About Read the Docs

Read the Docs has grown substantially since its beginning as a weekend project. Today, we:

We host projects from all languages and programming communities. Some examples of projects that we host include:

Because of the growth and popularity of the service, the associated technical and operational support demands a good deal of labor. Where development can be sustained with community contributions, consistent support for users, maintenance, and on-call procedures require accountability and dedicated engineers. These types of roles are hard to accomplish on a volunteer basis.

To make sure these roles were filled, we decided to treat the project as a job – we formed a company and dedicated ourselves full-time to the project. Now, we would like to make sure that the service is sustainable and its costs are covered.

We are asking for your contributions to ensure continued operational and technical support for our community, as well as continued development.

Our primary goal is to cover the costs of supporting and maintaining Read the Docs for the next three months. We hope to account for the cost of at least one full-time engineer, which, at the rate of $50/hour, would cost $24,000 over the next three months. Covering labor costs would allow us to spend time supporting the site instead of seeking income elsewhere.


Our servers are graciously sponsored by Rackspace, at a value of $2,000 each month. They are our single largest sponsor, and Read the Docs wouldn't be possible without their generous support. You can view the full list of past sponsors in our documentation.

If you are a company that shares our passion for documentation, or if you want to support our mission, contact us for more information on sponsoring or advertising on Read the Docs.

Our Supporters

Below is a list of all the wonderful people who have supported our vision.


This program is modeled after the fantastic Django Fellowship. Thanks for the inspiration.