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A Sphinx extension for linking to your project's issue tracker

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A Sphinx extension for linking to your project’s issue tracker. Includes roles for linking to issues, pull requests, user profiles, with built-in support for GitHub (though this works with other services).


For an example usage, check out marshmallow’s changelog, which makes use of the roles in this library.

Installation and Configuration

pip install sphinx-issues

Add sphinx_issues to extensions in your

The extension has default values for GitHub projects. Simply set the add the issues_default_group_project config variable and you are good to go:

# docs/

# ...
extensions = [
    # ...

# Path to GitHub repo {group}/{project}  (note that `group` is the GitHub user or organization)
issues_github_path = "sloria/marshmallow"

# which is the equivalent to:
issues_uri = "{group}/{project}/issues/{issue}"
issues_prefix = "#"
issues_pr_uri = "{group}/{project}/pull/{pr}"
issues_pr_prefix = "#"
issues_commit_uri = "{group}/{project}/commit/{commit}"
issues_commit_prefix = "@"
issues_user_uri = "{user}"
issues_user_prefix = "@"

The extension is very configurable and can be used with any kind of issue tracker. Here is how you could configure it for use with a custom hosed GitLab instance:

# docs/

# ...
extensions = [
    # ...

#  Default repo {group}/{project} of gitlab project
issues_default_group_project = "myteam/super_great_project"
issues_uri = "{group}/{project}/-/issues/{issue}"
issues_prefix = "#"
issues_pr_uri = "{group}/{project}/-/merge_requests/{pr}"
issues_pr_prefix = "!"
issues_commit_uri = "{group}/{project}/-/commit/{commit}"
issues_commit_prefix = "@"
issues_user_uri = "{user}"
issues_user_prefix = "@"

Usage inside the documentation

Use the :issue: and :pr: roles in your docs like so:

See issue :issue:`42`

See issues :issue:`12,13`

See :issue:`sloria/konch#45`.

See PR :pr:`58`

Use the :user: role in your docs to link to user profiles (GitHub by default, but can be configured via the issues_user_uri config variable).

Use the :commit: role to link to commits.

Fixed in :commit:`6bb9124d5e9dbb2f7b52864c3d8af7feb1b69403`.

Use the :cve: role to link to CVEs on

:cve:`CVE-2018-17175` - Addresses possible vulnerability when...
Thanks to :user:`bitprophet` for the idea!

You can also use explicit names if you want to use a different name than the github user name:

This change is due to :user:`Andreas Mueller <amueller>`.

The syntax :role:`My custom title <target>` works for all roles of this extension.

It can be also used in combination with a list:

Fix bad bug :issue:`123, (Duplicate) <199>`

Use the :cwe: role to link to CWEs on

:cwe:`CWE-787` - The software writes data past the end, or...


Credit goes to Jeff Forcier for his work on the releases extension, which is a full-featured solution for generating changelogs. I just needed a quick way to reference GitHub issues in my docs, so I yoinked the bits that I needed.


MIT licensed. See the bundled LICENSE file for more details.


3.0.1 (2022-01-11)

  • Fix regression from 3.0.0: exception: ‘in <string>’ requires string as left operand, not type.

3.0.0 (2022-01-10)

  • The :commit: role now outputs with an @ prefix.

  • Add configuration options for changing prefixes.

  • Allow {group} to be specified within issues_uri, issues_pr_uri, issues_commit_uri, and

2.0.0 (2022-01-01)

  • Drop support for Python 2.7 and 3.5.

  • Test against Python 3.8 to 3.10.

  • Add :cwe: role for linking to CVEs on Thanks @hugovk for the PR.

  • Add support for custom urls and separators Issue #93

  • Allow custom titles for all roles Issue #116

  • Added setting issues_default_group_project as future replacement of issues_github_path, to reflect the now to universal nature of the extension

1.2.0 (2018-12-26)

  • Add :commit: role for linking to commits.

  • Add support for linking to external repos.

  • Test against Python 3.7.

1.1.0 (2018-09-18)

1.0.0 (2018-07-14)

  • Add :pr: role. Thanks @jnotham for the suggestion.

  • Drop support for Python 3.4.

0.4.0 (2017-11-25)

  • Raise ValueError if neither issues_uri nor issues_github_path is set. Thanks @jnothman for the PR.

  • Drop support for Python 2.6 and 3.3.

0.3.1 (2017-01-16)

  • setup returns metadata, preventing warnings about parallel reads and writes. Thanks @jfinkels for reporting.

0.3.0 (2016-10-20)

  • Support anchor text for :user: role. Thanks @jnothman for the suggestion and thanks @amueller for the PR.

0.2.0 (2014-12-22)

  • Add :user: role for linking to GitHub user profiles.

0.1.0 (2014-12-21)

  • Initial release.

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