Custom Hugo Shortcodes

This page explains the custom Hugo shortcodes used in United Manufacturing Hub documentation.

One of the powerful features of Hugo is the ability to create custom shortcodes. Shortcodes are simple snippets of code that you can use to add complex content to your documentation.

Read more about shortcodes in the Hugo documentation.

Code example

You can use the codenew shortcode to display code examples in your documentation. This is especially useful for code snippets that you want to reuse in multiple places.

After you add a new file with a code snippet in the examples directory, you can reference it in your documentation using the codenew shortcode with the file parameter set to the path to the file, relative to the examples directory.

A Copy button is automatically added to the code snippet. When the user clicks the button, the code is copied to the clipboard.

Here’s an example:

{{< codenew file="helm/" >}}

The rendered shortcode looks like this:

helm install united-manufacturing-hub united-manufacturing-hub -n united-manufacturing-hub


You can use the heading shortcode to use localized strings as headings in your documentation. The available headings are described in the content types page.

For example, to create a whatsnext heading, add the heading shortcode with the “whatsnext” string:

## {{% heading "whatsnext" %}}


You can use the include shortcode to include a file in your documentation. This is especially useful for including markdown files that you want to reuse in multiple places.

After you add a new file in the includes directory, you can reference it in your documentation using the include shortcode with the first parameter set to the path to the file, relative to the includes directory.

Here’s an example:

{{< include "" >}}


You can use the mermaid shortcode to display Mermaid diagrams in your documentation. You can find more information in the diagram guide.

Here’s an example:

{{< mermaid >}}
graph TD;
{{< /mermaid >}}

The rendered shortcode looks like this:

graph TD; A-->B; A-->C; B-->D; C-->D;


You can use the notice shortcode to display a notice in your documentation. There are four types of notices: note, warning, info, and tip.

Here’s an example:

{{< notice note >}}
This is a note.
{{< /notice >}}
{{< notice warning >}}
This is a warning.
{{< /notice >}}
{{< notice info >}}
This is an info.
{{< /notice >}}
{{< notice tip >}}
This is a tip.
{{< /notice >}}

The rendered shortcode looks like this:

This is a note.
This is a warning.
This is an info.
This is a tip.


You can use the resource shortcode to display a resource in your documentation. The resource shortcode takes these parameters:

  • name: The name of the resource.
  • type: The type of the resource.

This is useful for displaying resources which name might change over time, like a pod name.

Here’s an example:

{{< resource type="pod" name="database" >}}

The rendered shortcode looks like this: united-manufacturing-hub-timescaledb-0

The resources are defined in the i18n/en.toml file. You can add a new resource by adding a new entry like [resource_<type>_<name>]

Table captions

You can make tables more accessible to screen readers by adding a table caption. To add a caption to a table, enclose the table with a table shortcode and specify the caption with the caption parameter.

Table captions are visible to screen readers but invisible when viewed in standard HTML.

Here’s an example:

{{< table caption="Configuration parameters" >}}
| Parameter  | Description                  | Default |
| :--------- | :--------------------------- | :------ |
| `timeout`  | The timeout for requests     | `30s`   |
| `logLevel` | The log level for log output | `INFO`  |
{{< /table >}}

The rendered table looks like this:

Configuration parameters
timeoutThe timeout for requests30s
logLevelThe log level for log outputINFO

If you inspect the HTML for the table, you should see this element immediately after the opening <table> element:

<caption style="display: none;">Configuration parameters</caption>


In a markdown page (.md file) on this site, you can add a tab set to display multiple flavors of a given solution.

