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Building OSGeoLive Documentation

The following steps describe how to build OSGeoLive documentation on an Ubuntu based operating system (such as Lubuntu). - automated publication of latest docs from GitHub. You can see the [build script here](.travis.yml).

About OSGeoLive

OSGeoLive is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine based on Lubuntu, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around.

reStructured Text

The majority of OSGeoLive documentation is generated from reStructured text (reSt) sources using Sphinx. reSt is similar to wiki markup, and readable in plain ASCII. As a quick check, GitHub will (partially) render reSt documents as HTML.

Build steps

Following the steps below on the OSGeoLive Virtual Machine itself is one of the easiest ways to build the OSGeoLive documentation.

First install Python and create a virtual environment.

1.0 Requirements You might need to install git and cmake if they are not on your system yet.

# Install git and cmake
sudo apt-get install git cmake

1.1 For Python 3

# Install pip
sudo apt-get install python3-pip
sudo apt-get install python3-venv

# Prepare python environment
python3 -m venv py-env

# activate the environment
source py-env/bin/activate

# Python requirements
pip install -r requirements.txt

1.2 Requirements for the presentation

sudo apt-get install cpanminus sudo cpanm Text::SimpleTable::AutoWidth

2.1 For Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) To build onto Focal Fossa, you will need specific packages:

# Packages required for doc building on Ubuntu 20.04
sudo apt install debhelper python3-sphinx python3-stemmer python3-pil \
pngquant cmake libtext-simpletable-autowidth-perl \

3. Clone or download OSGeoLive source documentation

git clone

4. Generate the English documentation

cd OSGeoLive-doc
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DHTML=ON ..
cd ..

The output is in build/doc/_build/html/

5. Generate another language documentation

cd build
cmake -DHTML=ON -DFR=ON ..
cd ..

Adding -DFR=ON adds the French language, adding another -DES=ON adds Spanish, and so on. The output is also in build/doc/_build/html/

6. To build all available languages

cd build
cd ..

7. Optional: reduce the size of the generated documentation

bash scripts/


Information about how to document the projects on OSGeoLive can be found on the OSGeoLive wiki: