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Sphinx Foundation Theme

This is a Sphinx theme based on the Foundation 4_ css framework. It was created as a by-product of the Authomatic authentication / authorization library.


  • Responsive design
  • Support for SVG in <img/> tags with fallback to PNG
  • Google Analytics support
  • Fork Me On Github support
  • pip installable
  • SEO rudiments
    • SEO meta tags
    • Open Graph meta tags
    • Facebbok, Twitter and Google+ social buttons
    • Authorship Google Rich Snippet


Istall with pip.

$ pip install foundation-sphinx-theme

Set the html_theme variable to 'foundation'.

import foundation_sphinx_theme

# The theme to use for HTML and HTML Help pages.  See the documentation for
# a list of builtin themes.
html_theme = 'foundation_sphinx_theme'

# Add any paths that contain custom themes here, relative to this directory.
html_theme_path = foundation_sphinx_theme.HTML_THEME_PATH

You also need to add the foundation extension in the The extension just injects some foundation Foundation 4_ css classes needed for creation of the top bar navigation.


sys.path[0:0] = [os.path.abspath('_themes/foundation-sphinx-theme')]
extensions = ['sphinx.ext.autodoc', 'foundation_sphinx_theme']


There are two ready made styles.

If you want to customize them or make your own, extend the sass sources in foundation/static/foundation/sass.

Page Specific SEO Description

Use the ..seo-description:: directive if you want to have different SEO description than the one specified in html_theme_options for a specific document/page. The directive can appear anywhere in the document. If you specify more than one, the content of the last one will be used.

.. seo-description::

    Content of this directive overrides the seo_description
    in the html_theme_options only for this page.

Title of Your Document

.. seo-description::

   Value of the last seo-description directive will be used.


There are these theme options available:


html_theme_options = {
    'motto': 'Long description which appears next to logo.',

    # Your stylesheet relative to the _static dir.
    # Default is 'foundation/css/basic.css'
    'stylesheet': '/path/to/your/stylesheet.css',

    # Logo image in SVG format. If the browser doesn't support SVG
    # It will try to load JPG with the same name.
    'logo_screen': '',

    # Logo for small screens. If ommited, logo_screen will be used.
    'logo_mobile': '',

    # Path to your favicon.ico file relative to the _static dir.
    'favicon': '',

    # Use this if the top-level items of the toctree don't fit in the top-bar navigation.
    # If True, the whole toctree will be placed inside a single top-level item.
    'top_bar_force_fit': True,

    # The title of the aformentioned top-level item. Default is "Sections"
    'top_bar_content_title': 'Sections',

    # If set, Google Analytics code will be appended to body of each page.
    'google_analytics_id': 'your-google-analytics-id',

    # The "og:title", "og:type", "og:url", "og:site_name" and "og:description" Open Graph tags
    # will be generated automatically, but you should specify the
    # path to the image that you want to be used
    # in the required "og:image" property relative to the _static dir.
    'opengraph_image': 'path/to/your/opengraph-image.jpg',

    # Any custom additional OG tags
    'opengraph_tags': {
        'foo': 'bar', # will be rendered as <meta property="og:foo" content="bar" />

    # The "description" meta tag will be created automatically, but
    # you can specify additional meta tags here.
    'meta_tags': {
        'foo': 'bar', # will be rendered as <meta name="foo" content="bar">

    # The value for "description" and "og:description" metatags.
    # If omitted, the value of "motto" will be used.
    'seo_description': 'This is an example of the Foundation Sphinx Theme output.',

    # Use this as the base for Open Graph URLs without trailing slash.
    'base_url': '',

    # If true a bar with Facebook, Google+ and Twitter social buttons will be displayed
    # underneath the header.
    'social_buttons': True,

    # ID of your Facebook app associated with the Facebook Like button.
    'facebook_app_id': '123456789',

    # A Twitter ID used for the via mention of the Twitter button.
    'twitter_id': 'FoundationSphinx',

    # Flattr button settings.
    'flattr_id': 'andypipkin', # Your Flattr ID
    'flattr_title': '', # If missing docstitle or title will be used.
    'flattr_description': '', # If missing seo_description or motto will be used.
    'flattr_tags': '', # Optional.

    # If "author" and "copyright_year" are set they will override the "copyright" setting.

    # Author's name.
    'author': 'Peter Hudec',

    # Author's link.
    'author_link': '',

    # Year to be used in the copyright statement.
    'copyright_year': '2013',

    # Author's Google+ id. If set a G+ authorship link will be added.
    'google_plus_id': '117034840853387702598',

    # Fork me on GitHub ribbon will be displayed if "github_user", "github_repo" and "github_ribbon_image" are set:
    # Ribbons are hidden on small screens!

    # Your GitHub ID.
    'github_user': 'foundation-sphinx-theme',

    # The repository slug.
    'github_repo': 'foundation-sphinx-theme',

    # Path to the ribbon image relative to the "_static" directory.
    'github_ribbon_image': 'my-github-ribbon.png',

    # Position of the ribbon "left" or "right".
    'github_ribbon_position': 'right',


Sphinx theme based on the Foundation 4 css framework.







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