Custom template file for specific single page?

I’m trying to create a theme template for a specific page. I have a single page stored in content/ and I would like to create a theme template for this page only as the design is different to other single pages.

I’ve followed the docs: and attempted to place the following files. None work:

  • theme/mytheme/layouts/_default/contact.html
  • theme/mytheme/layouts/_default/contact.html.html
  • theme/mytheme/layouts/contact/single.html

In the template I have the following:

{{ define "main" }}
Testing, testing
{{ end }}

I’m expecting testing to be displayed, but it’s not and appears be using theme/mytheme/layouts/_default/single.html

I’ve tried adding: type: "contact" to the frontmatter but I still can’t get the contact page to use it’s own template. Any ideas?

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Nope. We don’t know what’s in your content file, or config, or if there are other templates blocking it. Please share code as suggested, and we will figure it out. :slight_smile:

Try layout: contact


To give a more complete answer, apparently layout: contact in he front matter AND placing the contact.html inside _defaults worked for me.

I guess this is the only valid option three years later, and without the front matter there’s no other way, right?

According to this it still should be like that Formcake - How to add a Static Page to Hugo

├─ content/
│ ├─ :clipboard:

├─ layout/
│ ├─ _defaults/
│ │ ├─ contact.html :white_check_mark: + layout: contact
│ ├─ contact/
│ │ ├─ single.html :x:
│ ├─ contact.html :x: