Build Instructions

This document contains information on how to build the HTML, PDF, and EPUB versions of the frc-docs site. frc-docs uses Sphinx as the documentation generator. This document also assumes you have basic knowledge of Git and console commands.


Ensure that Git is installed and that the frc-docs repository is cloned by using git clone

Text Editors / IDE

For development, we recommend that you use VS Code along with the reStructuredText extension. However, any text editor will work.

By default, the reStructuredText extension enables linting with all doc8 features enabled. As frc-docs does not follow the line length lint, add the following to your VS Code settings.json to disable line length linting.

"restructuredtext.linter.doc8.extraArgs": [
   "--ignore D001"



MikTeX and rsvg-convert are not required for building HTML, they are only required for Windows PDF builds.

Ensure that Python is in your Path by selecting the Add Python to PATH toggle when installing Python.

Showing where to click the box to add Python to PATH.

Once Python is installed, open up Powershell. Then navigate to the frc-docs directory. Run the following command: pip install -r source/requirements.txt

Install the missing MikTex packages by navigating to the frc-docs directory, then running the following command from Powershell: miktex --verbose packages require --package-id-file miktex-packages.txt

Linux (Ubuntu)

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install python3 python3-pip
$ python3 -m pip install -U pip setuptools wheel
$ python3 -m pip install -r source/requirements.txt
$ sudo apt install -y texlive-latex-recommended texlive-fonts-recommended texlive-latex-extra latexmk texlive-lang-greek texlive-luatex texlive-xetex texlive-fonts-extra dvipng librsvg2-bin


Open up a Powershell Window or terminal and navigate to the frc-docs directory that was cloned.

PS > cd "%USERPROFILE%\Documents"
PS C:\Users\Example\Documents> git clone
Cloning into 'frc-docs'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 217, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (217/217), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (196/196), done.
remote: Total 2587 (delta 50), reused 68 (delta 21), pack-reused 2370
Receiving objects: 100% (2587/2587), 42.68MiB | 20.32 MiB/s, done.
Receiving deltas: 100% (1138/1138), done/
PS C:\Users\Example\Documents> cd frc-docs
PS C:\Users\Example\Documents\frc-docs>

Lint Check


Lint Check will not check line endings on Windows due to a bug with line endings. See this issue for more information.

It’s encouraged to check any changes you make with the linter. This will fail the buildbot if it does not pass. To check, run .\make lint

Image Size Check

Please run .\make sizecheck to verify that all images are below 500KB. This check will fail CI if it fails. Exclusions are allowed on a case by case basis and are added to the IMAGE_SIZE_EXCLUSIONS list in the configuration file.

Redirect Check

Files that have been moved or renamed must have their new location (or replaced with 404) in the redirects.txt file in source.

The redirect writer will automatically add renamed/moved files to the redirects file. Run .\make rediraffewritediff.


if a file is both moved and substantially changed, the redirect writer will not add it to the redirects.txt file, and the redirects.txt file will need to be manually updated.

The redirect checker makes sure that there are valid redirects for all files. This will fail the buildbot if it does not pass. To check, run .\make rediraffecheckdiff to verify all files are redirected. Additionally, an HTML build may need to be ran to ensure that all files redirect properly.

Building HTML

Type the command .\make html to generate HTML content. The content is located in the build/html directory at the root of the repository.

Building PDF


Please note that PDF build on Windows may result in distorted images for SVG content. This is due to a lack of librsvg2-bin support on Windows.

Type the command .\make latexpdf to generate PDF content. The PDF is located in the build/latex directory at the root of the repository.

Building EPUB

Type the command .\make epub to generate EPUB content. The EPUB is located in the build/epub directory at the root of the repository.

Adding Python Third-Party libraries


After modifying frc-docs dependencies in any way, requirements.txt must be regenerated by running poetry export -f requirements.txt --output source/requirements.txt --without-hashes from the root of the repo.

frc-docs uses Poetry to manage its dependencies to make sure builds are reproducible.


Poetry is not required to build and contribute to frc-docs content. It is only used for dependency management.

Installing Poetry

Ensure that Poetry is installed. Run the following command: pip install poetry.

Adding a Dependency

Add the dependency to the [tool.poetry.dependencies] section of pyproject.toml. Make sure to specify an exact version. Then, run the following command: poetry lock --no-update.

Updating a Top-Level Dependency

Update the dependency’s version in the [tool.poetry.dependencies] section of pyproject.toml. Then, run the following command: poetry lock --no-update.

Updating Hidden Dependencies

Run the following command: poetry lock.