Sphinx getthecode extension

sphinx, extension, literalinclude, sphinx-plugin
pip install sphinxcontrib-getthecode==1.2.1


GetTheCode plugin for Sphinx

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This plugin implements an enhanced literalinclude directive for the Sphinx Documentation Generator.

For a demo, look at Pyterate.

Authored by Fabrice Salvaire.

Source code is hosted at https://github.com/FabriceSalvaire/sphinx-getthecode


Using pip:

pip install sphinxcontrib-getthecode

Else clone the Git repository:

git clone git@github.com:FabriceSalvaire/sphinx-getthecode

then install the plugin using:

python setup.py install


To load the plugin, you have to add it in your conf.py file.

extensions = [


This plugin implements a directive getthecode which is equivalent to the literalinclude directive, but it adds a header before the pre element. This header contains the file name and a link to download the file.

.. getthecode:: example.py
    :language: python3
    :hidden: ### optional, add a class highlight-hidden
    :notebook: ### optional, if a example.ipynb is available

will result in:

<div class="getthecode">
    <div class="getthecode-header">
            <li class="getthecode-filename">example.py</li>

            <li class="getthecode-filename-link">
                <a href="../example.py" download="example.py" type="text/x-python" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">
                    <span> example.py </span>

            <li class="getthecode-notebook-link">
                <a href="../example.ipynb" download="example.ipynb" type="application/x-ipynb+json" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">
                    <span> example.ipynb </span>

            <!-- Added by javascript -->
            <li class="show-code-button" title="Show/Hide the code">
                <i class="fa fa-eye" aria-hidden="true"></i>
                <i class="fa fa-eye-slash" aria-hidden="true" style="display: none;"></i>

    <div class="highlight-python3 highlight-hidden" style="display: none;">
        <div class="highlight">
            <pre> </pre>

You can find in the static directory an example of CSS stylesheet and a Javascript code to show/hide the code.

You can customise the HTML code using the getthecode_header_template configuration variable that contains a Jinja2 template, by default set to:

<div class="getthecode-header">
    <li class="getthecode-filename">{{ filename }}</li>
    <li class="getthecode-filename-link">
      <a href="{{ url }}" download={{ filename }} type="text/x-python" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span>
        {{ filename }}
{% if notebook_url %}
    <li class="getthecode-notebook-link">
      <a href="{{ notebook_url }}" download={{ notebook_filename }} type="application/x-ipynb+json" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span>
        {{ notebook_filename }}
{% endif %}