sphinx-apidoc man page

sphinx-apidoc — Sphinx API doc generator tool


sphinx-apidoc [options] -o <outputdir> <sourcedir> [pathnames ...]


sphinx-apidoc is a tool for automatic generation of Sphinx sources that, using the autodoc extension, document a whole package in the style of other automatic API documentation tools.

sourcedir must point to a Python package. Any pathnames given are paths to be excluded from the generation.


sphinx-apidoc generates source files that use sphinx.ext.autodoc to document all found modules. If any modules have side effects on import, these will be executed by autodoc when sphinx-build is run.

If you document scripts (as opposed to library modules), make sure their main routine is protected by a if __name__ == '__main__' condition.


-o <outputdir>
Directory to place the output files. If it does not exist, it is created.
-f, --force
Usually, apidoc does not overwrite files, unless this option is given.
-l, --follow-links
Follow symbolic links.
-n, --dry-run
If given, apidoc does not create any files.
-s <suffix>
Suffix for the source files generated, default is rst.
-d <maxdepth>
Maximum depth for the generated table of contents file.
-T, --no-toc
Do not create a table of contents file.
-F, --full
If given, a full Sphinx project is generated (conf.py, Makefile etc.) using sphinx-quickstart.
-e, --separate
Put each module file in its own page.
-E, --no-headings
Don't create headings for the modules/packages
-P, --private
Include "_private" modules

These options are used with -F:

Append module_path to sys.path.
-H <project>
Project name to put into the configuration.
-A <author>
Author name(s) to put into the configuration.
-V <version>
Project version.
-R <release>
Project release.

See Also



Etienne Desautels, <etienne.desautels@gmail.com>, Georg Brandl <georg@python.org> et al.

Referenced By

sphinx-apidoc-2.7(1) and sphinx-apidoc-3.5(1) are aliases of sphinx-apidoc(1).

Dec 31, 2016 1.5.1 Sphinx