Deprecated APIs

On developing Sphinx, we are always careful to the compatibility of our APIs. But, sometimes, the change of interface are needed for some reasons. In such cases, we’ve marked them as deprecated. And they are kept during the two major versions (for more details, please see Deprecation policy).

The following is a list of deprecated interfaces.

deprecated APIs

Target

Deprecated

(will be) Removed

Alternatives

sphinx.domains.math.MathDomain.add_equation()

2.2

4.0

sphinx.domains.math.MathDomain.note_equation()

sphinx.domains.math.MathDomain.get_next_equation_number()

2.2

4.0

sphinx.domains.math.MathDomain.note_equation()

The info and warn arguments of sphinx.ext.autosummary.generate.generate_autosummary_docs()

2.2

4.0

logging.info() and logging.warning()

sphinx.ext.autosummary.generate._simple_info()

2.2

4.0

logging.info()

sphinx.ext.autosummary.generate._simple_warn()

2.2

4.0

logging.warning()

sphinx.ext.todo.merge_info()

2.2

4.0

sphinx.ext.todo.TodoDomain

sphinx.ext.todo.process_todo_nodes()

2.2

4.0

sphinx.ext.todo.TodoDomain

sphinx.ext.todo.process_todos()

2.2

4.0

sphinx.ext.todo.TodoDomain

sphinx.ext.todo.purge_todos()

2.2

4.0

sphinx.ext.todo.TodoDomain

sphinx.builders.latex.LaTeXBuilder.apply_transforms()

2.1

4.0

N/A

sphinx.builders._epub_base.EpubBuilder.esc()

2.1

4.0

html.escape()

sphinx.directives.Acks

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Acks

sphinx.directives.Author

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Author

sphinx.directives.Centered

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Centered

sphinx.directives.Class

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Class

sphinx.directives.CodeBlock

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.code.CodeBlock

sphinx.directives.Figure

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.patches.Figure

sphinx.directives.HList

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.HList

sphinx.directives.Highlight

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.code.Highlight

sphinx.directives.Include

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Include

sphinx.directives.Index

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Index

sphinx.directives.LiteralInclude

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.code.LiteralInclude

sphinx.directives.Meta

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.patches.Meta

sphinx.directives.Only

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.Only

sphinx.directives.SeeAlso

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.SeeAlso

sphinx.directives.TabularColumns

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.TabularColumns

sphinx.directives.TocTree

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.TocTree

sphinx.directives.VersionChange

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.other.VersionChange

sphinx.domains.python.PyClassmember

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.python.PyAttribute, sphinx.domains.python.PyMethod, sphinx.domains.python.PyClassMethod, sphinx.domains.python.PyObject and sphinx.domains.python.PyStaticMethod

sphinx.domains.python.PyModulelevel

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.python.PyFunction, sphinx.domains.python.PyObject and sphinx.domains.python.PyVariable

sphinx.domains.std.StandardDomain._resolve_citation_xref()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.citation.CitationDomain.resolve_xref()

sphinx.domains.std.StandardDomain.note_citations()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.citation.CitationDomain.note_citation()

sphinx.domains.std.StandardDomain.note_citation_refs()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.citation.CitationDomain.note_citation_reference()

sphinx.domains.std.StandardDomain.note_labels()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.std.StandardDomain.process_doc()

sphinx.environment.NoUri

2.1

4.0

sphinx.errors.NoUri

sphinx.ext.apidoc.format_directive()

2.1

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.apidoc.format_heading()

2.1

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.apidoc.makename()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.ext.apidoc.module_join()

sphinx.ext.autodoc.importer.MockFinder

2.1

4.0

sphinx.ext.autodoc.mock.MockFinder

sphinx.ext.autodoc.importer.MockLoader

2.1

4.0

sphinx.ext.autodoc.mock.MockLoader

sphinx.ext.autodoc.importer.mock()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.ext.autodoc.mock.mock()

sphinx.ext.autosummary.autolink_role()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.ext.autosummary.AutoLink

sphinx.ext.imgmath.DOC_BODY

2.1

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.imgmath.DOC_BODY_PREVIEW

2.1

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.imgmath.DOC_HEAD

2.1

4.0

N/A

sphinx.transforms.CitationReferences

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.citation.CitationReferenceTransform

sphinx.transforms.SmartQuotesSkipper

2.1

4.0

sphinx.domains.citation.CitationDefinitionTransform

sphinx.util.docfields.DocFieldTransformer.preprocess_fieldtypes()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.directives.ObjectDescription.get_field_type_map()

sphinx.util.node.find_source_node()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.util.node.get_node_source()

sphinx.util.i18n.find_catalog()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.util.i18n.docname_to_domain()

sphinx.util.i18n.find_catalog_files()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.util.i18n.CatalogRepository

sphinx.util.i18n.find_catalog_source_files()

2.1

4.0

sphinx.util.i18n.CatalogRepository

encoding argument of autodoc.Documenter.get_doc(), autodoc.DocstringSignatureMixin.get_doc(), autodoc.DocstringSignatureMixin._find_signature(), and autodoc.ClassDocumenter.get_doc()

2.0

4.0

N/A

arguments of EpubBuilder.build_mimetype(), EpubBuilder.build_container(), EpubBuilder.build_content(), EpubBuilder.build_toc() and EpubBuilder.build_epub()

2.0

4.0

N/A

arguments of Epub3Builder.build_navigation_doc()

2.0

4.0

N/A

nodetype argument of sphinx.search.WordCollector.is_meta_keywords()

2.0

4.0

N/A

suffix argument of BuildEnvironment.doc2path()

2.0

4.0

N/A

string style base argument of BuildEnvironment.doc2path()

2.0

4.0

os.path.join()

sphinx.addnodes.abbreviation

2.0

4.0

docutils.nodes.abbreviation

sphinx.builders.applehelp

2.0

4.0

sphinxcontrib.applehelp

sphinx.builders.devhelp

2.0

4.0

sphinxcontrib.devhelp

sphinx.builders.epub3.Epub3Builder.validate_config_value()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.epub3.validate_config_values()

sphinx.builders.html.JSONHTMLBuilder

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.serializinghtml.JSONHTMLBuilder

sphinx.builders.html.PickleHTMLBuilder

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.serializinghtml.PickleHTMLBuilder

sphinx.builders.html.SerializingHTMLBuilder

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.serializinghtml.SerializingHTMLBuilder

sphinx.builders.html.SingleFileHTMLBuilder

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.singlehtml.SingleFileHTMLBuilder

sphinx.builders.html.WebHTMLBuilder

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.serializinghtml.PickleHTMLBuilder

sphinx.builders.htmlhelp

2.0

4.0

sphinxcontrib.htmlhelp

sphinx.builders.htmlhelp.HTMLHelpBuilder.open_file()

2.0

4.0

open()

sphinx.builders.qthelp

2.0

4.0

sphinxcontrib.qthelp

sphinx.cmd.quickstart.term_decode()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.cmd.quickstart.TERM_ENCODING

2.0

4.0

sys.stdin.encoding

sphinx.config.check_unicode()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.config.string_classes

2.0

4.0

[str]

sphinx.domains.cpp.DefinitionError.description

2.0

4.0

str(exc)

sphinx.domains.cpp.NoOldIdError.description

2.0

4.0

str(exc)

sphinx.domains.cpp.UnsupportedMultiCharacterCharLiteral.decoded

2.0

4.0

str(exc)

sphinx.ext.autosummary.Autosummary.warn()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.autosummary.Autosummary.genopt

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.autosummary.Autosummary.warnings

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.autosummary.Autosummary.result

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.doctest.doctest_encode()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.jsmath

2.0

4.0

sphinxcontrib.jsmath

sphinx.roles.abbr_role()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.roles.Abbreviation

sphinx.roles.emph_literal_role()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.roles.EmphasizedLiteral

sphinx.roles.menusel_role()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.roles.GUILabel or sphinx.roles.MenuSelection

sphinx.roles.index_role()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.roles.Index

sphinx.roles.indexmarkup_role()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.roles.PEP or sphinx.roles.RFC

sphinx.testing.util.remove_unicode_literal()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.util.attrdict

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.util.force_decode()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.util.get_matching_docs()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.util.get_matching_files()

sphinx.util.inspect.Parameter

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.util.jsonimpl

2.0

4.0

sphinxcontrib.serializinghtml.jsonimpl

sphinx.util.osutil.EEXIST

2.0

4.0

errno.EEXIST or FileExistsError

sphinx.util.osutil.EINVAL

2.0

4.0

errno.EINVAL

sphinx.util.osutil.ENOENT

2.0

4.0

errno.ENOENT or FileNotFoundError

sphinx.util.osutil.EPIPE

2.0

4.0

errno.ENOENT or BrokenPipeError

sphinx.util.osutil.walk()

