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:book: documentation for modern JavaScript

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The documentation system for modern JavaScript

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:date: Current maintenance status

  • Supports modern JavaScript: ES5, ES2017, JSX, Vue and Flow type annotations.
  • Infers parameters, types, membership, and more. Write less documentation: let the computer write it for you.
  • Integrates with GitHub to link directly from documentation to the code it refers to.
  • Customizable output: HTML, JSON, Markdown, and more



User Guide

Globally install

using the npm package manager:
$ npm install -g documentation

This installs a command called

in your path, that you can point at JSDoc-annotated source code to generate human-readable documentation. First, run
with the
option for help:

generate markdown docs for index.js and files it references

documentation build index.js -f md

generate html docs for all files in src

documentation build src/** -f html -o docs

document index.js, ignoring any files it requires or imports

documentation build index.js -f md --shallow

build and serve HTML docs for app.js

documentation serve app.js

build, serve, and live-update HTML docs for app.js

documentation serve --watch app.js

validate JSDoc syntax in util.js

documentation lint util.js

update the API section of with docs from index.js

documentation readme index.js --section=API

build docs for all values exported by index.js

documentation build --document-exported index.js

Commands: serve [input..] generate, update, and display HTML documentation build [input..] build documentation lint [input..] check for common style and uniformity mistakes readme [input..] inject documentation into your

Options: --version Show version number [boolean] --help Show help [boolean]


We have plenty of issues that we'd love help with.

  • Robust and complete
    support, including typedefs.
  • Strong support for HTML and Markdown output
  • Documentation coverage, statistics, and validation

documentation is an OPEN Open Source Project. This means that:

Individuals making significant and valuable contributions are given commit-access to the project to contribute as they see fit. This project is more like an open wiki than a standard guarded open source project.

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