Add comments to your Hugo-Academic blog in 10 minutes, using is a lightweigth comments widget, which allows you to use Github Issues for blog comments. It’s open source, looks clean, comments are stored on Github, and even comes with a dark theme. Sure, you need to sign with Github, but that’s fine since most coders already have an account.

Installation steps

  1. You will, obviously, need to have your website hosted on GitHub, in a public repository, in order to utterances to work as intended.
  2. Install utterances app on that repo. You have a choice to install the app on every (current and future) repo, but I don’t think you will have any need for this. Usually you will have a (public) repo with a name like <username> select this from the drop-down menu that will appear:


  1. Go to utterances web-app and fill the form as requested. It will generate (at the bottom of the page) a custom html that you could copy&paste in your blog template. you will require just a couple of information:

    • name of the repository : usually, it will be something like <username>/<username> (or more generally owner/repo)
    • label: as the comments will be managed via GitHub Issue system, you will need to set-up a proper label to indentify those issues created by utterances (in case you have other normal issues as well in you repo)
    • theme: your choice of a light or dark theme, according to the overall style of your current blog template
  2. Copy to your clipboard.

  3. [The following will apply only to Hugo Academic template, but it you are a little bit tech-savy you will find a way to make it work with whatever template you are using, even a custom one] Go to the folder in which the Hugo surce of your blog is hosted, and navigate to themes/academic/layouts/partials

  4. Open the source file comments.html and replace everything in it with utterances script code:

<script src=""
  1. That’s it! Now, check that everything is set-up correctly in the post template file, which can be found at themes/academic/layouts/_defaults/single.html. Towards the end you should find something similar to this:
<div class="article-container"></div>
{{ partial "comments.html" . }}
  1. Just in case you wanted to activate comments also for the Publications section provided by the Academic template, just copy the code snippet above and past it in themes/academic/layouts/publications/single.html, towards the end, just before the <div class="container"> tag.

  2. Save and deploy, as you normally would.

  3. Voila! Check it out below! 👇

Michele Scipioni
Postdoctoral Research Fellow