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RESTful web API Documentation Generator.

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apiDoc creates a documentation from API descriptions in your source code.

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Example output.


$ npm install -g apidoc


Add some apidoc comments anywhere in your source code:

/\*\* \* @api {get} /user/:id Request User information \* @apiName GetUser \* @apiGroup User \* \* @apiParam {Number} id User's unique ID. \* \* @apiSuccess {String} firstname Firstname of the User. \* @apiSuccess {String} lastname Lastname of the User. \*/

Now generate the documentation from





$ apidoc -i src/ -o doc/

This repository contains and


folder from which you can generate a very complete documentation on an example api endpoint. It also contains best practice hints (in the


$ git clone && cd apidoc $ npm install --prod $ ./bin/apidoc -i example -o /tmp/doc $ $BROWSER /tmp/doc

Docker image

You can use apidoc in Docker like this:

# first build the image after cloning this repository docker build -t apidoc/apidoc . # run it docker run --rm -v $(pwd):/home/node/apidoc apidoc/apidoc -o outputdir -i inputdir

Supported programming languages

  • C#, Go, Dart, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Scala (all DocStyle capable languages):
/\*\* \* This is a comment. \*/
  • Clojure:
;;;; ;; This is a comment. ;;;;
  • CoffeeScript:
### This is a comment. ###
  • Elixir:
#{ # This is a comment. #}
  • Erlang:
%{ % This is a comment. %}
  • Perl
#\*\* # This is a comment. #\*
=pod This is a comment. =cut
  • Python
""" This is a comment. """
  • Ruby
=begin This is a comment. =end

Plugins (extend apiDoc)

apiDoc will auto include installed plugins.

  • apidoc-plugin-schema Generates and inject apidoc elements from api schemas.
    npm install apidoc-plugin-schema

For details and an example on how to implement your own plugin, please view apidoc-plugin-test.


Please create a new issue if you have a suggestion/question or if you found a problem/bug.


apiDoc is a collaborative project. Pull requests are welcome. Please see the CONTRIBUTING file.


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