Automatically generate API documentation for C language dialects
Generate C API documentation using libclang Python bindings.
For an example see the documentation.
Ideally, code should be self-documenting. To me that means little to no documentation should be needed in the code itself, as it strongly tends to harm readability if the code already explains itself. The remaining use-cases for documentation are typically
- API references, in particular assumed usage contracts
- usage examples
- installation instructions
- general introductions
This project focuses on generating API references, as the other use-cases tend to be written separate from the code.
The markdown-files generated by
clang-api-doc can be used in any way you wish to create your final
documentation, for example
- transform to a different format using
clang-api-doc package is on PyPI, so you can use
poetry, or whatever you like to install it,
pip install clang-api-doc.
To install it locally and in editable mode, simply install poetry and run
poetry install and to load the
virtual environment run
clang-api-doc once per file you wish to document, e.g.
clang-api-doc -i 'include/mylib/first.h' -o 'docs/first.md' clang-api-doc -i 'include/mylib/second.h' -o 'docs/second.md'
or once per folder, e.g.
clang-api-doc -i 'include/mylib/' -o 'docs/'
Python package usage
from clang_api_doc import clang_api_doc for file_in, file_out in zip(input_files, output_files): clang_api_doc.transform_file(file_in, file_out)
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