The tabs shortcode takes these parameters:

  • name: The name as shown on the tab.
  • codelang: If you provide inner content to the tab shortcode, you can tell Hugo what code language to use for highlighting.
  • include: The file to include in the tab. If the tab lives in a Hugo leaf bundle, the file – which can be any MIME type supported by Hugo – is looked up in the bundle itself. If not, the content page that needs to be included is looked up relative to the current page. Note that with the include, you do not have any shortcode inner content and must use the self-closing syntax. For example, {{< tab name="Content File #1" include="example1" />}}. The language needs to be specified under codelang or the language is taken based on the file name. Non-content files are code-highlighted by default.
  • If your inner content is markdown, you must use the %-delimiter to surround the tab. For example, {{% tab name="Tab 1" %}}This is **markdown**{{% /tab %}}
  • You can combine the variations mentioned above inside a tab set.

Below is a demo of the tabs shortcode.

The tab **name** in a `tabs` definition must be unique within a content page.

Tabs demo: Code highlighting

{{< tabs name="tab_with_code" >}}
{{< tab name="Tab 1" codelang="bash" >}}
echo "This is tab 1."
{{< /tab >}}
{{< tab name="Tab 2" codelang="go" >}}
println "This is tab 2."
{{< /tab >}}
{{< /tabs >}}

Renders to:

echo "This is tab 1."

println "This is tab 2."

Tabs demo: Inline Markdown and HTML

{{< tabs name="tab_with_md" >}}
{{% tab name="Markdown" %}}
This is **some markdown.**
{{< note >}}
It can even contain shortcodes.
{{< /note >}}
{{% /tab %}}
{{< tab name="HTML" >}}
  <h3>Plain HTML</h3>
  <p>This is some <i>plain</i> HTML.</p>
{{< /tab >}}
{{< /tabs >}}

Renders to:

This is some markdown.

It can even contain shortcodes.

Plain HTML

This is some plain HTML.

Tabs demo: File include

{{< tabs name="tab_with_file_include" >}}
{{< tab name="Content File #1" include="example1" />}}
{{< tab name="Content File #2" include="example2" />}}
{{< tab name="JSON File" include="podtemplate" />}}
{{< /tabs >}}

Renders to:

This is an example content file inside the includes leaf bundle.

Included content files can also contain shortcodes.

This is another example content file inside the includes leaf bundle.

    "apiVersion": "v1",
    "kind": "PodTemplate",
    "metadata": {
      "name": "nginx"
    "template": {
      "metadata": {
        "labels": {
          "name": "nginx"
        "generateName": "nginx-"
      "spec": {
         "containers": [{
           "name": "nginx",
           "image": "dockerfile/nginx",
           "ports": [{"containerPort": 80}]

Version strings

To generate a version string for inclusion in the documentation, you can choose from several version shortcodes. Each version shortcode displays a version string derived from the value of a version parameter found in the site configuration file, config.toml. The two most commonly used version parameters are latest and version.

{{< param "version" >}}

The {{< param "version" >}} shortcode generates the value of the current version of the Kubernetes documentation from the version site parameter. The param shortcode accepts the name of one site parameter, in this case: version.

In previously released documentation, `latest` and `version` parameter values are not equivalent. After a new version is released, `latest` is incremented and the value of `version` for the documentation set remains unchanged. For example, a previously released version of the documentation displays `version` as `v1.19` and `latest` as `v1.20`.

Renders to:


{{< latest-version >}}

The {{< latest-version >}} shortcode returns the value of the latest site parameter. The latest site parameter is updated when a new version of the documentation is released. This parameter does not always match the value of version in a documentation set.

Renders to:


{{< latest-semver >}}

The {{< latest-semver >}} shortcode generates the value of latest without the “v” prefix.

Renders to:


{{< version-check >}}

The {{< version-check >}} shortcode checks if the min-kubernetes-server-version page parameter is present and then uses this value to compare to version.

Renders to:

To check the United Manufacturing Hub version, open UMHLens / OpenLens and go to Helm > Releases. The version is listed in the Version column.

{{< latest-release-notes >}}

The {{< latest-release-notes >}} shortcode generates a version string from latest and removes the “v” prefix. The shortcode prints a new URL for the release note CHANGELOG page with the modified version string.

Renders to:

TODO: changelog

What’s next

Last modified June 7, 2023: build: version 0.9.13 (bc08e78)