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Gatsby vs Hugo: What are the differences?

What is Gatsby? Free, open source framework for building blazing fast websites and apps with React. Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future.

What is Hugo? A Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator built with love by spf13 in GoLang. Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. It is optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory with content and templates and renders them into a full html website. Hugo makes use of markdown files with front matter for meta data.

Gatsby and Hugo belong to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack.

"Generated websites are super fast" is the primary reason why developers consider Gatsby over the competitors, whereas "Lightning fast" was stated as the key factor in picking Hugo.

Gatsby and Hugo are both open source tools. It seems that Hugo with 36K GitHub stars and 4.05K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Gatsby with 35.7K GitHub stars and 5.26K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Gatsby has a broader approval, being mentioned in 48 company stacks & 128 developers stacks; compared to Hugo, which is listed in 36 company stacks and 60 developer stacks.

What is Gatsby?

Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future.

What is Hugo?

Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. It is optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory with content and templates and renders them into a full html website. Hugo makes use of markdown files with front matter for meta data.

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Jekyll
Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories.
Hexo
Hexo is a fast, simple and powerful blog framework. It parses your posts with Markdown or other render engine and generates static files with the beautiful theme. All of these just take seconds.
Middleman
Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.
VuePress
A minimalistic static site generator with a Vue-powered theming system, and a default theme optimized for writing technical documentation. It was created to support the documentation needs of Vue's own sub projects.
Pelican
Pelican is a static site generator that supports Markdown and reST syntax. Write your weblog entries directly with your editor of choice (vim!) in reStructuredText or Markdown.
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Wing Tang Wong uses HugoHugo

The Static Content Generator engine, Hugo, is what I use to convert the Markdown content of my site into HTML for serving to the public.

Using Hugo as a backend to generate content for a statically hosted frontend reduces the security risk of hosting a dynamically interactive site.

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CommentBox.io uses GatsbyGatsby

We use Gatsby.js to render our website server-side for SEO purposes, and blazing fast load times. It also hydrates into a react app, so having dynamic functionality is a breeze.

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Giant Swarm uses HugoHugo

We use Hugo to build our documentation website based on Markdown content.

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Loog uses HugoHugo

We use Hugo to generate all of our secondary sites including documentation, blog and help center.

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Yoandy Rodriguez uses HugoHugo

Hugo is my favorite static site generator. It's the engine behind my personal blog.

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Zetaops uses HugoHugo

REST Backend developed for location data access.

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Michael Manges uses GatsbyGatsby

Static site generator used to build my website.

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