API Documentation generator for the Yii framework 2.0

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2.0.4 2015-05-10 22:07 UTC


This extension provides an API documentation generator for the Yii framework 2.0.

For license information check the LICENSE-file.

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The preferred way to install this extension is through composer.

Either run

php composer.phar require --prefer-dist yiisoft/yii2-apidoc

or add

"yiisoft/yii2-apidoc": "~2.0.0"

to the require section of your composer.json.


This extension offers two commands:

  • api to generate class API documentation.
  • guide to render nice HTML pages from markdown files such as the yii guide.

Simple usage for stand alone class documentation:

vendor/bin/apidoc api source/directory ./output

Simple usage for stand alone guide documentation:

vendor/bin/apidoc guide source/docs ./output

You can combine them to generate class API and guide documentation in one place:

# generate API docs
vendor/bin/apidoc api source/directory ./output
# generate the guide (order is important to allow the guide to link to the apidoc)
vendor/bin/apidoc guide source/docs ./output

By default the bootstrap template will be used. You can choose a different template with the --template=name parameter. Currently there is only the bootstrap template available.

You may also add the yii\apidoc\commands\ApiController and GuideController to your console application command map and run them inside of your applications console app.

Advanced usage

The following script can be used to generate API documentation and guide in different directories and also multiple guides in different languages (like it is done on yiiframework.com):


# set these paths to match your environment

./apidoc api $YII_PATH/framework/,$YII_PATH/extensions $OUTPUT/api --guide=../guide-en --guidePrefix= --interactive=0
./apidoc guide $YII_PATH/docs/guide    $OUTPUT/guide-en --apiDocs=../api --guidePrefix= --interactive=0
./apidoc guide $YII_PATH/docs/guide-ru $OUTPUT/guide-ru --apiDocs=../api --guidePrefix= --interactive=0
# repeat the last line for more languages

Creating a PDF of the guide

You need pdflatex and GNU make for this.

vendor/bin/apidoc guide source/docs ./output --template=pdf
cd ./output
make pdf

If all runs without errors the PDF will be guide.pdf in the output dir.

Special Markdown Syntax

We have a special Syntax for linking to classes in the API documentation. See the code style guide for details.

Creating your own templates


Using the model layer