Hugo on Kindle Fire Hd

Using termux on a Kindle Fire HD to manage a hugo site

On a Kindle Fire HD we are going to install everything we need to update our hugo site.

Install termux

Termux is an Android terminal emulator and Linux environment app that works directly with no rooting or setup required. A minimal base system is installed automatically - additional packages are available using the APT package manager.

It is available on the Play Store and on F-Droid.

Install and start the application.


  • Keep pressed Volume-Up plus q on the keyboard to activate a special row on the keyboard.
  • Keep pressed Volume-Up plus w to emulate the Up arrow key

Install git

Update the packages

apt update
apt upgrade

Install git and OpenSSH

apt install git
apt install openssh

External storage

Termux store the HOME folder in the application sandbox which is only accessible to the app itself. This is good: only a phone root user can access your private configuration file like ssh keys.

To be able to edit our website from an external application we have to mount an external storage inside our HOME folder.

cd storage
ls -la

We see that the command have setup for us a few symlinks to the most used folders: dcim, downloads, movies, music, pictures, shared.

Github ssh keys

Generate keys

Similar to the process specified in this article

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "[email protected]"
eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Now we need something to copy the value of the generated key to the clipboard.


Install Termux:API from Play Store or F-Droid

Now enable the api support inside termux

apt install termux-api

Activate Github key

Copy the ssh public key value to the clipboard

cat ./.ssh/ | termux-clipboard-set

Open a browser and log in to GitHub.

Go into your profile and select SSH and GPG keys, click Add SSH key, add a description and paste the key.

Clone the repository

The repository will be cloned in the shared folder. This way it will be possible for other application to edit the content files.

cd storage/shared
git clone --recurse-submodules -j8 [email protected]:gabrieleteotino/bluish-capsule.git
cd bluish-capsule
ls -la

Install hugo

We will install a prebuilt release (it is also possible to build from the sources).

Go to the hugo releases and find the url for the linux-ARM.tar.gz

Note: the deb package is in armhf and is not installable because my system support only arm.

Note: wget is not available with apt in Termux.

# install wget
pkg install wget
# move back to home
# download the file
# extract
tar xzf hugo_0.37.1_Linux-ARM.tar.gz

Install the binary into a personal bin folder. Easy to manage and upgrade.

mkdir -p ~/bin
cd ~
mv hugo ~/bin/hugo
cd ~/bin
./hugo version

Add bin path

vim ~/.bash_profile

Add the following line export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin

Open a new terminal session ( or . ~/.bash_profile) and test

which hugo
hugo version

Run the site

cd ~/storage/shared/bluish-capsule
hugo server -D

This page was edited and published from my kindle. A bit painful but doable.