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Document your API

Web services without a proper documentation are usually useless.

To make it easy to document your own API, WSME provides a Sphinx extension.

Install the extension

Here we consider that you already quick-started a sphinx project.

  1. In your file, add 'ext' to your extensions, and optionally set the enabled protocols.

    extensions = ['ext']
    wsme_protocols = ['restjson', 'restxml']
  2. Copy toggle.js </_static/toggle.js> and toggle.css </_static/toggle.css> in your _static directory.

The wsme domain

The extension will add a new Sphinx domain providing a few directives.

Config values


A list of strings that are WSME protocol names.

The types and services generated documentation will include code samples for each of these protocols.


A string that is the full name of the service root controller. It will be used to determinate the relative path of the other controllers when they are autodocumented, and calculate the complete webpath of the other controllers.


A string that is the webpath where the wsme_root is mounted.


Define the service root controller for this documentation source file. To set it globally, see wsme_root.

A webpath option allows override of wsme_webpath.


.. wsme:root:: myapp.controllers.MyWSRoot
    :webpath: /api

Declare a service.

Equivalent to the :rstpy:class directive to document a complex type

Equivalent to the :rstpy:attribute directive to document a complex type attribute. It takes an additional :type: field.


Source Result
.. wsme:root:: wsmeext.sphinxext.SampleService
    :webpath: /api

.. wsme:type:: MyType

    .. wsme:attribute:: test

        :type: int

.. wsme:service:: name/space/SampleService

    .. wsme:function:: doit


Returns a :wsmeMyType <MyType>

Autodoc directives

Theses directives scan your code to generate the documentation from the docstrings and your API types and controllers.

Generate the myapp.MyType documentation.

Generate the myapp.MyType.aname documentation.

Generate the myapp.MyService documentation.

Generate the myapp.MyService.myfunction documentation.

Full Example

Python source


Documentation source

.. default-domain:: wsme

.. type:: int

    An integer

.. autotype:: wsmeext.sphinxext.SampleType

.. autoservice:: wsmeext.sphinxext.SampleService




An integer