grunt plugin for angularjs documentation

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Grunt plugin to create a documentation like AngularJS NOTE: this plugin requires Grunt 0.4.x
ATTENTION: grunt-ngdocs 0.2+ is for angularjs 1.2+ grunt-ngdocs 0.2.5 supports angularjs 1.3+ too Please include angular.js and angular-animate.js with 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-ngdocs --save-dev
Once that's done, add this line to your project's Gruntfile:

A full working example can be found at


Inside your Gruntfile.js file, add a section named ngdocs. Here's a simple example:
ngdocs: {
  all: ['src/**/*.js']

And with many options:
ngdocs: {
  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/*.ngdoc'],
    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.js'
Set which angular.js file or addional 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 1.2+ and 1.3+. If you include your own angular.js include angular-animate.js too.
Possible values:
- 'angular.js' use angular and angular-animate 1.2.16 delivered with grunt-ngdocs - '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']);.


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 '/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.


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'

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-ngdocs you should clean the docs folder too.
A doc comment looks like this:
 * @ngdoc 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

Check out the Writing AngularJS documentation wiki article to see what's possible, or take a look at 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 http://docs.angular.js and the batarang team is informed about it #68.


MIT License