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Sphinx-Immaterial Theme

MIT License PyPI Package CI status

This theme is an adaptation of the popular mkdocs-material theme for the Sphinx documentation tool.

This theme is regularly maintained to stay up to date with the upstream mkdocs-material repository. The HTML templates, JavaScript, and styles from the mkdocs-material theme are incoroprated directly with mostly minor modifications.

This theme is a fork of the sphinx-material theme, which proved the concept of a Sphinx theme based on an earlier version of the mkdocs-material theme, but has now significantly diverged from the upstream mkdocs-material repository.

See this theme's own documentation for a demonstration.

WARNING: This theme is still in beta. While it is already very usable, breaking changes will still be made prior to the 1.0 release.


Install via pip:

$ pip install sphinx-immaterial

or if you have the code checked out locally:

$ pip install -e .


In your add sphinx_immaterial as an extension:

extensions = [

and add the following:

html_theme = 'sphinx_immaterial'

to set the theme.

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 %}

Differences from mkdocs-material

This theme closely follows the upstream mkdocs-material repository, but there are a few differences, primarily due to differences between Sphinx and MkDocs:

  • This theme adds styles for Sphinx object descriptions, commonly used for API documentation (e.g. class and function documentation). This is a core element of Sphinx for which there is no corresponding feature in MkDocs.
  • mkdocs-material uses lunr.js for searching, and has custom UI components for displaying search results in a drop-down menu as you type the search query. This theme uses a separate search implementation based on the custom index format used by Sphinx, which fully integrates with the search UI provided by mkdocs-material.