ directory:

Terminal window
git clone
cd examples/hugo/

Make sure to log into KraftCloud by setting your token and a metro close to you. We use fra0 (Frankfurt, πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ) in this guide:

Terminal window
# Set KraftCloud access token
# Set metro to Frankfurt, DE

When done, invoke the following command to deploy this application on KraftCloud:

Terminal window
kraft cloud deploy -p 443:1313 -M 512 .

The output shows the instance URL and other details:

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[●] Deployed successfully!
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ name: hugo-zpabu
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ uuid: dfc6e06c-76cc-4aa1-a053-c4eded0d2456
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ state: running
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ url:
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ image: hugo@sha256:68d20fdb707076b1cd0f2848b17cc75670d8a92b740edb9417aeb8463fef7f19
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ boot time: 77.17 ms
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€β”€ memory: 512 MiB
β”œβ”€ service group: morning-rain-jikpfy3t
β”œβ”€β”€ private fqdn: hugo-zpabu.internal
β”œβ”€β”€β”€β”€ private ip:
└────────── args: /usr/bin/hugo server --bind= --source /site

In this case, the instance name is hugo-zpabu and the URL is They are different for each run.

Use curl to query the KraftCloud instance of Hugo.

Terminal window
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en-us">
<head><script src="/livereload.js?mindelay=10&amp;v=2&amp;port=1313&amp;path=livereload" data-no-instant defer></script>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1">

At any point in time, you can list information about the instance:

Terminal window
kraft cloud instance list
hugo-zpabu morning-rain-jikpfy3t.fra0.kra... running 1 minute ago hugo@sha256:68d20fdb707076b1cd0f2848b17cc75670d8a... 512 MiB /usr/bin/hugo server --bind=... 77166us

When done, you can remove the instance:

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kraft cloud instance remove hugo-zpabu

Customize your Application

To customize the Hugo application, update the files in the repository, listed below:

  • Kraftfile: the KraftCloud specification
  • site/: sample site content
  • Dockerfile: In case you need to add files to your instance’s rootfs
spec: v0.6
runtime: hugo:latest
rootfs: ./Dockerfile
cmd: ["/usr/bin/hugo", "server", "--bind=", "--source", "/site"]

Update the contents of the site/ directory to serve different static web content.

After re-deploying the Hugo image on KraftCloud, using curl or a browser to query it will present the new page contents.

The static web content located in the site/ can of course be generated offline by tools like Jekyll or Hugo.

Learn More

Use the --help option for detailed information on using KraftCloud:

Terminal window
kraft cloud --help

Or visit the CLI Reference.