Creating SVG Components in Hugo

By GolferHD September 13, 2023


In this tutorial, we’ll delve into the process of creating reusable SVG components in Hugo. We’ll start by crafting an svgImage.html partial, which will be the foundation for our svgButton.html partial. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a flexible SVG button component that can be easily customized and integrated into your Hugo site.



I wanted to add a clickble Linktree icon similar to my Instagram and Twitter buttons, but unfortunately there’s no Linktree icon in FontAwesome. No problem, we’ll create our own.


  • A working Hugo site.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML.
  • SVG images you wish to use.

Step 1: Setting Up the svgImage.html Partial

This partial will be responsible for rendering SVG images. The idea is to make SVG inclusion more streamlined and efficient.

  1. Navigate to your Hugo project directory.
  2. Inside the layouts directory, ensure there’s a folder named partials.
  3. Create a new file named svgImage.html within the partials folder.


{{ $svgPath := printf "static/svg/%s.svg" . }}
{{ with readFile $svgPath }}
    {{ . | safeHTML }}
{{ else }}
    <p>Error: SVG not found.</p>
{{ end }}

This code fetches the SVG content from the images directory, minifies it, and then renders it safely.

Credit: This approach is inspired by Utkarsh Verma’s method.

Step 2: Crafting the svgButton.html Partial

Now, we’ll create a button that incorporates the SVG image from our svgImage.html partial.

  1. Still within the partials folder, create a file named svgButton.html.


<a href="{{ .url | default .Site.Params.linktree_url }}">
    <div style="color: {{ .color | default "#ffffff" }}; fill: currentColor; width: {{ .width | default "12em" }}; display: {{ .display | default "block" }};">
        {{ partial "svgImage.html" (.icon | default "linktree") }}    

Step 3: Implementing the SVG Button in Your Content

With the partials set up, you can now easily integrate the SVG button into your content or other templates.

  1. Custom Style:
{{ partial "svgButton.html" (dict "color" "#ffffff" "width" "12em" "display" "inline-block" "icon" "linktree") }}
  1. Another Custom Style:
{{ partial "svgButton.html" (dict "color" "#6bae79" "width" "8em" "icon" "linktree") }}

These implementations allow you to customize the SVG button’s appearance by passing different parameters to the svgButton.html partial.


By leveraging Hugo’s powerful partials system, we’ve now crafted a reusable SVG button component that can be effortlessly integrated across your site. This approach ensures a consistent look and feel, while also streamlining the content creation process.

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