MOOSE Newsletter (December 2018)


Last month there were significant changes to the MOOSEDocs python API (see #12528). Hopefully, the only thing you will notice is improved performance, in particular the live reload should be more useful. It will now pick up pages that are created after it started as well as update pages that use the !include command automatically when the included page is modified.

The MOOSEDocs executable ( now has a --fast option, this option disables the slowest extensions (appsyntax and navigation) to allow for quicker builds of the complete website. It is also possible to disable any extension with the --disable option, use --help for more information.

If you are writing documentation for MOOSE itself, you will notice that the content location was changed for much of the documentation. Most of the content for the MOOSE framework level documentation is located in modules/doc/content. This change was made to limit the documentation with in the framework directory to the syntax and source pages only. This minimizes the amount of content that is included when applications include the framework documentation and also allows for framework level documentation to reference module content.

The capabilities of MOOSEDocs will continue to expand, in the coming months the support for LaTeX and PDF output will be the focus.

Website Examples

There are several MOOSE usage examples that have been added to the website ( The first several of these examples have been extensively improved and filled out. New users of MOOSE can use these examples as a tutorial of sorts to learn the basics of solving problems with MOOSE. Work will continue to improve website documentation for new users.

Tagging System

The tagging system is enabled for DG, Scalar, Interface, AD, Nodal, IntegratedBCs, and Dirac kernels. The capability has been used for an eigenvalue solver involving nodal kernels.