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What is Releases?

Releases is a Sphinx extension designed to help you keep a source control friendly, merge friendly changelog file & turn it into useful, human readable HTML output. It’s compatible with Python 3.6+, and may work on Sphinx versions as far back as 1.8.x, though 4.x and up are recommended and generally all we will support.


  • The source format (kept in your Sphinx tree as changelog.rst) is a stream-like timeline that plays well with source control & only requires one entry per change (even for changes that exist in multiple release lines).

  • The output (when you have the extension installed and run your Sphinx build command) is a traditional looking changelog page with a section for every release; multi-release issues are copied automatically into each release.

  • By default, feature and support issues are only displayed under feature releases, and bugs are only displayed under bugfix releases. This can be overridden on a per-issue basis.

Some background on why this tool was created can be found in this blog post.

For more documentation, please see For a roadmap, see the maintainer’s roadmap page.


You can install the development version via pip install -e git+

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