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Easily integrate Sphinx documentation into your website.

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This Django application allows you to integrate any Sphinx documentation directly into your Django powered website instead of just serving the static files.

Django-sphinxdoc can handle multiple Sphinx projects and offers a Haystack powered search.


This app requires Django >= 1.8, Sphinx >= 1.0 and Haystack >= 2.1.


Just use PIP:

$ pip install django-sphinxdoc

If you want the latest development version, install it from Bitbucket with:

$ pip install


$ hg clone ssh://
$ pip install -e django-sphinxdoc


The documentation can be found in the docs/ directory or at

Changelog for django-sphinxdoc

v1.5.1 – 2016-12-07:

  • [FIX] Fix last release

v1.5.0 – 2016-12-07:

  • [CHANGE] Minimal supported Django version is 1.8
  • [NEW] Tests with pytest and tox
  • [FIX] Refactorings and clean-ups

v1.4.2 – 2016-10-26:

  • [CHANGE] Replaced string URLs with URL objects. Django no longer supports strings.

v1.4.1 – 2016-09-18:

  • [CHANGE] Removed support for Django < 1.6
  • [CHANGE] Added migrations to ease future upgrades.
  • [CHANGE] Updated README.txt with link to online documentation.
  • [NEW] Setting SPHINXDOC_BASE_TEMPLATE in allows overriding of the base template used for documentation.
  • [FIX] UnicodeDecodeError when editing or creating a new project.

v1.4 – 2014-12-14:

  • [NEW] Support for Python 3 (3.3 and above)

v1.3 – 2014-03-05:

  • [NEW] Projects can now be protected authentication.

v1.2.1 – 2013-12-20:

  • [NEW] Option --all to update docs for all projects
  • [NEW] Filters for the project admin
  • [FIX] Titles for generated domain indexes

v1.2 – 2013-08-11:

  • [NEW] I18n and l10n for Spanish and Basque, by Ales Zabala Alava
  • [CHANGE] Use class-based views, by Josiah Klassen
  • [CHANGE] Migration to Haystack 2, by Andres Riancho
  • [FIX] Inclusion of search index template in package, by Mike Shantz

v1.1 – 2012-04-19:

  • [NEW] Support static and download files.
  • [NEW] Additional context to search view so that project information is available in the template.
  • [CHANGE] Updated some templates
  • [FIX] Fixed a bug with the updatedoc command and ~ in paths.
  • [FIX] Include all module index files.
  • [FIX] Improved indexing behaviour
  • [FIX] Improved behaviour when building the docs.

v1.0.0 – 2010-09-11:

  • [NEW] Documentation can be searched via Haystack. The new management command updatedoc imports the JSON files into the database and updates Haystack’s search index.
  • [CHANGE] Renamed App to Project.

v0.3.2 – 2010-03-14:

  • [FIX] Fixed a bug in

v0.3.1 – 2010-03-11:

  • [CHANGE] Repackaging

v0.3 – 2010-01-06:

  • [NEW] Views for images, sources and object inventory

v0.2 – 2009-12-30:

  • [NEW] Documentation, general index and module index work
  • [NEW] Basic documentation written

v0.1 – 2009-12-19:

  • [NEW] Initial release


The primary author of django-sphinxdoc is Stefan Scherfke, who may be found online at


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