Sphinx + Python on Github Pages / Jekyll

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Sphinx works great with Github Pages, but it requires a little one-time setup as described below. When done, if you have a custom Github Pages domain, the page will have a URL like https://www.scivision.co/pymap3d. For a complete example, see my PyMap3D webpage and repo.

  1. Install Sphinx
    pip install sphinx
  2. Use Sphinx Quickstart

    autodoc: automatically insert docstrings from modules (y/n) [n]: y mathjax: include math, rendered in the browser by MathJax (y/n) [n]: y viewcode: include links to the source code of documented Python objects (y/n) [n]: y githubpages: create .nojekyll file to publish the document on GitHub pages (y/n) [n]: y

  3. add to .gitignore
  4. edit docs/Makefile to include
    SOURCEDIR     = .
    BUILDDIR      = .
  5. create empty docs/.nojekyll or else Jekyll will reject all directories starting with _, breaking the Sphinx docs.
  6. edit docs/index.rst to have entries like
    .. automodule:: pymap3d
    .. automodule:: pymap3d.vincenty
  7. create docs/index.html containing only
    <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; url=html/index.html" />
  8. add the docs directory to Git
    git add docs/
  9. In your Github repo Settings → Github Pages → Source: “master branch /docs folder”
  10. git commit and push. It takes a few seconds for Github Pages to deploy your HTML.




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