Documentation is often more important than code. This page helps you get set up on how to contribute to JupyterHub’s documentation.
Building documentation locally#
We use sphinx to build our documentation. It takes
our documentation source files (written in markdown or reStructuredText &
stored under the
docs/source directory) and converts it into various
formats for people to read. To make sure the documentation you write or
change renders correctly, it is good practice to test it locally.
Make sure you have successfully completed Setting up a development install.
Install the packages required to build the docs.
python3 -m pip install -r docs/requirements.txt
Build the html version of the docs. This is the most commonly used output format, so verifying it renders correctly is usually good enough.
cd docs make html
This step will display any syntax or formatting errors in the documentation, along with the filename / line number in which they occurred. Fix them, and re-run the
make htmlcommand to re-render the documentation.
View the rendered documentation by opening
_build/html/index.htmlin a web browser.
On Windows, you can open a file from the terminal with
On macOS, you can do the same with
On Linux, you can do the same with
After opening index.html in your browser you can just refresh the page whenever you rebuild the docs via
This section lists various conventions we use in our documentation. This is a living document that grows over time, so feel free to add to it / change it!
Our entire documentation does not yet fully conform to these conventions yet, so help in making it so would be appreciated!
There are many ways to invoke a
pip command, we recommend the following
python3 -m pip
This invokes pip explicitly using the python3 binary that you are currently using. This is the recommended way to invoke pip in our documentation, since it is least likely to cause problems with python3 and pip being from different environments.
For more information on how to invoke
pip commands, see
the pip documentation.