2.3.0 • Public • Published


An admin UI for the Hexo blog engine. Based off of the Ghost interface, with inspiration from svbtle and prose.io.

Hexo Version

For 2.x, use version 0.3.0 of this plugin. Version 1.x and beyond only support Hexo v3.x.


Local use vs deployment

This plugin was originally designed as a local editor -- you run hexo locally, use hexo-admin to author posts, and then use hexo generate or hexo deploy to send the generated static HTML files up to github pages or some other static server.

However, hexo-admin can be run on your live blog, as long as you're using a non-static hosting service such as Heroku, DigitalOcean, etc. Static hosting services such as Github pages and Surge.sh does not support running hexo-admin from your live site. If you're using Hexo admin from your live blog, you should definitely set up a password (see below) -- otherwise anyone will be able to edit your content.


posts view

editor view


1. Setup hexo & create a blog

npm install -g hexo
cd ~/
hexo init my-blog
cd my-blog
npm install

2. Install the admin & start things up

npm install --save hexo-admin
hexo server -d
open http://localhost:4000/admin/

3. Profit!

The UI should be pretty discoverable -- let me know if you can't find something.

4. Password protection

If you're using Hexo admin on your live server, you want some password protection. To enable this, you just add a few config variables to your hexo _config.yml:

  username: myfavoritename
  password_hash: be121740bf988b2225a313fa1f107ca1
  secret: a secret something

The password_hash is the bcrypt hash of your password. The secret is used to make the cookies secure, so it's a good idea to have it be long and complicated.

A utility in Hexo admin's Settings can hash your password and generate the admin section for you. Start Hexo and go to Settings > Setup authentification and fill out your information. Copy the generated YAML into your _config.yml.

Once that's in place, start up your hexo server and going to /admin/ will require you to enter your password.

5. Custom post metadata

To add and edit your own post metadata with the admin interface, add the metadata variable and your custom variables to your hexo _config.yml:

  author_id: defaultAuthorId

You can provide default values that will be used to initialize the metadata of a new post. These can be either primitives or arrays.

6. Contribute!


built with ❤ by Jared Forsyth (@jaredforsyth) using react, browserify, and less.


npm i hexo-admin

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