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Deploy a Sphinx site

Sphinx is a tool that makes it easy to create beautiful documentation, originally created for Python documentation. It has found favour among many for its simplicity and ease of use.

In this guide you'll create a new Sphinx project and deploy it using Cloudflare Pages.


There are a few prerequisites before you can begin creating your Sphinx site, namely you'll need to install it!

Installing Python

Sphinx is a Python based tool, which means you'll need to have Python installed to make use of it. We recommend installing Python version 3.7 as this is the latest version at the time of writing Cloudflare Pages supports. Please refer to the official Python docs on installing for your platform at their relevant pages:

Installing Pipenv

Wonderful, by now you should have Python installed. If you already had Python installed, please be mindful that any other global packages you may have installed could interfere with the following steps to install Pipenv, or your other Python projects which depend on global packages!

Pipenv is a Python based package manager that makes managing virtual environments super simple. If you're not familiar with it yet, don't worry, it's easy to pick up. Cloudflare Pages natively supports the use of Pipenv and by default has the latest version installed.

The quickest way to install Pipenv is by running the command:

$ pip install --user pipenv

This will install Pipenv to your user level directory and will make it accessible via your terminal. You can confirm this by running the following command and seeing the expected output:

$ pipenv --versionpipenv, version 2020.11.15

Installing Sphinx

Just one last step before can install Sphinx, we first have to create the directory we want our project to live in. From your terminal run the following commands to create a new directory and navigate within it:

$ mkdir my-wonderful-new-sphinx-project$ cd my-wonderful-new-sphinx-project

We're finally ready to install Sphinx. From your terminal run the following command to install Sphinx:

$ pipenv install sphinx

This will install sphinx into a new virtual environment managed by Pipenv, you should see a directory structure like this:


Creating a new project

With Sphinx installed you can now run the quickstart command to create a template project for you. This command will only work within the Pipenv environment we created in the previous step. To enter that environment run the following command from your terminal:

$ pipenv shell

Now run the following command:

$ sphinx-quickstart

You will be presented with a number of questions, please answer them in the following:

$ Separate source and build directories (y/n) [n]: Y$ Project name: <Your project name>$ Author name(s): <You Author Name>$ Project release []: <You can accept default here or provide a version>$ Project language [en]: <You can accept en here or provide a regional language code>

This will create four new files in your active directory, source/, index.rst, Makefile and make.bat:


You now have everything you need to start deploying your site to Cloudflare Pages. For learning how to create beautiful documentation with Sphinx please see the official docs here.

Creating a GitHub repository

Create a new GitHub repository by visiting Once you've created a new repository, you can push your local application to GitHub:

$ git remote add origin$ git add . && git commit -m "Initial commit"$ git branch -M main$ git push -u origin main

Deploying with Cloudflare Pages

You can deploy your site to Cloudflare Pages by going to the dashboard, and creating a new site. Select your new GitHub repository that you created above, and in the configuration section, provide the following information:

Configuration optionValue
Production branchmain
Build commandmake html
Build directorybuild/html

Below the configuration, make sure to set the environment variable for specifying the PYTHON_VERSION.

For example, PYTHON_VERSION: 3.7.

Once you've configured your site, you can begin your first deploy. You should see Cloudflare Pages installing Pipenv, your project dependencies, and building your site, before deploying it.

Once you've deployed your site, you'll receive a unique subdomain for your project on Every time you commit new code to your Hugo site, Cloudflare Pages will automatically rebuild your project and deploy it. You'll also get access to preview deployments on new pull requests, so you can preview how changes look to your site before deploying them to production.

Learn more

Congrats, you've deployed your Sphinx site on Cloudflare Pages! To learn more about what you can do with the platform, check out our How-To section.