How to add custom CSS or JavaScript to Sphinx documentation

Adding additional CSS or JavaScript files to your Sphinx documentation can let you customize the look and feel of your docs or add additional functionality. For example, with a small snippet of CSS, your documentation could use a custom font or have a different background color.

If your custom stylesheet is _static/css/custom.css, you can add that CSS file to the documentation using the Sphinx option html_css_files:


# These folders are copied to the documentation's HTML output
html_static_path = ['_static']

# These paths are either relative to html_static_path
# or fully qualified paths (eg. https://...)
html_css_files = [

A similar approach can be used to add JavaScript files:

html_js_files = [


The Sphinx HTML options html_css_files and html_js_files were added in Sphinx 1.8. Unless you have a good reason to use an older version, you are strongly encouraged to upgrade. Sphinx is almost entirely backwards compatible.

Overriding or replacing a theme’s stylesheet

The above approach is preferred for adding additional stylesheets or JavaScript, but it is also possible to completely replace a Sphinx theme’s stylesheet with your own stylesheet.

If your replacement stylesheet exists at _static/css/yourtheme.css, you can replace your theme’s CSS file by setting html_style in your


html_style = 'css/yourtheme.css'

If you only need to override a few styles on the theme, you can include the theme’s normal CSS using the CSS @import rule .

/** css/yourtheme.css **/

/* This line is theme specific - it includes the base theme CSS */
@import '../alabaster.css';  /* for Alabaster */
/*@import 'theme.css';       /* for the Read the Docs theme */

body {
    /* ... */

See also

You can also add custom classes to your html elements. See Docutils Class and this related Sphinx footnote… for more information.