Contributing to ROCm Docs#

Applies to Linux


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AMD values and encourages the ROCm community to contribute to our code and documentation. This repository is focused on ROCm documentation and this contribution guide describes the recommend method for creating and modifying our documentation.

While interacting with ROCm Documentation, we encourage you to be polite and respectful in your contributions, content or otherwise. Authors, maintainers of these docs act on good intentions and to the best of their knowledge. Keep that in mind while you engage. Should you have issues with contributing itself, refer to discussions on the GitHub repository.

Supported Formats#

Our documentation includes both markdown and rst files. Markdown is encouraged over rst due to the lower barrier to participation. GitHub flavored markdown is preferred for all submissions as it will render accurately on our GitHub repositories. For existing documentation, MyST markdown is used to implement certain features unsupported in GitHub markdown. This is not encouraged for new documentation. AMD will transition to stricter use of GitHub flavored markdown with a few caveats. ROCm documentation also uses sphinx-design in our markdown and rst files. We also will use breathe syntax for doxygen documentation in our markdown files. Other design elements for effective HTML rendering of the documents may be added to our markdown files. Please see GitHub’s guide on writing and formatting on GitHub as a starting point.

ROCm documentation adds additional requirements to markdown and rst based files as follows:

  • Level one headers are only used for page titles. There must be only one level 1 header per file for both Markdown and Restructured Text.

  • Pass markdownlint check via our automated github action on a Pull Request (PR).

Filenames and folder structure#

Please use snake case for file names. Our documentation follows pitchfork for folder structure. All documentation is in /docs except for special files like the contributing guide in the / folder. All images used in the documentation are place in the /docs/data folder.

How to provide feedback for for ROCm documentation#

There are three standard ways to provide feedback for this repository.

Pull Request#

All contributions to ROCm documentation should arrive via the GitHub Flow targetting the develop branch of the repository. If you are unable to contribute via the GitHub Flow, feel free to email us. TODO, confirm email address.

GitHub Issue#

Issues on existing or absent docs can be filed as GitHub issues .

Email Feedback#

Language and Style#

Adopting Microsoft CPP-Docs guidelines for Voice and Tone .

ROCm documentation templates to be made public shortly. ROCm templates dictate the recommended structure and flow of the documentation. Guidelines on how to integrate figures, equations, and tables are all based off MyST.

Font size and selection, page layout, white space control, and other formatting details are controlled via rocm-docs-core, sphinx extention. Please raise issues in rocm-docs-core for any formatting concerns and changes requested.

Building Documentation#

While contributing, one may build the documentation locally on the command-line or rely on Continuous Integration for previewing the resulting HTML pages in a browser.

Command line documentation builds#

Python versions known to build documentation:

  • 3.8

To build the docs locally using Python Virtual Environment (venv), execute the following commands from the project root:

python3 -mvenv .venv
# Windows
.venv/Scripts/python -m pip install -r docs/sphinx/requirements.txt
.venv/Scripts/python -m sphinx -T -E -b html -d _build/doctrees -D language=en docs _build/html
# Linux
.venv/bin/python     -m pip install -r docs/sphinx/requirements.txt
.venv/bin/python     -m sphinx -T -E -b html -d _build/doctrees -D language=en docs _build/html

Then open up _build/html/index.html in your favorite browser.

Pull Requests documentation builds#

When opening a PR to the develop branch on GitHub, the page corresponding to the PR (<pr_number>) will have a summary at the bottom. This requires the user be logged in to GitHub.

  • There, click Show all checks and Details of the Read the Docs pipeline. It will take you to builds/<some_build_num>/

    • The list of commands shown are the exact ones used by CI to produce a render of the documentation.

  • There, click on the small blue link View docs (which is not the same as the bigger button with the same text). It will take you to the built HTML site with a URL of the form https:// advanced-micro-devices-demo--<pr_number> /<pr_number>/.

Build the docs using VS Code#

One can put together a productive environment to author documentation and also test it locally using VS Code with only a handful of extensions. Even though the extension landscape of VS Code is ever changing, here is one example setup that proved useful at the time of writing. In it, one can change/add content, build a new version of the docs using a single VS Code Task (or hotkey), see all errors/ warnings emitted by Sphinx in the Problems pane and immediately see the resulting website show up on a locally serving web server.

Configuring VS Code#

  1. Install the following extensions:

    • Python (ms-python.python)

    • Live Server (ritwickdey.LiveServer)

  2. Add the following entries in .vscode/settings.json

      "liveServer.settings.root": "/.vscode/build/html",
      "liveServer.settings.wait": 1000,
      "python.terminal.activateEnvInCurrentTerminal": true

    The settings in order are set for the following reasons:

    • Sets the root of the output website for live previews. Must be changed alongside the tasks.json command.

    • Tells live server to wait with the update to give time for Sphinx to regenerate site contents and not refresh before all is don. (Empirical value)

    • Automatic virtual env activation is a nice touch, should you want to build the site from the integrated terminal.

  3. Add the following tasks in .vscode/tasks.json

      "version": "2.0.0",
      "tasks": [
          "label": "Build Docs",
          "type": "process",
          "windows": {
            "command": "${workspaceFolder}/.venv/Scripts/python.exe"
          "command": "${workspaceFolder}/.venv/bin/python3",
          "args": [
          "problemMatcher": [
              "owner": "sphinx",
              "fileLocation": "absolute",
              "pattern": {
                "regexp": "^(?:.*\\.{3}\\s+)?(\\/[^:]*|[a-zA-Z]:\\\\[^:]*):(\\d+):\\s+(WARNING|ERROR):\\s+(.*)$",
                "file": 1,
                "line": 2,
                "severity": 3,
                "message": 4
              "owner": "sphinx",
              "fileLocation": "absolute",
              "pattern": {
                "regexp": "^(?:.*\\.{3}\\s+)?(\\/[^:]*|[a-zA-Z]:\\\\[^:]*):{1,2}\\s+(WARNING|ERROR):\\s+(.*)$",
                "file": 1,
                "severity": 2,
                "message": 3
          "group": {
            "kind": "build",
            "isDefault": true

    (Implementation detail: two problem matchers were needed to be defined, because VS Code doesn’t tolerate some problem information being potentially absent. While a single regex could match all types of errors, if a capture group remains empty (the line number doesn’t show up in all warning/error messages) but the pattern references said empty capture group, VS Code discards the message completely.)

  4. Configure Python virtual environment (venv)

    • From the Command Palette, run Python: Create Environment

      • Select venv environment and the docs/sphinx/requirements.txt file. (Simply pressing enter while hovering over the file from the dropdown is insufficient, one has to select the radio button with the ‘Space’ key if using the keyboard.)

  5. Build the docs

    • Launch the default build Task using either:

      • a hotkey (default is ‘Ctrl+Shift+B’) or

      • by issuing the Tasks: Run Build Task from the Command Palette.

  6. Open the live preview

    • Navigate to the output of the site within VS Code, right-click on .vscode/build/html/index.html and select Open with Live Server. The contents should update on every rebuild without having to refresh the browser.