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Features - Installation - Quick usage



  • Language-agnostic: just like MkDocs, mkdocstrings is written in Python but is language-agnostic. It means you can use it with any programming language, as long as there is a handler for it. We currently have handlers for the Crystal, Python, and VBA languages, as well as for shell scripts/libraries. Maybe you'd like to add another one to the list? 😉

  • Multiple themes support: each handler can offer multiple themes. Currently, we offer the :star: Material theme ⭐ as well as basic support for the ReadTheDocs and MkDocs themes for the Python handler.

  • Cross-references across pages: mkdocstrings makes it possible to reference headings in other Markdown files with the classic Markdown linking syntax: [identifier][] or [title][identifier] -- and you don't need to remember which exact page this object was on. This works for any heading that's produced by a mkdocstrings language handler, and you can opt to include any Markdown heading into the global referencing scheme.

    Note: in versions prior to 0.15 all Markdown headers were included, but now you need to opt in.

  • Cross-references across sites: similarly to Sphinx's intersphinx extension, mkdocstrings can reference API items from other libraries, given they provide an inventory and you load that inventory in your MkDocs configuration.

  • Inline injection in Markdown: instead of generating Markdown files, mkdocstrings allows you to inject documentation anywhere in your Markdown contents. The syntax is simple: ::: identifier followed by a 4-spaces indented YAML block. The identifier and YAML configuration will be passed to the appropriate handler to collect and render documentation.

  • Global and local configuration: each handler can be configured globally in mkdocs.yml, and locally for each "autodoc" instruction.

  • Reasonable defaults: you should be able to just drop the plugin in your configuration and enjoy your auto-generated docs.

Used by

mkdocstrings is used by well-known companies, projects and scientific teams: Ansible, Apache, Google, Jitsi, Microsoft, Prefect, Pydantic, and more...


With pip:

pip install mkdocstrings

You can install support for specific languages using extras, for example:

pip install 'mkdocstrings[crystal,python]'

See the available language handlers.

With conda:

conda install -c conda-forge mkdocstrings

Quick usage

In mkdocs.yml:

site_name: "My Library"

  name: "material"

- search
- mkdocstrings

In one of your markdown files:

# Reference

::: my_library.my_module.my_class

See the Usage section of the docs for more examples!