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Material for nbdev is a nbdev extension that allows you to use Material for MkDocs to generate documentation for nbdev projects.

The key features are:

  • Material style documentation: Effortlessly create material style documentation for your nbdev projects with Material for MkDocs, a theme that provides a sleek and modern design for your documentation.
  • Auto generate docstrings: Instantly generate docstrings for your Python code using docstring-gen library, a tool that automatically generates docstrings for your functions and classes using Codex.
  • Create stunning social media share images: Boost your project’s visibility by creating striking social share images using DALL-E.
  • Customizability: Add guides, release notes, customise the navigation menu and configure the Material for MkDocs easily to suit your project needs. With this documentation tool, you have more control over the look and feel of your documentation, allowing you to create a unique and personalized experience for your users.


Here’s a quick comparison of Quarto and Material for nbdev development workflows:

Quarto workflow Material for nbdev workflow
$ pip install notebook nbdev
$ nbdev_install_quarto
$ pip install notebook nbdev
$ nbdev_install_quarto
$ pip install nbdev-mkdocs
$ nbdev_new
$ nbdev_install_hooks
$ vi settings.ini
$ pip install -e '.[dev]'
$ nbdev_new
$ nbdev_install_hooks
$ vi settings.ini
$ pip install -e '.[dev]'
$ nbdev_mkdocs new
$ vi mkdocs/mkdocs.yml
# Edit files
$ nbdev_preview
# Edit files
$ nbdev_mkdocs preview
Commit changes:
$ nbdev_prepare
$ git commit -am “Commit message”
$ git push
Commit changes:
$ nbdev_mkdocs prepare
$ git commit -am “Commit message”
$ git push

Quick start¤

The following quick start guide will walk you through installing and configuring nbdev-mkdocs for an existing nbdev project. It also assumes you’ve already initialized your project with nbdev and installed all of the required libraries.

For detailed installation instructions and configuration options, please see the User Guide.


nbdev-mkdocs is published as a Python package and can be installed with pip:

pip install nbdev-mkdocs

Note that nbdev-mkdocs must be installed in the same Python environment as nbdev.

If the installation was successful, you should now have the nbdev-mkdocs installed on your system. Run the below command from the terminal to see the full list of available commands:

nbdev_mkdocs --help
 Usage: nbdev_mkdocs [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

╭─ Options ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────╮
│ --install-completion          Install completion for the current shell.      │
│ --show-completion             Show completion for the current shell, to copy │
│                               it or customize the installation.              │
│ --help                        Show this message and exit.                    │
╭─ Commands ───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────╮
│ delete-pre-release-docs  Deletes deployed pre-release documentation          │
│                          versions.                                           │
│ docs                     Prepares files in **mkdocs/docs** and then runs     │
│                          **mkdocs build** command on them                    │
│ docstring                Command for adding docstrings to classes and        │
│                          methods that don't have one using docstring-gen     │
│                          library.                                            │
│ new                      Creates files in **mkdocs** subdirectory needed for │
│                          other **nbdev_mkdocs** subcommands                  │
│ prepare                  Runs tests and prepares files in **mkdocs/docs**    │
│                          and then runs **mkdocs build** command on them      │
│ preview                  Prepares files in **mkdocs/docs** and then runs     │
│                          **mkdocs serve** command on them                    │
│ social-image             Command for generating a custom social share image. │


After installing nbdev-mkdocs, bootstrap your project documentation by executing the following command from the project’s root directory:

nbdev_mkdocs new

Using information from the project’s settings.ini file, the above command creates files and directories required to build the documentation and saves it in the mkdocs subdirectory.

Note: You should only run the nbdev_mkdocs new command once for the project to initialise the files required for building Material for MkDocs documentation.

Preview changes¤

nbdev_mkdocs lets you preview your changes as you write your documentation. Execute the following command from the project root directory to start a local server, and preview your documentation:

Note: If you haven’t already installed your library locally, run pip install -e '.[dev]' command before running the nbdev_mkdocs prepare command.

nbdev_mkdocs preview

Prepare changes¤

We recommend running the nbdev_mkdocs prepare command in the terminal before committing to Git, which exports the library, tests and cleans notebooks, and generates the README file if necessary.

nbdev_mkdocs prepare

Finally, double-check your settings.ini file to ensure that it has all of the correct information. Then commit and push your additions to GitHub:

git commit -am'Commit Message'
git push

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This project is licensed under the terms of the Apache License 2.0