Building the documentation

Coding and documentation standards

Lightkurve adopts AstroPy’s coding guidelines and standards, as documented in AstroPy’s Development Documentation.

Building documentation


Building the documentation is not necessary unless you are writing new documentation or do not have internet access, because the latest version of the documentation is available online at .

Building the lightkurve documentation requires sphinx and a few extra packages. We recommend using poetry to install the development dependencies:

$ poetry install


If you encounter the error Pandoc wasn't found, you will have to install pandoc separately as well following its installation instruction . For example, on Mac OS you can install pandoc using homebrew:

$ brew install pandoc

An alternative method is to install pandoc using conda:

$ conda install --channel=conda-forge pandoc

To build the documentation in HTML format, execute:

$ cd docs
$ make clean
$ make html

This will save the documentation website in the ../../lightkurve-docs directory on your system. The notebook-based tutorials will not be recompiled by default because they take some time to build. To recompile the notebooks, type:

make notebooks

Finally, if you have write permission to lightkurve’s GitHub repository, you can upload the documentation to the web server using:

make upload