2.0

4.0

os.walk()

sphinx.util.pycompat.NoneType

2.0

4.0

sphinx.util.typing.NoneType

sphinx.util.pycompat.TextIOWrapper

2.0

4.0

io.TextIOWrapper

sphinx.util.pycompat.UnicodeMixin

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.util.pycompat.htmlescape()

2.0

4.0

html.escape()

sphinx.util.pycompat.indent()

2.0

4.0

textwrap.indent()

sphinx.util.pycompat.sys_encoding

2.0

4.0

sys.getdefaultencoding()

sphinx.util.pycompat.terminal_safe()

2.0

4.0

sphinx.util.console.terminal_safe()

sphinx.util.pycompat.u

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.util.PeekableIterator

2.0

4.0

N/A

Omitting the filename argument in an overriddent IndexBuilder.feed() method.

2.0

4.0

IndexBuilder.feed(docname, filename, title, doctree)

sphinx.writers.latex.ExtBabel

2.0

4.0

sphinx.builders.latex.util.ExtBabel

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.babel_defmacro()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.application.Sphinx._setting_up_extension

2.0

3.0

N/A

The importer argument of sphinx.ext.autodoc.importer._MockModule

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.autodoc.importer._MockImporter

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.io.SphinxBaseFileInput

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.io.SphinxFileInput.supported

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.io.SphinxRSTFileInput

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.registry.SphinxComponentRegistry.add_source_input()

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator._make_visit_admonition()

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.collect_footnotes()

2.0

4.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.texinfo.TexinfoTranslator._make_visit_admonition()

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.text.TextTranslator._make_depart_admonition()

2.0

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.generate_numfig_format()

2.0

4.0

N/A

highlightlang

1.8

4.0

highlight

add_stylesheet()

1.8

4.0

add_css_file()

add_javascript()

1.8

4.0

add_js_file()

autodoc_default_flags

1.8

4.0

autodoc_default_options

content arguments of sphinx.util.image.guess_mimetype()

1.8

3.0

N/A

gettext_compact arguments of sphinx.util.i18n.find_catalog_source_files()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.io.SphinxI18nReader.set_lineno_for_reporter()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.io.SphinxI18nReader.line

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.directives.other.VersionChanges

1.8

3.0

sphinx.domains.changeset.VersionChanges

sphinx.highlighting.PygmentsBridge.unhighlight()

1.8

3.0

N/A

trim_doctest_flags arguments of sphinx.highlighting.PygmentsBridge

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.mathbase

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.mathbase.MathDomain

1.8

3.0

sphinx.domains.math.MathDomain

sphinx.ext.mathbase.MathDirective

1.8

3.0

sphinx.directives.patches.MathDirective

sphinx.ext.mathbase.math_role()

1.8

3.0

docutils.parsers.rst.roles.math_role()

sphinx.ext.mathbase.setup_math()

1.8

3.0

add_html_math_renderer()

sphinx.ext.mathbase.is_in_section_title()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.ext.mathbase.get_node_equation_number()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.util.math.get_node_equation_number()

sphinx.ext.mathbase.wrap_displaymath()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.util.math.wrap_displaymath()

sphinx.ext.mathbase.math (node)

1.8

3.0

docutils.nodes.math

sphinx.ext.mathbase.displaymath (node)

1.8

3.0

docutils.nodes.math_block

sphinx.ext.mathbase.eqref (node)

1.8

3.0

sphinx.builders.latex.nodes.math_reference

viewcode_import (config value)

1.8

3.0

viewcode_follow_imported_members

sphinx.writers.latex.Table.caption_footnotetexts

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.Table.header_footnotetexts

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.footnotestack

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.in_container_literal_block

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.next_section_ids

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.next_hyperlink_ids

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.restrict_footnote()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.unrestrict_footnote()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.push_hyperlink_ids()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.pop_hyperlink_ids()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.bibitems

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.hlsettingstack

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.ExtBabel.get_shorthandoff()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html.HTMLTranslator.highlightlang()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html.HTMLTranslator.highlightlang_base()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html.HTMLTranslator.highlightlangopts()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html.HTMLTranslator.highlightlinenothreshold()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html5.HTMLTranslator.highlightlang()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html5.HTMLTranslator.highlightlang_base()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html5.HTMLTranslator.highlightlangopts()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.html5.HTMLTranslator.highlightlinenothreshold()

1.8

3.0

N/A

sphinx.writers.latex.LaTeXTranslator.check_latex_elements()

1.8

3.0

Nothing

sphinx.application.CONFIG_FILENAME

1.8

3.0

sphinx.config.CONFIG_FILENAME

Config.check_unicode()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.config.check_unicode()

