The 20 Best Free Minimal Ghost Themes

Not only did Ghost launch a few years ago, it launched big, really big. No other CMS over the last few years has received such universal acclaim and been able to generate such excitement. Not since WordPress anyway.

What does make Ghost great? And why is it such a good alternative to other CMSs? That is easy, it is purely the simplicity it offers.

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All of the free themes we have for you below embodies everything that Ghost represents – a simple platform that puts all of the focus onto your great content. The themes are all lightweight, minimal, have beautiful typography and all are a solid foundation for creating your own theme.

As well as styled themes, at the bottom of the post we have also included a selection of blank themes to help make things easier for you guys to get started creating your own Ghost themes.

Free Themes for Ghost

Vapor from Seth Lilly

Vapor theme ghost free

Vapor is a minimal and responsive Ghost blogging theme with a strong focus on typography. Fonts have been embedded via Google Fonts, including Roboto Slab, Merriweather, and Open Sans Condensed.

Vapor →Demo →

GhostScroll from Yonatan Wolowelsky

GhostScroll theme ghost free

GhostScroll is a lightweight Ghost theme specially for those people who want to create quick and simple one-page websites for personal or promotional uses.

GhostScroll →Demo →

Readium from Sven Read

Readium theme ghost free

Readium, built with LESS, has been been designed to bring you the readability and user experience of by including much of the text formatting features that Medium offers.

Readium →

Ghost Theme from Adam Cooke

Ghost Theme theme ghost free

Ghost Theme →

Ghost Theme from Designing Sean

Ghost Theme theme ghost free

Ghost Theme →

Ghostwriter from Rory G.

Ghostwriter theme ghost free

Ghostwriter is a simple AJAX driven theme for Ghost.

Ghostwriter →Demo →

Ghostless from Stefan Leonte

Ghostless theme ghost free

Ghostless is a port from the WordPress theme Less to Ghost, but with a personal spin from Stefan.

Ghostless →

Solar from Matt Harzewski

Solar theme ghost free

Solar is based on the Solarized color palette. It includes stylesheets for the default light-on-dark version, and for the alternate dark-on-light one.

Solar →

The Classy from Theme Spectre

Solar theme ghost free

The Classy →Demo →

Ghost Theme Based on UiKIT (

Based on UiKIT theme ghost free

Ghost Theme Based on UiKIT →

Albireo from Marco Santonocito

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Albireo →Demo →

Aura from Tom Kenny

Albireo theme ghost free

Aura →

Ghost Theme Based on PureCSS (

Based on PureCSS theme ghost free

Ghost Theme Based on PureCSS →Demo →Direct Download →

SŁIMPØST from Dmitriy S.

SŁIMPØST theme ghost free


Magnum from Durgesh Priyaranjan

Magnum theme ghost free

Magnum →Demo →

Blank & Starter Ghost Themes

Linen – A Ghost Starter Theme →
Linen is a Ghost starter theme for developers, designers, and theme builders. It’s purpose is to provide a solid foundation to build high quality Ghost themes.

Ghost Blank from Daniel Riemer →
This theme contains all of the necessary files for your own theme design including templates for homepage and posts and a CSS file with custom reset and some basic styling.

Opera Starter Theme →
Opera is another starter theme for Ghost. Just like the real place, it contains the foundation you can easily build upon.

Phantom Yeti – Starter Theme Built on Foundation →
Phantom Yeti is a starter theme built on the Foundation framework. The theme is loaded with all of Foundation's SASS and Javascript components and is preloaded with Foundicons Enclosed and the social icon set.

Boostrap Ghost Theme from Matt Lambert →
This is starter Ghost theme with Twitter Bootstrap integration. Bootstrap 3 has been included, and all the components, styles, etc… are available for use.

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  • Here’s another one from myself (in early development): Zeitgeist (
    Still have to finish up on a few tricks and it’ll be ready!

  • Thanks for sharing, great round-up.

  • Great compilation. I just love how Ghost puts the focus back on the writing. The designs are so clean and minimalistic that the reader’s attention definitely won’t veer away from the copy.

  • Many thanks for the mention!

  • Daniel Coulbourne

    Check out Pebble, by my co-worker Jon Ambas.

  • Rene

    Surely people are different and design taste is subjective and all – but personally i’m not that intrigued by the type of blog design primarily used in Ghost themes. Sure, the focus is on the writing but it just looks…dull to me. Most Ghost themes looks like they’re smartphone/tablet fixated – they look weird on a computer IMO.

  • I released an open-source theme that has gotten a lot of love on Github. It might be worth checking out!

  • Jorge A. Gonzalez

    No thanks, I’ll stick with WordPress.

  • mobeenabdullah

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