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0.7.16 – 2024-01-10

  • #215 Do not display logo_name if it is set to False.

0.7.15 – 2024-01-08

  • #213 Allow an arbitrary string in the logo_name option.

  • #114 Improved sidebar CSS styles.

  • #178 Deprecated canonical_url in favor of html_baseurl.

  • #200 Removed duplicate <meta name="viewport" ... /> tag.

  • #188 Removed underline from whitespace.

  • #164 Removed type="text/javascript" from <script> elements.

  • #161 Replaced &copy; with unicode decimal code entity #169;.

0.7.14 – 2024-01-08

  • Dropped support for Python 3.8 and earlier.

  • Dropped support for Sphinx 3.3 and earlier.

  • #198 Fix horizontal scrolling on mobile.

  • #206 Properly support the html_support_sphinx config value.

  • #211 Fix the GitHub ‘forkme’ banner.

  • Added alabaster_version_info to the HTML template context.

  • Declare support for Python 3.13.

  • Adopt the Ruff linter and formatter.

  • Migrate from CircleCI to GitHub Actions.

0.7.13 – 2023-01-13

  • Modernized the project: s/Travis/Circle/ for CI, README badges, setup.cfg removal, metadata refresh, etc.

  • Dropped support for Python 2 and Python <3.6. This includes various minor updates to work correctly with modern versions of Sphinx (1.6 at the very least). Thanks to Adam Turner for a pile of patches here.


    This change is backwards incompatible if you’re on an old Python version.

  • Tweak CSS somewhat for compatibility with modern Sphinx versions’ base stylesheet.

0.7.12 – 2018-10-02

  • On some browsers/platforms, ‘badge’-style sidebar elements were displaying dotted underlines. This was unintentional and explicit styling has been added to remove them. Credit to Steven Loria.

  • Reorganize the customization page to break up the now rather long list of “variables and feature toggles” into additional sections; includes alphabetizing those lists, to make it a bit easier to find docs for a specific setting.

  • #132 (partially via #143) Add a generic donation badge/url option (visually powered by as well as a service-specific donation option for OpenCollective.

    We expect this to be followed-up on later with more service-specific options for services like Patreon. Thanks to Melanie Crutchfield for the report and Steven Loria for the initial patch.

  • #128 Remove Gittip/Gratipay output from the donate.html sidebar component, since the actual service has been insolvent since 2017. The configuration options remain in place for the time being (to avoid breaking backwards compatibility) but no longer do anything. Thanks to Joe Alcorn for the report / original patchset.


    See the changelog entry for #132, which re-introduces a more generic donation sidebar framework.

  • #142 Add a tidelift_url option, which when set (default is None/unset) adds a small text snippet to the donate.html sidebar component, linking to the given URL string. Thanks to Steven Loria for the patch.

  • #141 Fix a typo in the code-block font family, which incorrectly specified Deja Vu Sans Mono instead of DejaVu Sans Mono. This would primarily impact systems lacking the first two fonts (Consolas and Menlo) such as Linux desktops. Thanks to Ilya Trukhanov for catch & patch.

0.7.11 – 2018-06-18

  • #73 Clean up some problematic font issues:

    • Remove the outright broken Goudy Old Style, plus other mostly Adobe-only fonts, from the font_family config setting; it is now simply Georgia, serif which is what the majority of users were rendering anyways.

    • Clear out the default value of head_font_family (which contained Garamond, a nice but also Adobe only font)

    • Set head_font_family so it falls back to the value of font_family unless a user has explicitly set it themselves.


    You can always go back to the old values by explicitly setting font_family and/or head_font_family in your’s html_theme_options, e.g.:

    html_theme_options = {
        'description': 'My awesome project',
        'font_family': "goudy old style, minion pro, bell mt, Georgia, Hiragino Mincho Pro, serif",


    Depending on individual viewers’ systems, this change may be visually backwards incompatible if you were not already overriding the font settings and those users had the fonts in question (which are not default on most systems).

    As seen in the note above, you can always override the new defaults to go back to the old behavior, using your config file.

  • #18 (via #101) Add optional next and previous links at the top and bottom of page content. Use theme option show_relbars to enable these. Credit: William Minchin.

  • Miscellaneous project maintenance updates such as adding to Travis CI and enforcing the use of flake8.

