# :mod:sphinx.ext.autosummary -- Generate autodoc summaries

This extension generates function/method/attribute summary lists, similar to those output e.g. by Epydoc and other API doc generation tools. This is especially useful when your docstrings are long and detailed, and putting each one of them on a separate page makes them easier to read.

The :mod:sphinx.ext.autosummary extension does this in two parts:

1. There is an :rst:dir:autosummary directive for generating summary listings that contain links to the documented items, and short summary blurbs extracted from their docstrings.
2. Optionally, the convenience script :program:sphinx-autogen or the new :confval:autosummary_generate config value can be used to generate short "stub" files for the entries listed in the :rst:dir:autosummary directives. These files by default contain only the corresponding :mod:sphinx.ext.autodoc directive, but can be customized with templates.

## :program:sphinx-autogen -- generate autodoc stub pages

The :program:sphinx-autogen script can be used to conveniently generate stub documentation pages for items included in :rst:dir:autosummary listings.

For example, the command

\$ sphinx-autogen -o generated *.rst


will read all :rst:dir:autosummary tables in the :file:*.rst files that have the :toctree: option set, and output corresponding stub pages in directory generated for all documented items. The generated pages by default contain text of the form:

sphinx.util.relative_uri
========================

.. autofunction:: sphinx.util.relative_uri


If the -o option is not given, the script will place the output files in the directories specified in the :toctree: options.

## Generating stub pages automatically

If you do not want to create stub pages with :program:sphinx-autogen, you can also use this new config value:

## Customizing templates

You can customize the stub page templates, in a similar way as the HTML Jinja templates, see :ref:templating. (:class:~sphinx.application.TemplateBridge is not supported.)

Note

If you find yourself spending much time tailoring the stub templates, this may indicate that it's a better idea to write custom narrative documentation instead.

Autosummary uses the following template files:

The following variables available in the templates:

Note

You can use the :rst:dir:autosummary directive in the stub pages. Stub pages are generated also based on these directives.