These guides will take you through the steps to perform common actions or solve common problems in AutoAPI. They will assume that you already have a Sphinx project with AutoAPI set up already. If you don’t know how to do this then read the Tutorials.
How to Customise What Gets Documented#
With the default settings, AutoAPI will document everything that is publicly accessible through the actual package when loaded in Python. For example if a function is imported from a submodule into a package then that function is documented in both the submodule and the package.
However there are multiple options available for controlling what AutoAPI will document.
Connect to the
autoapi-skip-member event is emitted whenever
a template has to decide whether a member should be included in the documentation.
For example, to document only packages – in other words, to not document submodules – you could implement an event handler in your conf.py like the following.
def skip_submodules(app, what, name, obj, skip, options): if what == "module": skip = True return skip def setup(sphinx): sphinx.connect("autoapi-skip-member", skip_submodules)
AutoAPI treats the definition of __all__ as the specification of what objects are public in a module or package, and which aren’t.
In the following example, only
A would be documented.
# mypackage/__init__.py from . import B __all__ = ("A", "func_a") class A: ... def func_a(): ... def func_b(): ...
autoapi_options configuration value gives some high level control
over what is documented.
For example you can hide members that don’t have a docstring,
document private members, and hide magic methods.
autoapi_options for more information on how to use this option.
Customise the API Documentation Templates#
Finally, you can configure what gets rendered by customising the templates. This is a rather heavy handed approach, so it should only be necessary when the other options do not give you the control the you need. You can learn how to customise the templates in the next section; How to Customise Layout Through Templates.
How to Customise Layout Through Templates#
You can customise the look of the documentation that AutoAPI generates
by changing the Jinja2 templates that it uses.
The default templates live in the
autoapi/templates directory of the AutoAPI package.
Simply copy whichever templates you want to customise to a local directory
and edit them.
To get AutoAPI to use these templates,
autoapi_template_dir configuration option to your directory.
It can be absolute, or relative to the root of the documentation source directory
(ie the directory passed to
autoapi_template_dir = '_autoapi_templates'
Your template directory must to follow the same layout as the default templates. For example, to override the Python class and module templates:
_autoapi_templates └── python ├── class.rst └── module.rst
How to Customise the Index Page#
The index page that AutoAPI creates is generated using a template.
So customising the index page follows the same steps as customising a template.
Simply edit the
with the same steps as customising a template.
How to Remove the Index Page#
To remove the index page altogether,
turn off the
autoapi_add_toctree_entry configuration option:
autoapi_add_toctree_entry = False
You will then need to include the generated documentation in the toctree yourself. For example if you were generating documentation for a package called “example”, you would add the following toctree entry:
.. toctree:: autoapi/example/index
How to Configure Where Documentation Appears in the TOC Tree#
autoapi_root configuration option defines where generated documentation is output.
To change where documentation is output,
simply change this option to another directory relative to the documentation source directory:
autoapi_root = 'technical/api'
How to Transition to Autodoc-Style Documentation#
Once you have written some documentation with the Autodoc-Style Directives,
turning the automatic documentation generation off is as easy as
autoapi_generate_api_docs configuration option:
autoapi_generate_api_docs = False
How to Transition to Manual Documentation#
To start writing API documentation yourself,
you can get AutoAPI to keep its generated files around as a base to start from
autoapi_keep_files = True
Once you have built your documentation with this option turned on, you can disable AutoAPI altogether from your project.
How to Include Type Annotations as Types in Rendered Docstrings#
This feature is experimental and may change or be removed in future versions.
sphinx has included an
extension that is capable of rendering type annotations as
parameter types and return types.
For example the following function:
def _func(a: int, b: Optional[str]) -> bool """My function. :param a: The first arg. :param b: The second arg. :returns: Something. """
would be rendered as:
- _func(a, b)
AutoAPI is capable of the same thing.
To enable this behaviour, load the
sphinx.ext.autodoc) extension in Sphinx’s
description as normal:
extensions = ['sphinx.ext.autodoc', 'autoapi.extension'] autodoc_typehints = 'description'
autodoc_typehints is set to
the type annotations of overloads will always be output in the signature
and never merged into the description
because it is impossible to represent all overloads as a list of parameters.