Adding Examples

This is a page for adding examples to the documentation. Here are some guidelines you should follow before you publish your examples.

Guidelines for examples

Everybody is welcome to contribute examples to the documentation. Since straightforward examples are a great resource for quickly learning manim, here are some guidelines.

What makes a great example


As soon as a new version of manim is released, the documentation will be a snapshot of that version. Examples contributed after the release will only be shown in the latest documentation.

  • Examples should be ready to copy and paste for use.

  • Examples should be brief yet still easy to understand.

  • Examples don’t require the from manim import * statement, this will be added automatically when the docs are built.

  • There should be a balance of animated and non-animated examples.

  • As manim makes animations, we can include lots of animated examples; however, our RTD has a maximum 20 minutes to build. Animated examples should only be used when necessary, as last frame examples render faster.

  • Lots of examples (e.g. size of a plot-axis, setting opacities, making texts, etc.) will also work as images. It is a lot more convenient to see the end product immediately instead of waiting for an animation to reveal it.

  • Please ensure the examples run on the current main branch when you contribute an example.

  • If the functions used are confusing for people, make sure to add comments in the example to explain what they do.

How examples are structured

  • Examples can be organized into chapters and subchapters.

  • When you create examples, the beginning example chapter should focus on only one functionality. When the functionality is simple, multiple ideas can be illustrated under a single example.

  • As soon as simple functionalities are explained, the chapter may include more complex examples which build on the simpler ideas.

Writing examples

When you want to add/edit examples, they can be found in the docs/source/ directory, or directly in the manim source code (e.g. manim/mobject/ The examples are written in rst format and use the manim directive (see manim.utils.docbuild.manim_directive ), .. manim::. Every example is in its own block, and looks like this:


.. manim:: Formula1

    class Formula1(Scene):
        def construct(self):
            t = MathTex(r"\int_a^b f'(x) dx = f(b) - f(a)")

In the building process of the docs, all rst files are scanned, and the manim directive (.. manim::) blocks are identified as scenes that will be run by the current version of manim. Here is the syntax:

  • .. manim:: [SCENE_NAME] has no indentation and SCENE_NAME refers to the name of the class below.

  • The flags are followed in the next line (no blank line here!), with the indentation level of one tab.

All possible flags can be found at manim.utils.docbuild.manim_directive.

In the example above, the Formula1 following .. manim:: is the scene that the directive expects to render; thus, in the python code, the class has the same name: class Formula1(Scene).


Sometimes, when you reload an example in your browser, it has still the old website somewhere in its cache. If this is the case, delete the website cache, or open a new incognito tab in your browser, then the latest docs should be shown. Only for locally built documentation: If this still doesn’t work, you may need to delete the contents of docs/source/references before rebuilding the documentation.