Our documentation uses reStructured Text, Markdown, and Jupyter notebooks.
We use Sphinx extensively to build documentation.
We use Transifex to help translate documentation to multiple languages.
We host our documentation on Read the Docs.
Jupyter’s documentation is split across several projects, listed on the Jupyter documentation home page. These instructions apply to all Jupyter projects, though some projects have further contribution guidelines.
Fork the appropriate project repository on GitHub, depending on which project’s documentation you want to contribute to.
Clone the repository to your system.
Source files for projects are typically found in the project’s
directory. The reStructured text filenames end with
.rst, and Jupyter
notebook files end with
In your favorite text editor, make desired changes to the
.rstfile when working with a reStructured text source file.
If a notebook file requires editing, you will need to install Jupyter notebook according to the Installation document. Then, run the Jupyter notebook and edit the desired file. Before saving the Jupyter
.ipynbfile, please clear the output cells. Save the file and test your change.
Sphinx should be installed to test your documentation changes. For best results,
we recommend that you install the stable development version Sphinx
pip install git+https://github.com/sphinx-doc/sphinx@stable) or the
current released version of Sphinx (
pip install sphinx).
In addition, you may need the following packages: sphinxcontrib-spelling, sphinx_rtd_theme, nbsphinx, pyenchant, recommonmark 0.4.0 and jupyter_sphinx_theme, which can be installed via
pip install sphinxcontrib-spelling sphinx_rtd_theme nbsphinx pyenchant recommonmark==0.4.0 jupyter_sphinx_theme.
If you are on Linux, you may also need to install the Enchant C library by running
sudo apt-get install enchant.
Once everything is installed, the following commands should be executed using the Terminal/command line from
make htmlbuilds a local html version of the documentation. The output message will either display errors or provide the location of the html documents. For example, the location provided may be
build/htmland to view these documents in your browser enter
make linkcheckwill check whether the external links in the documentation are valid or if they are not longer current (i.e. cause a 500 not found error).
Note: We recommend using Python 3.4+ for building the documentation. If you are editing the documentation, you can use Python 2.7.9+ or the Github editor.
Once you are satisfied with your changes, submit a GitHub pull request, per the instructions above. If the documentation change is related to an open GitHub issue, please mention the issue number in the pull request message.
A project reviewer will look over your changes and provide feedback or merge your changes into the documentation.