Hugo Footnotes Popup is a pure javascript plugin that displays your footnotes in a bottom panel. It is made mainly for Hugo, but after some tweaks it probably can work with Jekyll too. The aim is to add more comfort for mobile users, but it works on desktop just fine.

Hugo Footnote Popup Demo

Hugo—the static site generator this blog uses—supports automatically generated footnotes for your articles. You can use them by adding index reference [^1] to your text.1 Then, at the end of your article (or wherever you want to) put this:

 [^1]: This is a footnote content.

Hugo will generate references and link them to their content. You can use the same reference multiple times1, but you have to number them manually as Hugo can’t do this for you.

The default mechanism works by adding anchored links to every index reference and then adds a [return] button that scrolls you back to your previous position. While it is ultimately better than having to scroll by yourself, I wanted something better.

Hugo Footnotes Popup2 is a pure javascript plugin that makes your footnotes opened in popup at the bottom of the page in a panel. You can see how it works by clicking on any footnote that is here. It is only 2 KB and can be used on every website that uses Hugo or uses similar Markdown scheme.

To set up this plugin add following code to the end of every page that needs it, just before the </body> closing tag. You can’t put the script inside your head, because it would not get the DOM elements it need as they are not yet loaded at the time.3

<div class="bottom-panel" id="bottom-panel">
    <div class="popup-wrapper" id="popup-wrapper">
        <div id="popup-index"></div>
        <div id="popup-content"></div>
        <div class="popup-cl"><a href="javascript:void(0);" id="popup-close" class="close">[x]</a></div>
    </div> 
</div> 
<script src="/js/footnotes.js"></script>

You can get code from GitHub repository. It contains JS file footnotes.js and examaple pages with basic styling using CSS. Feel free customize apperance of your own footnote popups.

This is my first project using JavaScript so please be kind as the code might not be highest quality. Oh, and Footnote Popups doesn’t work in IE. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 🙈


  1. Just like this.
  2. I could’t think of any better name, sorry.
  3. If you put script that manipulates DOM, just like this plugin, into head it will load before the body content. So if you target specific elements inside body, it will not be loaded yet. That is why you must put it at the end of body. Another way is to call function with <body onload="footnotePopup();"> that triggers given function when body is loaded.