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Sphinx extension to include screenshot of programs

Project description

This Sphinx 1.0 extension executes programs during the build step and includes their screenshot into the documentation. GUI version of the sphinxcontrib.programoutput extension.



Basic usage

.. program-screenshot:: xmessage hello

How it works

  1. start Xvfb headless X server using pyvirtualdisplay
  2. redirect program display to Xvfb server by setting $DISPLAY variable.
  3. wait some seconds
  4. take screenshot by pyscreenshot which needs scrot.
  5. use .. image:: directive to display image



  • install Xvfb and Xephyr

  • install PIL

  • install scrot

  • install pip

  • install the program:

    # as root
    pip install sphinxcontrib-programscreenshot


sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo apt-get install scrot
sudo apt-get install xvfb
sudo apt-get install xserver-xephyr
sudo apt-get install python-imaging
sudo pip install sphinxcontrib-programscreenshot


# as root
pip uninstall sphinxcontrib-programscreenshot

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