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Documentation generator for TypeScript projects.

Build Status NPM version


TypeDoc runs on Node.js and is available as an NPM package. You can install TypeDoc in your project's directory as usual:

$ npm install typedoc --save-dev

Like the TypeScript compiler, TypeDoc comes with a binary that can be called from anywhere if you install TypeDoc as a global module. The name of the executable is typedoc.

$ npm install typedoc --global
$ typedoc


If you want to know what a documentation created with TypeDoc looks like, head over to the homepage of the project. We've setup examples demonstrating the two default themes shipped with the package:



TypeDoc accepts most of the command line arguments that the TypeScript compiler accepts. One major difference is the fact that one may pass an entire directory instead of individual files to the documentation generator. So in order to create a documentation for an entire project you simply type:

$ typedoc --out path/to/documentation/ path/to/typescript/project/

Important note

Starting with version 0.2, TypeDoc no longer can predict whether files should be treated as modules or whether the project should be compiled into one big namespace. You must specify the mode argument in order to change the behaviour of TypeDoc.


  • --out <path/to/documentation/>
    Specifies the location the documentation should be written to.
  • --mode <file|modules>
    Specifies the output mode the project is used to be compiled with.
  • --json <path/to/output.json>
    Specifies the location and file name a json file describing the project is written to. When specified no documentation will be generated.

Source file handling

  • --exclude <pattern>
    Exclude files by the given pattern when a path is provided as source
  • --includeDeclarations
    Turn on parsing of .d.ts declaration files.
  • --externalPattern <pattern>
    Define a pattern for files that should be considered being external.
  • --excludeExternals
    Prevent externally resolved TypeScript files from being documented.

TypeScript compiler

  • --module <commonjs or amd>
    Specify module code generation: "commonjs" or "amd"
  • --target <ES3 or ES5>
    Specify ECMAScript target version: "ES3" (default), or "ES5"


  • --theme <default|minimal|path/to/theme>
    Specify the path to the theme that should be used.
  • --name <Documentation title>
    Set the name of the project that will be used in the header of the template.
  • --readme <path/to/readme|none>
    Path to the readme file that should be displayed on the index page. Pass none to disable the index page and start the documentation on the globals page.
  • --hideGenerator
    Do not print the TypeDoc link at the end of the page.
  • --gaID
    Set the Google Analytics tracking ID and activate tracking code.
  • --gaSite <site>
    Set the site name for Google Analytics. Defaults to auto
  • --entryPoint <>
    Specifies the fully qualified name of the root symbol. Defaults to global namespace.


  • --includes <path/to/includes>
    Specifies the location to look for included documents. One may use [[include:FILENAME]] in comments to include documents from this location.

  • --media <path/to/media>
    Specifies the location with media files that should be copied to the output directory. In order to create a link to media files use the pattern media://FILENAME in comments.


  • --version
    Display the version number of TypeDoc.
  • --help
    Display a simple cheat sheet.


There is a plugin available to run TypeDoc with Gulp created by Rogier Schouten. You can find it on NPM:


There is a plugin available to run TypeDoc with Grunt created by Bart van der Schoor. You can find it on NPM:

Advanced guides and docs

Visit our homepage for advanced guides and an extensive API documentation:


Contributions are welcome and appreciated. You can find TypeDoc on GitHub, feel free to start an issue or create a pull requests:


Copyright (c) 2015 Sebastian Lenz.
Licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

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