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Sphinx extension for thumbnails

Project description

sphinxcontrib-images (formerly sphinxcontrib-fancybox).

Easy thumbnails in Sphinx documentation (focused on HTML).


  • Show thumbnails instead of full size images inside documentation (HTML).

  • Ability to zoom/enlarge picture using LightBox2 (HTML).

  • Ability to group pictures

  • Download remote pictures and keep it in cache (if requested)

  • Support for other formats (latex, epub, … - fallback to image directive)

  • Easy to extend (add own backend in only few lines of code)

    • Add other HTML “preview” solution than LightBox2

    • Add better support to non-HTML outputs

    • Preprocess images


  • Make proper thumbnails (scale down images)

How to install?

Instalation through pip:

pip install sphinxcontrib-images

or through the GitHub:

pip install git+

Next, you have to add extension to in your Sphinx project.

extensions = [

How to use it?


.. thumbnail:: picture.png

You can also override the default image directive provided by Sphinx. Check the documentation for all configuration options.

Questions and suggestions

If you have any suggstions, patches, problems - please use GitHub Issues.

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