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.. -*- restructuredtext -*-

Gnuplot extension for Sphinx

:author: Vadim Gubergrits <>


This extensions allows rendering of plots using the gnuplot_ language. 

This extensions adds the ``gnuplot`` directive that will replace the gnuplot
commands with the image of the plot. 

Quick Example

This source::

    .. gnuplot::
        :title: The sine function

        plot sin(x)

is rendered as:

.. gnuplot::
    :title: The sine function

    plot sin(x)


* gnuplot_.

Gnuplot_ should be installed and be in the system's path.

Installing from sphinx-contrib checkout

Checkout sphinx-contrib::

  $ hg clone

Change into the gnuplot directory::

  $ cd sphinx-contrib/gnuplot
Install the module::

  $ python install

Enabling the extension in Sphinx_

Just add ``sphinxcontrib.gnuplot`` to the list of extensions in the ````
file. For example::

    extensions = ['sphinxcontrib.gnuplot']



``size``: X,Y
  Width and height of the resulting plot.

``title``: <TITLE>
  set the plot title to TITLE. Equivalent to "set title TITLE".


For now one optional configuration is added to Sphinx_. It can be set in
```` file:

``gnuplot_fromat`` <dict>:
  image format used for the different builders. ``latex`` and ``html`` fromats
  are supported.

  For example::

    gnuplot_format = dict(latex='pdf', html='png')

  These are the actual defaults.


Plotting data files

Gnuplot is instructed to change its working directory to the document base
directory. When referencing data files in gnuplot they must be relative to the

To provide a link to the data source you can use Sphinx_ standard ``download`` role::

  .. gnuplot::

     plot 'data.dat' using 1:2
  The source is :download:`here <data.dat>`.

.. Links:
.. _gnuplot:
.. _Sphinx: