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rstudio / blogdown


Create Blogs and Websites with R Markdown



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A open-source (GPL-3) R package to generate static websites based on R Markdown and Hugo. You can install the package via CRAN or GitHub:

## Install from CRAN
## Or, install from GitHub

You may use the helper function blogdown::install_hugo() to install Hugo. Once Hugo has been installed, you may create a new site via blogdown::new_site() under an empty directory. It will create a skeleton site, download a Hugo theme from Github, add some sample content, launch a web browser and you will see the new site. The sample blog post hello-world.Rmd should be opened automatically, and you can edit it. The website will be automatically rebuilt and the page will be refreshed after you save the file.

If you use RStudio, you can create a new RStudio project for your website, and generate the new site in the project (the new project will contain a *.Rproj file but that is fine).

The function blogdown::serve_site() may be the most frequently used function in this package. It builds the website, loads it into your web browser, and automatically refreshes the browser when you update the Markdown or R Markdown files. Do not use the command line hugo server to build or serve the site. It only understands plain Markdown files, and cannot build R Markdown. If you do not want serve_site() to block your R session, you can set the option options(servr.daemon = TRUE) first.

You may not be satisfied with the default site created from new_site(). There are two things you may want to do after your first successful experiment with blogdown:

  1. Pick a Hugo theme that you like from All you need is its Github user and repository name, to be passed to the theme argument of new_site().
  2. Add more content (pages or posts), or migrate your existing website.

The full documentation is the blogdown book freely available at You are expected to read at least the first chapter. You are welcome to send us feedback using Github issues or ask questions on StackOverflow with the blogdown tag.