pdoc auto-generates API documentation that follows your project's Python module hierarchy. It requires no configuration, has first-class support for type annotations, cross-links between identifiers, comes with an integrated live-reloading web server, uses customizable HTML templates, understands numpydoc and Google-style docstrings, and is permissively licensed.
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API Documentation for Python Projects.
pdoc -o ./html pdoc generates this website: pdoc.dev/docs.
pip install pdoc
pdoc is compatible with Python 3.7 and newer.
pdoc your_python_module # or pdoc ./my_project.py
pdoc pdoc to see pdoc's own documentation,
pdoc --help to view the command line flags,
or check our hosted copy of the documentation.
pdoc's main feature is a focus on simplicity: pdoc aims to do one thing and do it well.
- Documentation is plain Markdown. There are no added special syntax rules.
- First-class support for type annotations and all other modern Python 3 features.
- Builtin web server with live reloading.
- Customizable HTML templates.
- Understands numpydoc and Google-style docstrings.
- Standalone JS-free HTML output without additional dependencies.
Under the hood...
pdocwill automatically link identifiers in your docstrings to their corresponding documentation.
__all__variable when present.
pdocwill traverse the abstract syntax tree to extract type annotations and docstrings from constructors as well.
pdocwill automatically try to resolve type annotation string literals as forward references.
pdocwill use inheritance to resolve type annotations and docstrings for class members.
If you have substantially more complex documentation needs, we recommend using Sphinx!
As an open source project, pdoc welcomes contributions of all forms.
Also, please feel free to join our developer Slack!
pdoc vs. pdoc3
This project is not associated with "pdoc3", which often falsely assumes our name. Quoting @BurntSushi, the original author of pdoc:
I'm pretty disgusted that someone has taken a project I built, relicensed it, attempted to erase its entry on the Python Wiki, released it under effectively the same name and, worst of all, associated it with Nazi symbols.
In contrast, the pdoc project strives to uphold a healthy community where everyone is treated with respect. Everyone is welcome to contribute as long as they adhere to basic civility. We expressly distance ourselves from the use of Nazi symbols and ideology.
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the pdoc README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.