Read the Docs Sphinx Theme
This is a prototype mobile-friendly sphinx theme I made for readthedocs.org. It's currently in development and includes some rtd variable checks that can be ignored if you're just trying to use it on your project outside of that site.
Download the package or add it to your
$ pip install sphinx_rtd_theme
import sphinx_rtd_theme html_theme = "sphinx_rtd_theme" html_theme_path = [sphinx_rtd_theme.get_html_theme_path()]
Via git or download
Symlink or subtree the
sphinx_rtd_theme/sphinx_rtd_theme repository into your documentation at
docs/_themes/sphinx_rtd_theme then add the following two settings to your Sphinx
html_theme = "sphinx_rtd_theme" html_theme_path = ["_themes", ]
How the Table of Contents builds
Currently the left menu will build based upon any
toctree(s) defined in your index.rst file.
It outputs 2 levels of depth, which should give your visitors a high level of access to your
docs. If no toctrees are set the theme reverts to sphinx's usual local toctree.
It's important to note that if you don't follow the same styling for your rST headers across your documents, the toctree will misbuild, and the resulting menu might not show the correct depth when it renders.
Contributing or modifying the theme
The sphinx_rtd_theme is primarily a sass project that requires a few other sass libraries. I'm using bower to manage these dependencies and compass to build the css. The good news is I have a very nice set of grunt operations that will not only load these dependecies, but watch for changes, rebuild the sphinx demo docs and build a distributable version of the theme. The bad news is this means you'll need to set up your environment similar to that of a front-end developer (vs. that of a python developer). That means installing node and ruby.
Set up your environment
- Install sphinx into a virtual environment.
pip install sphinx
- Install sass and compass
gem install sass compass
- Install node, bower and grunt.
// Install node brew install node // Install bower and grunt npm install -g bower grunt-cli // Now that everything is installed, let's install the theme dependecies. npm install
Now that our environment is set up, make sure you're in your virtual environment, go to this repository in your terminal and run grunt:
This default task will do the following very cool things that make it worth the trouble.
- It'll install and update any bower dependencies.
- It'll run sphinx and build new docs.
- It'll watch for changes to the sass files and build css from the changes.
- It'll rebuild the sphinx docs anytime it notices a change to .rst, .html, .js or .css files.
Before you send a Pull Request
When you're done with your edits, you can run
grunt build to clean out the old
files and rebuild a new distribution, compressing the css and cleaning out
extraneous files. Please do this before you send in a PR.
- Build real demo docs with lots of rst examples
- Update to font-awesome 4.0 and have it build from bower, not the copy/paste hack I have now.
- Separate some sass variables at the theme level so you can overwrite some basic colors.
- Add the ability to set a logo.