Build your book¶
Once you’ve added content and configured your book, it’s time to
build outputs for your book.
We’ll use the
jupyter-book build command-line tool for this.
Currently, there are two kinds of supported outputs: an HTML website for your book, and a PDF that contains all of the pages of your book that is built from the book HTML.
In order to build the HTML for each page, you should have followed the steps
in creating your Jupyter Book structure.
You should have a collection of notebook/markdown files in your
mybookname/ folder, a
that defines the structure of your book, and any configuration you’d like
Build your book’s HTML¶
Now that your book’s content is in your book folder and you’ve defined your book’s structure in
_toc.yml, you can build the HTML for your book.
Note: HTML is the default builder.
Do so by running the following command:
jupyter-book build mybookname/
This will generate a fully-functioning HTML site using a static site generator.
The site will be placed in the
_build/html folder. You can then open the pages
in the site by entering that folder and opening the
html files with your
You can also use the short-hand
jb build mybookname/.
When debugging your book build, the following options can be helpful:
jupyter-book build -W -n --keep-going mybookname/
This will check for missing references (
-n), turning them into errors (
but will still attempt to run the full build (
so that you can see all errors in one run.
You can also use
-vvv to increase verbosity.
Build a standalone page¶
Sometimes you’d like to build a single page of content rather than an entire book. For example, if you’d like to generate a web-friendly HTML page from a Jupyter Notebook for a report or publication.
You can generate a standalone HTML file for a single page of the Jupyter Book using the same command:
jupyter-book build path/to/mypage.ipynb
This will execute your content and output the proper HTML in a
If the file is in a subdirectory relative to the
_build folder, the HTML will be in a
Your page will be called
This will work for any content source file that is supported by Jupyter Book.
Users should note that building single pages in the context of a larger project, can trigger warnings and incomplete links.
For example, building
docs/start/overview.md will issue a number of
term not in glossary, and
undefined links warnings.
By default, Jupyter Book will only build the HTML for pages that have
been updated since the last time you built the book.
This helps reduce the amount of unnecessary time needed to build your book.
If you’d like to force Jupyter Book to re-build a particular page, you can either edit the
corresponding file in your book’s folder, or delete that page’s HTML in the
You can also signal a full re-build using the
jupyter-book build --all mybookname/
To preview your book, you can open the generated HTML files in your browser.
Either double-click the html file in your local folder, or enter the absolute
path to the file in your browser navigation bar adding
file:// at the beginning