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    Grunt plugin to create a documentation like AngularJS. Forked from grunt-ngdocs.

    NOTE: this plugin requires Grunt >=0.4.x and is in BETA.

    ATTENTION: grunt-ngdocs 0.2+ is for angularjs 1.2+ grunt-ngdocs 0.2.5 supports angularjs 1.3+ too. grunt-uidocs-generator supports angularjs 1.6+. Please include angular, angular-animate and marked in the scripts option

    Getting Started

    From the same directory as your project's Gruntfile and package.json, install this plugin with the following command:

    npm install grunt-uidocs-generator --save-dev

    Once that's done, add this line to your project's Gruntfile:


    A full working example can be found at the grunt-uidocs github page


    Inside your Gruntfile.js file, add a section named uidocs. Here's a simple example:

    uidocs-generator: {
      all: ['src/**/*.js']

    And with many options:

    uidocs-generator: {
      options: {
        dest: 'docs',
        scripts: ['../app.min.js'],
        html5Mode: true,
        startPage: '/api',
        title: "My Awesome Docs",
        image: "path/to/my/image.png",
        imageLink: "",
        titleLink: "/api",
        inlinePartials: true,
        bestMatch: true,
        analytics: {
          account: 'UA-08150815-0'
        discussions: {
          shortName: 'my',
          url: '',
          dev: false
      tutorial: {
        src: ['content/tutorial/*.md'],
        title: 'Tutorial'
      api: {
        src: ['src/**/*.js', '!src/**/*.spec.js'],
        title: 'API Documentation'


    Each grunt target creates a section in the documentation app.


    [required] List of files to parse for documentation comments.


    [default] 'API Documentation'

    Set the name for the section in the documentation app.


    [default] true for target api

    Set the sidebar to advanced mode, with sections for modules, services, etc.



    [default] 'docs'

    Folder relative to your Gruntfile where the documentation should be built.


    [default] ['angular', 'angular-animate']

    Set which angular.js file or additional custom js files are loaded to the app. This allows the live examples to use custom directives, services, etc. The documentation app works with angular.js >= 1.6.0. If .js extension is not provided, it assumes the file is a thirdparty module and gets the minified form of that file from 'node_modules/[module]/[module].min.js'

    Possible values:

    • ['angular', 'angular-animate', 'marked'] use angular, angular-animate and marked from your node_modules folder
    • ['path/to/file.js'] file will be copied into the docs, into a grunt-scripts folder
    • ['', '', '//'] reference remote files (eg from a CDN)
    • ['../app.js'] reference file relative to the dest folder


    [default] false

    If you want to use requirejs as loader set this to true.

    Include 'js/angular-bootstrap.js', 'js/angular-bootstrap-prettify.js', 'js/docs-setup.js', 'js/docs.js' with requirejs and finally bootstrap the app angular.bootstrap(document, ['docsApp']);.


    [default] []

    Copy additional css files to the documentation app


    [default] null

    Allow to use your own template. Use the default template at src/templates/index.tmpl as reference.


    [default] node_modules

    If you want thirdparty modules to be loaded from a different location than node_modules, you can set that path here.


    [default] '/api'

    Set first page to open.


    [default] false

    Whether or not to enable html5Mode in the docs application. If true, then links will be absolute. If false, they will be prefixed by #!/.


    [default] false

    The best matching page for a search query is highlighted and get selected on return. If this option is set to true the best match is shown below the search field in an dropdown menu. Use this for long lists where the highlight is often not visible.


    [default] "name" or "title" field in pkg

    Title to put on the navbar and the page's title attribute. By default, tries to find the title in the pkg. If it can't find it, it will go to an empty string.


    [default] no anchor tag is used

    Wraps the title text in an anchor tag with the provided URL.


    A URL or relative path to an image file to use in the top navbar.


    [default] no anchor tag is used

    Wraps the navbar image in an anchor tag with the provided URL.


    [default] null

    Path to a template of a nav HTML template to include. The css for it should be that of listitems inside a bootstrap navbar:

    <header class="header">
      <div class="navbar">
        <ul class="nav">
          {{links to all the docs pages}}

    Example: 'templates/my-nav.html' The template, if specified, is pre-processed using grunt.template.


    Each grunt target creates a section in the documentation app.


    [default] true

    Display "View source" link. Possible values are

    • true: try to read repository from package.json (currently only github is supported)

    • false: don't display link

    • string: template string like 'https://internal.server/repo/blob/{{sha}}/{{file}}#L{{codeline}}'

      available placeholders:

      • file: path and filename current file
      • filename: only filename of current file
      • filepath: directory of current file
      • line: first line of comment
      • codeline: first line after comment
      • version: version read from package.json
      • sha: first 7 characters of current git commit


    [default] true

    Display "Improve this doc" link. Same options as for sourceLink.


    [default] true

    Show Edit Button for examples.


    [default] false

    If set to true this option will turn all partials into angular inline templates and place them inside the generated index.html file. The advantage over lazyloading with ajax is that the documentation will also work on the file:// system.


    Optional include discussions in the documentation app.

      shortName: 'my',
      url: '',
      dev: false


    Optional include Google Analytics in the documentation app.

      account: 'UA-08150815-0'


    Optional include Google Ads in the documentation app.

      client: 'ca-pub-6177019177103290',
      slot: '3609320072'

    How it works

    The task parses the specified files for doc comments and extracts them into partial html files for the documentation app.

    At first run, all necessary files will be copied to the destination folder. After that, only index.html, js/docs-setup.js, and the partials will be overwritten.

    Partials that are no longer needed will not be deleted. Use, for example, the grunt-contrib-clean task to clean the docs folder before creating a distribution build.

    After an update of grunt-uidocs-generator you should clean the docs folder too.

    A doc comment looks like this:

     * @uidoc directive
     * @name rfx.directive:rAutogrow
     * @element textarea
     * @function
     * @description
     * Resize textarea automatically to the size of its text content.
     * **Note:** ie<9 needs polyfill for window.getComputedStyle
     * @example
       <example module="rfx">
         <file name="index.html">
             <textarea ng-model="text"rx-autogrow class="input-block-level"></textarea>
    angular.module('rfx', []).directive('rAutogrow', function() {
      //some nice code

    See the AngularJS source code for more examples.


    If your examples are empty you maybe have batarang enabled for the docs site. This is the same issue as on and the batarang team is informed about it #68.


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