Installation and Usage#

  1. Make sure you have Python installed.

  2. Install the Python package insipid-sphinx-theme, e.g. with pip:

    python3 -m pip install insipid-sphinx-theme

    Depending on your Python installation, you may have to use python instead of python3. If you have installed the module already, you can use the --upgrade flag to get the newest release.


    By default, a recent Sphinx version is required and automatically installed when installing insipid-sphinx-theme. Older Sphinx versions are supported to some degree (some features might not be rendered as in newer versions, see and, but those older versions have to be installed manually and insipid-sphinx-theme has to be installed with the --no-deps flag.

  3. Edit the file (just create an empty file if it doesn’t exist yet, or use sphinx-quickstart) and add/edit the line:

    html_theme = 'insipid'
  4. Make sure your source files are in the same directory as your If you don’t have any source files yet, you can start with a simple index.rst:

    My Docs
    Hello, world!

    At some point, you’ll probably want to have more than one page. You can use the toctree directive to include additional pages.

  5. Run Sphinx, e.g. by using:

    python3 -m sphinx <source-dir> <build-dir>

    … where <source-dir> is the directory that contains your, and <build-dir> is the place where the generated HTML files should be written to. For example, the full command could look something like this:

    python3 -m sphinx doc html-files

    For more options, see sphinx-build.

That should be it. But there are many options (Configuration) and customization possibilities (Customization) available.

Alternative Usage

It is convenient to install the theme as a Python package, because this way Sphinx can find it easily and you don’t have to worry about where the theme’s files are stored. However, the package installation is not strictly necessary (because the insipid theme is just a theme and not a full-blown Sphinx extension). If you don’t want to install the package, you can instead use html_theme_path to tell Sphinx where the directory containing the insipid directory is.

For example, you could include the insipid-sphinx-theme repository as a Git submodule in your own repository and point to that submodule in your

html_theme_path = ['path-to-submodule/src/insipid_sphinx_theme']
html_theme = 'insipid'