How-To Guides

This page describes several common uses of MyST parser and how to accomplish them.

Include rST files into a Markdown file

As explained in this section, all MyST directives will parse their content as Markdown. Therefore, using the conventional include directive, will parse the file contents as Markdown:

```{include} snippets/

Hallo I’m from a Markdown file, with a reference.

To include rST, we must first “wrap” the directive in the eval-rst directive:

.. include:: snippets/include-rst.rst

Hallo I’m from an rST file, with a reference.

Include a file from outside the docs folder (like

You can include a file, including one from outside the project using e.g.:

```{include} ../

However, including a file will not usually resolve local links correctly, like ![](my-image.png), since it treats the text as if it originated from the “including file”.

As of myst-parser version 0.12.7, a new, experimental feature has been added to resolve such links. You can now use for example:

```{include-literal} ../../
:language: md
```{include} ../../
:relative-docs: docs/


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The include here attempts to re-write local links, to reference them from the correct location! The relative-docs must be given the prefix of any links to re-write, to distinguish them from sphinx cross-references.


The current functionality only works for Markdown style images and links.

If you encounter any issues with this feature, please don’t hesitate to report it.

Use sphinx.ext.autodoc in Markdown files

The sphinx.ext.autodoc is currently hard-coded to write rST, and so can not be used as a conventional MyST directive. Instead the special eval-rst directive can be used to “wrap” the autodoc directives:

.. autoclass:: myst_parser.mocking.MockRSTParser
    :members: parse
class myst_parser.mocking.MockRSTParser(rfc2822=False, inliner=None)[source]

Bases: docutils.parsers.rst.Parser

RSTParser which avoids a negative side effect.

parse(inputstring: str, document: docutils.nodes.document)[source]

Parse the input to populate the document AST.

As with other objects in MyST, this can then be referenced:

Show backticks inside raw markdown blocks

If you’d like to show backticks inside of your markdown, you can do so by nesting them in backticks of a greater length. Markdown will treat the outer-most backticks as the edges of the “raw” block and everything inside will show up. For example:

`` `hi` `` will be rendered as: `hi`



will be rendered as:


Automatically create targets for section headers


New in v0.13.0 ✨, myst-parser now provides a separate implementation of autosectionlabel, which implements GitHub Markdown style bookmark anchors, like [](

See the Auto-generated header anchors section of extended syntaxes.

If you’d like to automatically generate targets for each of your section headers, check out the autosectionlabel sphinx feature. You can activate it in your Sphinx site by adding the following to your file:

extensions = [

# Prefix document path to section labels, to use:
# `path/to/file:heading` instead of just `heading`
autosectionlabel_prefix_document = True

So, if you have a page at myfolder/ (relative to your documentation root) with the following structure:

# Title

## My Subtitle

Then the autosectionlabel feature will allow you to reference the section headers like so:

{ref}`path/to/file_1:My Subtitle`