  • #110 Add badge_branch option allowing configurability of which specific Git branch the Travis, Codecov, etc buttons default to. Credit: @TitanSnow.

  • #111 Add setuptools-level entrypoint for improved theme distribution compatibility. Thanks to Aaron Carlisle for the patch.

0.7.10 – 2017-02-28

  • #32 Update styling of various block-level elements such as admonitions (.. note::, .. warning::, etc) and code blocks (.. code::) so they are no longer ‘dedented’ outside the main column of text they’re embedded in. This is both a stylistic change and a bugfix, since e.g. nesting code blocks within note blocks looks actively broken. Thanks to Takayuki Shimizukawa for the report.

  • #96 admonition_xref had a template typo preventing it from receiving styling; this has been fixed. Credit: Kenzie Togami.

  • #95 Independently ran across sphinx-doc/sphinx#3276, namely that parameter lists become squashed together if one is running on Sphinx 1.4.x. While that fix was merged in Sphinx itself, we felt it prudent to include it in our own stylesheet as well, for immediate relief.

0.7.9 – 2016-07-25

  • #6 (and #70, both via #84) Make all remaining hardcoded style colors configurable, plus related cleanup (such as improving differentiation of some admonition blocks such as warn and note, ensuring generic admonitions are left untouched, etc). Credit: @ShadowKyogre.

  • #83 Expose Sphinx’s toctree collapse option as the new sidebar_collapse config option. Credit: Eric Holscher.

  • #80 Add support for <link rel="canonical"> (i.e. canonical URLs). Thanks to Ben Gamari for the patch.

  • #7 Generate real documentation site, both because the README is just too big now, and so we can eat our own dog food.

0.7.8 – 2016-05-05

  • #51 (via #67): Hide Github button if github_user and github_repo aren’t set. This is necessary since github_button defaults to True. Thanks to Sam Whited for the report & Dmitry Shachnev for the patch.

  • #75: Use SVG version of the Travis-CI button. Thanks to Sebastian Wiesner for the patch.

  • #41: Update the Github buttons to use a newer linked image & change the link to their docs. Thanks to Tomi Hukkalainen.

  • #45 (via #46) Tweak styling of nested bullet lists to prevent an issue where they all collapse to the same indent level when viewed on smaller display sizes. Thanks to Bram Geron for catch & patch, and to Jochen Kupperschmidt for review/discussion.

  • #44 (partial; via #57) Add an opt-in fixed sidebar behavior for users who prefer a sidebar that never scrolls out of view. Credit: Joe Cross.

  • #61: Set a small-but-nonzero footnote width to work around a common browser display bug. Thanks to Konstantin Molchanov for catch & patch.

  • #64: Add config options for font size and caption font size/family. Credit: Marçal Solà.

  • #78: Add custom stylesheet support. (This release will thus be the last to merge simplistic style tweaks as feature toggles - only thorny CSS issues or actual template-related changes will be merged afterwards.)

  • #65: Wrap the sidebar’s “Navigation” header in Sphinx’s translation helper so it gets translated if possible. Thanks to @uralbash.

  • #77: Fix image link styling to remove a bottom border which appears in some situations. Thanks to Eric Holscher for the patch & @barbara-sfx for the report.

0.7.7 – 2015-12-21

  • Add some margin-bottom to table.field-list p so field lists (e.g. Python function parameter lists in docstrings) written as multiple paragraphs, look like actual paragraphs instead of all globbing together.

  • Fix incorrect notes in README re: renamed github_button_* options - the button_ was dropped but docs did not reflect this. Thanks to Nik Nyby.

  • Fix sidebar_hr setting - stylesheet wasn’t correctly referencing the right variable name. Thanks to Jannis Leidel.

  • Allow configuring body text-align via body_text_align. Credit to Marçal Solà.

  • Fix a handful of mismatched/unclosed HTML tags in the templates. Thanks to Marvin Pinto for catch & patch.

  • Add Codecov badge support to sidebar.

0.7.6 – 2015-06-22

  • Update how handles the README.rst file - load it explicitly as UTF-8 so the changelog containing non-ASCII characters doesn’t generate UnicodeDecodeError in terminal environments whose default encoding is not UTF-8 or other Unicode-compatible encodings. Thanks to Arun Persaud for the report and Max Tepkeev for the suggested fix.