Config.check_types()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.config.check_confval_types()

dirname, filename and tags arguments of Config.__init__()

1.8

3.0

Config.read()

The value of html_search_options

1.8

3.0

see html_search_options

sphinx.versioning.prepare()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.versioning.UIDTransform

Sphinx.override_domain()

1.8

3.0

add_domain()

Sphinx.import_object()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.util.import_object()

suffix argument of add_source_parser()

1.8

3.0

add_source_suffix()

BuildEnvironment.load()

1.8

3.0

pickle.load()

BuildEnvironment.loads()

1.8

3.0

pickle.loads()

BuildEnvironment.frompickle()

1.8

3.0

pickle.load()

BuildEnvironment.dump()

1.8

3.0

pickle.dump()

BuildEnvironment.dumps()

1.8

3.0

pickle.dumps()

BuildEnvironment.topickle()

1.8

3.0

pickle.dump()

BuildEnvironment._nitpick_ignore

1.8

3.0

nitpick_ignore

BuildEnvironment.versionchanges

1.8

3.0

N/A

BuildEnvironment.update()

1.8

3.0

Builder.read()

BuildEnvironment.read_doc()

1.8

3.0

Builder.read_doc()

BuildEnvironment._read_serial()

1.8

3.0

Builder.read()

BuildEnvironment._read_parallel()

1.8

3.0

Builder.read()

BuildEnvironment.write_doctree()

1.8

3.0

Builder.write_doctree()

BuildEnvironment.note_versionchange()

1.8

3.0

ChangesDomain.note_changeset()

warn() (template helper function)

1.8

3.0

warning()

source_parsers

1.8

3.0

add_source_parser()

sphinx.util.docutils.directive_helper()

1.8

3.0

Directive class of docutils

sphinx.cmdline

1.8

3.0

sphinx.cmd.build

sphinx.make_mode

1.8

3.0

sphinx.cmd.make_mode

sphinx.locale.l_()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.locale._()

sphinx.locale.lazy_gettext()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.locale._()

sphinx.locale.mygettext()

1.8

3.0

sphinx.locale._()

sphinx.util.copy_static_entry()

1.5

3.0

sphinx.util.fileutil.copy_asset()

sphinx.build_main()

1.7

2.0

sphinx.cmd.build.build_main()

sphinx.ext.intersphinx.debug()

1.7

2.0

sphinx.ext.intersphinx.inspect_main()

sphinx.ext.autodoc.format_annotation()

1.7

2.0

sphinx.util.inspect.Signature

sphinx.ext.autodoc.formatargspec()

1.7

2.0

sphinx.util.inspect.Signature

sphinx.ext.autodoc.AutodocReporter

1.7

2.0

sphinx.util.docutils.switch_source_input()

sphinx.ext.autodoc.add_documenter()

1.7

2.0

add_autodocumenter()

sphinx.ext.autodoc.AutoDirective._register

1.7

2.0

add_autodocumenter()

AutoDirective._special_attrgetters

1.7

2.0

add_autodoc_attrgetter()

Sphinx.warn(), Sphinx.info()

1.6

2.0

Logging API

BuildEnvironment.set_warnfunc()

1.6

2.0

Logging API

BuildEnvironment.note_toctree()

1.6

2.0

Toctree.note() (in sphinx.environment.adapters.toctree)

BuildEnvironment.get_toc_for()

1.6

2.0

Toctree.get_toc_for() (in sphinx.environment.adapters.toctree)

BuildEnvironment.get_toctree_for()

1.6

2.0

Toctree.get_toctree_for() (in sphinx.environment.adapters.toctree)

BuildEnvironment.create_index()

1.6

2.0

IndexEntries.create_index() (in sphinx.environment.adapters.indexentries)

sphinx.websupport

1.6

2.0

sphinxcontrib-websupport

StandaloneHTMLBuilder.css_files

1.6

2.0

add_stylesheet()

document.settings.gettext_compact

1.8

1.8

gettext_compact

Sphinx.status_iterator()

1.6

1.7

sphinx.util.status_iterator()

Sphinx.old_status_iterator()

1.6

1.7

sphinx.util.old_status_iterator()

Sphinx._directive_helper()

1.6

1.7

sphinx.util.docutils.directive_helper()

sphinx.util.compat.Directive

1.6

1.7

docutils.parsers.rst.Directive

sphinx.util.compat.docutils_version

1.6

1.7

sphinx.util.docutils.__version_info__

Note

On deprecating on public APIs (internal functions and classes), we also follow the policy as much as possible.