Field Lists

As previously discussed, field lists are sequences of fields marked up like this:

:fieldname: Field content

Sphinx provides custom behavior for bibliographic fields compared to docutils.

File-wide metadata

A field list near the top of a file is normally parsed by docutils as the docinfo which is generally used to record the author, date of publication and other metadata. However, in Sphinx, a field list preceding any other markup is moved from the docinfo to the Sphinx environment as document metadata and is not displayed in the output; a field list appearing after the document title will be part of the docinfo as normal and will be displayed in the output.

At the moment, these metadata fields are recognized:


The maximum depth for a table of contents of this file.

:tocdepth: 2


This metadata effects to the depth of local toctree. But it does not effect to the depth of global toctree. So this would not be change the sidebar of some themes which uses global one.

New in version 0.4.


If set, the web application won’t display a comment form for a page generated from this source file.


If set, warnings about this file not being included in any toctree will be suppressed.


New in version 1.0.


If set, full text search for this file is disabled.



object search is still available even if nosearch option is set.

New in version 3.0.