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A set of tools and templates to customize Sphinx for use in STScI projects

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Michael Droettboom, 2011


This project contains extensions to Sphinx to build documentation from STScI.


  • Sphinx 0.6.3 or later, and its dependencies

  • numpydoc - provides support for Numpy-style docstring syntax

    • The version shipped with Numpy 1.4.0 or later is required

  • matplotlib - provides matplotlib extensions for inline plotting

These requirements are not listed in the installation requirements in the metadata simply because numpy and matplotlib in particular are large and not easy to deal with, so trying to install a Sphinx theme should not have the side-effect of trying to install these prerequisites as well.


These instructions only cover changes from the standard Sphinx instructions.

Create a new tree for your Sphinx documentation, using sphinx_quickstart, as described in the Sphinx introduction.

Import the stsci_sphinx customizations into your project’s by inserting the following line at the top:

from stsci.sphinxext.conf import *

The “extensions” line in your should also be modified so it doesn’t override the extensions defined by stsci.sphinxext. For example, change:

extensions = ['sphinx.ext.autodoc']


extensions += ['sphinx.ext.autodoc']

Also, comment out the ‘html_theme’ line, so your project will use the stsci.sphinxext one.

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