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Material Sphinx Theme

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A Material Design theme for Sphinx documentation. Based on Material for MkDocs, and Guzzle Sphinx Theme.

See the theme's demonstration site for examples of rendered rst.


Install via pip:

$ pip install sphinx-material

or if you have the code checked out locally:

$ python install


Add the following to your

html_theme = 'sphinx_material'

There are a lot more ways to customize this theme, as this more comprehensive example shows:

# Required theme setup
html_theme = 'sphinx_material'

# Set link name generated in the top bar.
html_title = 'Project Title'

# Material theme options (see theme.conf for more information)
html_theme_options = {

    # Set the name of the project to appear in the navigation.
    'nav_title': 'Project Name',

    # Set you GA account ID to enable tracking
    'google_analytics_account': 'UA-XXXXX',

    # Specify a base_url used to generate sitemap.xml. If not
    # specified, then no sitemap will be built.
    'base_url': '',

    # Set the color and the accent color
    'color_primary': 'blue',
    'color_accent': 'light-blue',

    # Set the repo location to get a badge with stats
    'repo_url': '',
    'repo_name': 'Project',

    # Visible levels of the global TOC; -1 means unlimited
    'globaltoc_depth': 3,
    # If False, expand all TOC entries
    'globaltoc_collapse': False,
    # If True, show hidden TOC entries
    'globaltoc_includehidden': False,

Customizing the layout

You can customize the theme by overriding Jinja template blocks. For example, 'layout.html' contains several blocks that can be overridden or extended.

Place a 'layout.html' file in your project's '/_templates' directory.

mkdir source/_templates
touch source/_templates/layout.html

Then, configure your '':

templates_path = ['_templates']

Finally, edit your override file 'source/_templates/layout.html':

{# Import the theme's layout. #}
{% extends '!layout.html' %}

{%- block extrahead %}
{# Add custom things to the head HTML tag #}
{# Call the parent block #}
{{ super() }}
{%- endblock %}