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    Zero-config Hardhat plugin to generate documentation for all your Solidity contracts.

    • 🤪 Zero-configuration required
    • Compatible with latest Solidity versions (>= 0.8.0)
    • 🔍 Supports events, errors and external / public functions
    • 📖 Default output to Markdown
    • 🔧 Extendable using custom templates

    Want to see a live example? Check out Primitive documentation!

    📦 Installation

    First thing to do is to install the plugin in your Hardhat project:

    # Using yarn
    yarn add @primitivefi/hardhat-dodoc
    # Or using npm
    npm i @primitivefi/hardhat-dodoc

    Next step is simply to include the plugin into your hardhat.config.js or hardhat.config.ts file:

    // Using JavaScript
    // Using ES6 or TypeScript
    import '@primitivefi/hardhat-dodoc';

    And you're done! Documentation will be automatically generated on the next compilation and saved into the docs folder at the root of your project.

    📝 Usage

    The only requirement to use Dodoc is to comment your Solidity contracts using NatSpec format. For example, given the following function:

    /// @notice Does another thing when the function is called.
    /// @dev More info about doing another thing when the function is called.
    /// @param num A random number
    /// @return A random variable
    function anotherThing(uint256 num) external pure returns (uint256);

    Dodoc will take care of everything and will generate the following output:



    function anotherThing(uint256 num) external pure returns (uint256)

    Does another thing when the function is called.

    More info about doing another thing when the function is called.


    Name Type Description
    num uint256 A random number


    Name Type Description
    _0 uint256 A random variable

    Dodoc is compatible with all the NatSpec tags (except custom ones for now), and can generate documentation for events, custom errors and external / public functions.

    By default Dodoc generates new documentation after each compilation, but you can also trigger the task with the following command:

    # Using yarn
    yarn hardhat dodoc
    # Or using npx
    npx hardhat dodoc

    🔧 Config

    Dodoc comes with a default configuration but you can still tweak some parameters. To do it, change your Hardhat config file like this:

    import { HardhatUserConfig } from 'hardhat/config';
    import '@nomiclabs/hardhat-waffle';
    import '@nomiclabs/hardhat-ethers';
    import '@primitivefi/hardhat-dodoc';
    const config: HardhatUserConfig = {
      // Your Hardhat config...
      dodoc: {
        runOnCompile: true,
        debugMode: true,
        // More options...
    export default config;

    Here are all the configuration parameters that are currently available, but as said above, all of them are entirely optional:

    Parameter Description Default value
    runOnCompile True if the plugin should generate the documentation on every compilation true
    include List of all the contract / interface / library / folder names to include in the documentation generation. An empty array will generate documentation for everything []
    exclude List of all the contract / interface / library / folder names to exclude from the documentation generation []
    outputDir Output directory of the documentation docs
    templatePath Path to the documentation template ./template.sqrl
    debugMode Test mode generating additional JSON files used for debugging false
    keepFileStructure True if you want to preserve your contracts file structure in the output directory true
    freshOutput True if you want to clean the output directory before generating new documentation true

    💅 Customize

    Dodoc integrates a super cool template engine called SquirrellyJS, allowing anyone to create new output formats easily.

    You can checkout the default Markdown template to get some inspiration, as well as SquirrellyJS documentation to learn more about it. Feel free to be creative, any kind of output such as Markdown, MDX, HTML or even JSON is supported!

    Once you're satisfied, simply refer to your template using the templatePath parameter in your configuration and Dodoc will use it to output the documentation!


    Feel free to open an issue if you need help or if you encounter a problem! Here are some already known problems though:

    • Due to the technical limitations of the Solidity compiler, the documentation of private and internal functions is not rendered. Hence, the documentation of libraries might be close to empty!
    • Functions that are not commented at all might not be rendered.
    • State variables overriding functions defined by an interface might "erase" the name of the parameters. A current workaround is to name the function parameters using the _0, _1, ... format.
    • Special functions such as constructor, fallback and receive might not be rendered.
    • Custom NatSpec tags @custom:... are not rendered (yet).


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