Script to prepare Sphinx html output for github pages.
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Sphinx to GitHub


This project is designed to help you get around the github-pages Jekyll behaviour of ignoring top level directories starting with an underscore.

This is solved in a much neater way by creating a .nojekyll in the root of you github-pages which will disable Jekyll as described here and here.

This makes this project largely useless! Thank you to acdha for making me aware of this.


A Python script for preparing the html output of the Sphinx documentation system for github pages.

It renames any top level folders which start with an underscore and edits any references to them within the html files.


GitHub processes the incoming html with Jekyll which believes top level folders starting with an underscore are special and does not let their content be accessible to the server. This is incompatible with Sphinx which uses underscores at the start of folder names for static content.


The script can be run on the command line or used as a Sphinx extension.


Place the script on the PYTHONPATH and add sphinxtogithub to the extensions list in the file in your Sphinx project:

extensions = [ "sphinxtogithub" ]

Additionally there are two config variables you can use to control the extension. The first enables/disables the extension and the second enables verbose output. They are True by default:

sphinx_to_github = True
sphinx_to_github_verbose = True

Command Line

Run the script with the path to the html output directory as the first argument. There is a --verbose flag for basic output.

Further Information

Install from GitHub

It should be possible to install this tool directly from github using pip:

pip install -e git+git://

Thanks to winhamwr's work.


The script uses /usr/bin/env and python.

Running Tests

Unit tests can be run using the setuptools test target. eg:

$ python test


dinoboff's project github-tools provides similar functionality combined with a much more comprehensive set of tools for helping you to manage Python based projects on github.


Thank you to:

For their contributions, which are beginning to outweigh mine, to Georg Brandl for Sphinx and the github crew for the pages functionality.