  • Fix left-margin & padding styling for code blocks within list-item elements, making them consistent with earlier changes applied to top-level code blocks.

  • Expose page & sidebar widths as theme options page_width and sidebar_width. Their defaults are the same as the previously static values.

0.7.5 – 2015-06-15

  • Honor Sphinx’s core html_show_copyright option when rendering page footer. Thanks to Marcin Wojdyr for the report.

  • Pre-history versions of Alabaster attempted to remove the “related” sub-navigation (typically found as next/previous links in other themes) but this didn’t work right for mobile-oriented styling.

    This has been fixed by (re-)adding an improved sidebar nav element for these links and making its display controllable via the new show_related theme option (which defaults to false for backwards compatibility).


    To enable the related-links nav, you’ll need to set show_related to true and add relations.html to your html_sidebars (we’ve updated the example config in this README to indicate this for new installs).

    Thanks to Tomi Pieviläinen for the bug report.

  • Update the “Fork me on Github” banner image to use an https:// URI so sites hosted over HTTPS don’t encounter mixed-content errors. Thanks to @nikolas for the patch.

  • Remove an orphaned </li> from the footer ‘show source’ section. Credit to Marcin Wojdyr.

0.7.4 – 2015-05-03

  • Add code_highlight option (which includes general fixes to styling of code blocks containing highlighted lines). Thanks to Steven Loria.

0.7.3 – 2015-03-20

  • Hide shadow related styles on bibliography elements, in addition to the earlier change re: border. Thanks again to Philippe Dessus.

0.7.2 – 2015-03-10

  • Updated CSS stylesheets to apply monospace styling to both tt and code elements, instead of just to tt. This addresses a change in HTML generation in Sphinx 1.3 while retaining support for Sphinx 1.2. Thanks to Eric Holscher for the heads up.

0.7.1 – 2015-02-27

  • Finally add a changelog. To the README, for now, because a full doc site isn’t worthwhile just yet.

  • Allow configuring a custom Github banner image (instead of simply toggling a default on or off). Thanks to Nicola Iarocci for the original patch.

  • Explicitly note Python version support in the README and

  • Update Github button image link to use the newly-available HTTPS version of the URL; this helps prevent errors on doc pages served via HTTPS. Thanks to Gustavo Narea for the report.

  • Add control over the font size & family of code blocks. Credit to Steven Loria.

  • Allow control over font family of body text and headings. Thanks to Georg Brandl.

  • Stylize .. seealso:: blocks same as .. note:: blocks for consistency’s sake (previously, .. seealso:: used the Sphinx default styling, which clashed). We may update these again later but for now, this is an improvement! Thanks again to Steven Loria.

  • Allow control over CSS font-style for the site description/tagline element. Credit: Steven Loria.

  • Add styling to disable default cell borders on .. bibliography:: directives’ output. Thanks to Philippe Dessus for the report.

0.6.2 – 2014-11-25

  • Make .. warn:: blocks have a pink background (instead of having no background, which was apparently an oversight of the themes Alabaster is based on) and also make that color configurable.

0.6.1 – 2014-09-04

  • Update Gittip support to acknowledge the service’s rename to Gratipay.

0.6.0 – 2014-04-17

  • Allow hiding the ‘powered by’ section of the footer.

  • Fix outdated name in URL field.

0.5.1 – 2014-04-15

  • Fix a bug in the new Travis support, re: its default value.

0.5.0 – 2014-04-09

  • Add support for sidebar Travis status buttons.

0.4.1 – 2014-04-06

  • Fix an inaccuracy in the description of logo_text_align.

  • Update logo & text styling to be more sensible.

0.4.0 – 2014-04-06

  • Add an option to allow un-hiding one’s toctree.

0.3.1 – 2014-03-13

  • Improved Python 3 compatibility.

  • Update styling of changelog pages generated by bitprophet/releases.

0.3.0 – 2014-02-03

  • Display Alabaster version in footers alongside Sphinx version (necessitating use of a mini Sphinx extension) plus other footer tweaks.

0.2.0 – 2014-01-28

  • Allow control of logo replacement text’s alignment.

  • Add customized navigation sidebar element.

  • Tweak page margins a bit.

  • Add a 3rd level of medium-gray to the stylesheet & apply in a few places.

0.1.0 – 2013-12-31

  • First tagged/PyPI’d version.