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Documentation of Python modules is most-often done by adding docstrings to your code. You can read a module's docstrings from the Python interactive prompt (the "REPL") by using the help() function. For example:

import distutils

The help() function uses Python's standard pydoc module, as does the pydoc command that comes with Python.

The various documentation tools available generally do one of two things:

Currently, the Python docs consist of 2 parts:

When writing documentation for your own modules (either as manuals or docstrings (preferably both)), I suggest you use a plain text markup such as reST or Markdown.

Automatic Python API documentation generation tools

Other projects that can be used to produce API documentation

Other documentation processing tools

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