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Install Hyas with the Automatic CLI

Ready to install Hyas? Follow this guide to using the create hyas CLI to get started.



create-hyas is the fastest way to start a new Hyas project from scratch. It will walk you through every step of setting up your new Hyas project. It allows you to choose from a few different official starter templates. Next to that, you can also use any existing project on GitHub with the degit command.

1. Run the Setup Wizard

Run the following command in your terminal to start our handy install wizard:

Terminal window
npm create hyas@latest

You can run create-hyas anywhere on your machine, so there’s no need to create a new empty directory for your project before you begin. If you don’t have an empty directory yet for your new project, the wizard will help create one for you automatically.

If all goes well, you should see a “Done” message followed by some “Next steps”.

2. Install dependencies

cd into your new project directory and install your dependencies before continuing.

Terminal window
npm install

3. Start Hyas ✨

Hyas uses the Hugo development server that has everything you need for project development. The dev command will start the local development server so that you can see your new website in action for the very first time.

Use your favorite package manager to run this command and start the Hugo development server.

Terminal window
npm run dev

If all goes well, Hyas should now be serving your project on http://localhost:1313!

The Hugo server will listen for live file changes in your project directory, so you will not need to restart the server as you make changes during development.

If you aren’t able to open your project in the browser, go back to the terminal where you ran the dev command and look to see if an error occurred, or if your project is being served at a different URL than the one linked to above.

Starter Templates

You can also start a new Hyas project based on an official example by passing a --template argument to the create hyas command or by using a tool like degit to scaffold your project with the main branch of any GitHub repository.


Create a new project with an official example — for example with Doks:

Terminal window
# Syntax: npm create hyas@latest -- --template <example-name>
npm create hyas@latest -- --template doks


Create a new project based on a GitHub repository’s main branch

Terminal window
# Syntax: npx degit <user/repo> [project-directory]
npx degit h-enk/simply-cyan my-hyas-project

Explore our themes and starters showcase where you can browse themes for blogs, portfolios, documentation, landing pages, and more! Or, search on GitHub for even more starter projects.

Next Steps

Success! You are now ready to start building with Hyas! 🥳

Here are a few topics that we recommend exploring next. You can read them in any order. You can even leave our documentation for a bit and go play in your new Hyas project codebase, coming back here whenever you run into trouble or have a question.