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JSDoc 3

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An API documentation generator for JavaScript.

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Installation and Usage

JSDoc supports Node.js 4.2.0 and later. You can install JSDoc globally or in your project's node_modules folder.

To install the latest version on npm globally (may require sudo; learn how to fix this):

npm install -g jsdoc

To install the latest version on npm locally and save it in your package's package.json file:

npm install --save-dev jsdoc

Note: By default, npm adds your package using the caret operator in front of the version number (for example, ^3.5.2). We recommend using the tilde operator instead (for example, ~3.5.2), which limits updates to the most recent patch-level version. See this Stack Overflow answer for more information about the caret and tilde operators.

To install the latest development version locally, without updating your project's package.json file:

npm install git+

If you installed JSDoc locally, the JSDoc command-line tool is available in ./node_modules/.bin. To generate documentation for the file yourJavaScriptFile.js:

./node_modules/.bin/jsdoc yourJavaScriptFile.js

Or if you installed JSDoc globally, simply run the jsdoc command:

jsdoc yourJavaScriptFile.js

By default, the generated documentation is saved in a directory named out. You can use the --destination (-d) option to specify another directory.

Run jsdoc --help for a complete list of command-line options.

Templates and Tools

The JSDoc community has created numerous templates and other tools to help you generate and customize your documentation. Here are just a few:


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JSDoc 3 is copyright (c) 2011-present Michael Mathews and the contributors to JSDoc.

JSDoc 3 is free software, licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. See the file in this distribution for more details.