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Specifying Thumbnails in

This notebook doesn’t contain a nbsphinx-thumbnail cell tag nor cell metadata. Instead, in the file, a thumbnail is specified (via the nbsphinx_thumbnails option), which will be used in the gallery.

The keys in the nbsphinx_thumbnails dictionary can contain wildcards, which behave very similarly to the html_sidebars option.

The thumbnail files can be local image files somewhere in the source directory, but you’ll need to create at least one link to them in order to copy them to the HTML output directory.

You can also use files from the _static directory (which contains all files in your html_static_path).

If you want, you can also use files from the _images directory, which contains all notebook outputs.

To demonstrate this feature, we are creating an image file here:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
ax.plot([4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42])
plt.close()  # avoid plotting the figure

Please note that the previous cell doesn’t have any outputs, but it has generated a file named a-local-file.png in the notebook’s directory.

We have to create a link to this file (which is a good idea anyway): a-local-file.png.

Now we can use this file in our like this:

nbsphinx_thumbnails = {
    'gallery/thumbnail-from-conf-py': 'gallery/a-local-file.png',

Please note that the notebook name does not contain the .ipynb suffix.

Note that the following plot is not used as a thumbnail because the nbsphinx_thumbnails setting overrides the default behavior.

fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=[6, 3])
ax.plot([4, 9, 7, 20, 6, 33, 13, 23, 16, 62, 8], 'r:');