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includes jinja templates in a documentation

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A sphinx extension to include jinja based templates based documentation into a sphinx doc


In your rst doc, you can use the following snippet to use a jinja template to generate your doc

.. jinja:: first_ctx

    {% for k, v in topics.items() %}

    {% endfor %}

In your sphinx file, you can create or load the contexts needed for your jinja templates

extensions = ['sphinx_jinja']

jinja_contexts = {
    'first_ctx': {'topics': {'a': 'b', 'c': 'd'}}

You can also customize the jinja Environment by passing custom kwargs, adding filters, tests, and globals, and setting policies:

jinja_env_kwargs = {
    'lstrip_blocks': True,

jinja_filters = {
    'bold': lambda value: f'**{value}**',

jinja_tests = {
    'instanceof': lambda value, type: isinstance(value, type),

jinja_globals = {
    'list': list,

jinja_policies = {
    'compiler.ascii_str': False,

Which can then be used in the templates:


{% for o in objects -%}
    {%- if o is instanceof list -%}
        {%- for x in o -%}
            - {{ x|bold }}
        {% endfor -%}
    {%- endif -%}
{%- endfor %}

Available options

  • file: allow to specify a path to Jinja instead of writing it into the content of the directive. Path is relative to the current directory of sphinx-build tool, typically the directory where the file is located.

  • header_char: character to use for the the headers. You can use it in your template to set your own title character:

    For example:

    {{ options.header_char * 5 }}
  • header_update_levels: If set, a header in the template will appear as the same level as a header of the same style in the source document, equivalent to when you use the include directive. If not set, headers from the template will be in levels below whatever level is active in the source document.

  • debug: print debugging information during sphinx-build. This allows you to see the generated rst before sphinx builds it into another format.

Example of declaration in your RST file:

.. jinja:: approval_checks_api
   :file: relative/path/to/template.jinja
   :header_char: -

Each element of the jinja_contexts dictionary is a context dict for use in your jinja templates.

Running tests

  • pip install tox

  • tox

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