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Build infrastructure for Read the Docs

Project Description

This module is the main building interface to Read the Docs. It has no explicit dependency on RTD code itself, and can be used outside of RTD to test your builds.


This code is still under active development and isn’t considered stable. Please report bugs you find and contribute back if you are so inclined.


Install with pip:

pip install readthedocs-build


Running a build is simple:


This will search for all readthedocs.yml (or .readthedocs.yml) files below your current directory and will build your documentation.

You can set a specific a directory where the built documentation should be stored:

rtd-build --outdir=out_dir

The documentation will then be placed in out_dir/<name>/html/. Where <name> is the name configured in your readthedocs.yml. The default for --outdir is _readthedocs_build.

Run rtd-build –help for more information.

The Build

Here is a list of steps that rtd-build performs to built your documentation. All these steps are performed for each individual section in your readthedocs.yml configs.

  • it creates a new virtual environment with virtualenv
  • it installs the builder’s dependencies into the virtualenv, for example Sphinx
  • it runs the build command (e.g. sphinx-build) on your documentation and puts the output into the directory specified with --outdir.
  • it removes the virtualenv

Library Use

An example use of this library is:

import os
from import build

    'output_base': os.path.abspath('outdir'),
    'name': 'docs',
    'type': 'sphinx',
    'base': os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__)),


Just run:

pip install -e .

This will install the project into your environment, and have it pick up changes as you edit them in the code.

To run the tests:


Build Process

Read the Docs creates a full environment for your build. In your local environment, you can choose what portions of this environment to re-create. You can either use your existing environment with our builder code installed, or allow our builder to create a fully isolated environment for itself. A fully isolated environment is much closer to our production build environment for testing purposes.

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