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Documentation generator for TypeScript projects.

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Documentation generator for TypeScript projects.

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Visit our website for more complete documentation and example API documentation:

There you can find an installation guide explaining how to use typedoc from the cli, webpack, grunt, or gulp. There are additional guides explaining how to extend typedoc using plugins and themes.


TypeDoc runs on Node.js and is available as an NPM package. You can install TypeDoc in your project's directory as usual:

$ npm install typedoc --save-dev

Like the TypeScript compiler, TypeDoc comes with a binary that can be called from anywhere if you install TypeDoc as a global module. The name of the executable is

$ npm install typedoc --global
$ typedoc



TypeDoc accepts most of the command line arguments that the TypeScript compiler accepts. One major difference is the fact that one may pass an entire directory instead of individual files to the documentation generator. So in order to create a documentation for an entire project you simply type:

$ typedoc --out path/to/documentation/ path/to/typescript/project/


For a complete list of the command line arguments run

typedoc --help
or visit our website.
  • --out 

    Specifies the location the documentation should be written to. Defaults to
  • --mode 

    Specifies the output mode the project is used to be compiled with.
  • --options

    Specify a json option file that should be loaded. If not specified TypeDoc will look for 'typedoc.json' in the current directory.
  • --json 

    Specifies the location and file name a json file describing the project is written to. When specified no documentation will be generated.
  • --ignoreCompilerErrors

    Allows TypeDoc to still generate documentation pages even after the compiler has returned errors.

Source file handling

  • --exclude 

    Exclude files by the given pattern when a path is provided as source. Supports standard minimatch patterns (see #170)
  • --includeDeclarations

    Turn on parsing of .d.ts declaration files.
  • --excludeExternals

    Do not document external files, highly recommended if turning on
  • --excludeNotDocumented

    Do not include the code symbols, that don't have doc comments. This option is useful, if you want to document only small part of your symbols and do not show the remaining ones in the documentation.

TypeScript compiler

  • --tsconfig 

    Specify a typescript config file that should be loaded. If not specified TypeDoc will look for 'tsconfig.json' in the current directory.


  • --theme 

    Specify the path to the theme that should be used.
  • --name 

    Set the name of the project that will be used in the header of the template.
  • --readme 

    Path to the readme file that should be displayed on the index page. Pass
    to disable the index page and start the documentation on the globals page.


  • --listInvalidSymbolLinks

    Display the list of links that don't point to actual code symbols.
  • --version

    Display the version number of TypeDoc.
  • --help

    Display all TypeDoc options.


This project is maintained by a community of developers. Contributions are welcome and appreciated. You can find TypeDoc on GitHub; feel free to start an issue or create a pull requests:

For more information, read the contribution guide.


Copyright (c) 2015 Sebastian Lenz.
Copyright (c) 2016-2020 TypeDoc Contributors.
Licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

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