This page describes the external assets of the Sphinx awesome theme and topics that didn’t fit anywhere else.


The Sphinx awesome theme relies on the following assets. You can find the complete list of dependencies in the files pyproject.toml for Python dependencies and package.json for JavaScript dependencies.




CSS framework


MIT License

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MIT License



Apache License, Version 2.0


Material icons

Apache License, Version 2.0



MIT License

Note: versions ≤ 1.13.1 used these icons instead:

Entypo by Daniel Bruce

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0

Zondicons by Steve Schoger


The icons are included as inline SVG in the HTML templates. Webpack copies the fonts into the theme’s static directory. The CSS for the tooltips are in the file tooltips.css and adapted for Tailwind.

How does it work?

Sphinx themes are a collection of HTML templates, CSS styles, and JavaScript files. Sphinx uses the Jinja2 templating language. The main template is in the file layout.html. It defines the overall structure of the page and imports other parts, such as the header or navigation menu. The template file page.html is inherited from Sphinx’s basic theme. It extends the main layout.html template and renders the body text.

The Sphinx awesome theme defines a few internal extensions, that add features like the code blocks. An HTML postprocessing extension using BeautifulSoup changes the HTML when modifying the Sphinx/docutils toolchain is too cumbersome.

Package and project management

The project is distributed as a Python package. The following tools are vital to achieve this:

Webpack manages the JavaScript and CSS portions of the theme. The entry point for webpack is the file app.js. All dependencies are imported here, including fonts and CSS.

See the Webpack configuration file webpack.config.js for the full pipeline.