This article shows what dependencies are required by different features.
Install Python for Most Features
reStructuredText is a technology created by Python community, so most of the toolchain is built upon Python. It is very important to install Python in advance.
- Download python version 3.4 or above (2.x might work, but no guarantee).
- If you are installing on Windows, ensure both the Python install directory
and the Python scripts directory have been added to your
PATHenvironment variable. For example, if you install Python into the
c:\python34directory, you can add
It is recommended that you install the Python extension by Microsoft. It really makes configuring Python environment easier for users.
Latest steps on how to install Python and Sphinx, please refer to this article.
Python virtualenv is supported, but its setup is complex and not documented here yet.
Install DocUtils or Sphinx for Live Preview
Live preview requires either DocUtils or Sphinx to be installed in advance, as
rendering engine to generate the HTML page for preview. The selection of
rendering engine and Sphinx
conf.py files can be made by clicking the
status button. Please refer to :doc:`/articles/configuration` for details.
#. Install DocUtls by opening a command prompt and running the following Python command,
pip install docutils
If you prefer Sphinx based preview, then this step is optional.
#. Install Sphinx by opening a command prompt and running the following Python command,
pip install sphinx sphinx-autobuild
This operation might take a few minutes to complete.
If you prefer DocUtils based preview, then this step is optional.
Some Sphinx themes require their own Python packages to be installed. You should check the documentation of the themes you use so as to know which packages to install, or the preview error page contains the actual package name which is missing.
Install Doc8 for Linter
Linting support requires the doc8 engine.
doc8to enable linter support.
pip install doc8
If you prefer not to use linter, then this step is optional.