Configuration Options



Paths (relative or absolute) to the source code that you wish to generate your API documentation from. The paths are searched recursively for files matching autoapi_file_patterns. Relative paths should be relative to the root of the documentation directory (ie the directory with the file).

For Python, if a package directory is specified, the package directory itself will be included in the relative path of the children. If an ordinary directory is specified, that directory will not be included in the relative path.


Default: python

Set the type of files you are documenting. This depends on the programming language that you are using:












Default: ''

A directory that has user-defined templates to override our default templates. The path can either be absolute, or relative to the root of the documentation directory (ie the directory with the file). An path relative to where sphinx-build is run is allowed for backwards compatibility only and will be removed in a future version.

You can view the default templates in the autoapi/templates directory of the package.


Default: Varies by Language

A list containing the file patterns to look for when generating documentation. Patterns should be listed in order of preference. For example, if autoapi_file_patterns is set to the default value and a .py file and a .pyi file are found, then the .py will be read.

The defaults by language are:




['*.py', '*.pyi']






['project.json', '*.csproj', '*.vbproj']


Default: True

Whether to generate API documentation. If this is False, documentation should be generated though the Directives.

Customisation Options


Default: [ 'members', 'undoc-members', 'private-members', 'show-inheritance', 'show-module-summary', 'special-members', 'imported-members', ]

Options for display of the generated documentation.

  • members: Display children of an object

  • inherited-members: Display children of an object that have been inherited from a base class.

  • undoc-members: Display objects that have no docstring

  • private-members: Display private objects (eg. _foo in Python)

  • special-members: Display special objects (eg. __foo__ in Python)

  • show-inheritance: Display a list of base classes below the class signature.

  • show-inheritance-diagram: Display an inheritance diagram in generated class documentation. It makes use of the sphinx.ext.inheritance_diagram extension, and requires Graphviz to be installed.

  • show-module-summary: Whether to include autosummary directives in generated module documentation.

  • imported-members: Display objects imported from the same top level package or module. The default module template does not include imported objects, even with this option enabled. The default package template does.


Default: Varies By Language

A list of patterns to ignore when finding files. The defaults by language are:










['*toc.yml', '*index.yml']


Default: autoapi

Path to output the generated AutoAPI files into, including the generated index page. This path must be relative to the root of the documentation directory (ie the directory with the file). This can be used to place the generated documentation anywhere in your documentation hierarchy.


Default: True

Whether to insert the generated documentation into the TOC tree. If this is False, the default AutoAPI index page is not generated and you will need to include the generated documentation in a TOC tree entry yourself.


Default: class

Which docstring to insert into the content of a class.

  • class: Use only the class docstring.

  • both: Use the concatentation of the class docstring and the __init__ docstring.

  • init: Use only the __init__ docstring.

If the class does not have an __init__ or the __init__ docstring is empty and the class defines a __new__ with a docstring, the __new__ docstring is used instead of the __init__ docstring.


Default: bysource

The order to document members.

  • alphabetical: Order members by their name, case sensitively.

  • bysource: Order members by the order that they were defined in the source code.

  • groupwise: Order members by their type then alphabetically, in the order:

  • Submodules and subpackages
    • Attributes

    • Exceptions

    • Classes

    • Functions

    • Methods


Default: False

This changes the package detection behaviour to be compatible with PEP 420, but directories in autoapi_dirs are no longer searched recursively for packages. Instead, when this is True, autoapi_dirs should point directly to the directories of implicit namespaces and the directories of packages.

If searching is still required, this should be done manually in the


The following events allow you to control the behaviour of AutoAPI.

autoapi-skip-member(app, what, name, obj, skip, options)

(Python only) Emitted when a template has to decide whether a member should be included in the documentation. Usually the member is skipped if a handler returns True, and included otherwise. Handlers should return None to fall back to the default skipping behaviour of AutoAPI or another attached handler.

  • app – The Sphinx application object.

  • what (str) – The type of the object which the docstring belongs to. This can be one of: "attribute", "class", "data", "exception", "function", "method", "module", "package".

  • name (str) – The fully qualified name of the object.

  • obj (PythonPythonMapper) – The object itself.

  • skip (bool) – Whether AutoAPI will skip this member if the handler does not override the decision.

  • options – The options given to the directive.

Advanced Options


Default: False

Keep the AutoAPI generated files on the filesystem after the run. Useful for debugging or transitioning to manual documentation.

Keeping files will also allow AutoAPI to use incremental builds. Providing none of the source files have changed, AutoAPI will skip parsing the source code and regenerating the API documentation.