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SilverStripe API docs for the core system in different versions, generated through APIGen.

  • The documentation is generated from working copies located in src/. This folder is initially empty, the working copies are created through makedocs.sh.
  • The PHP code does not have to be accessible through the website, all documents are static HTML files.
  • All generated content to be viewed publicly should be stored in the htdocs/ subfolder.
  • Set up your vhost to serve from htdocs folder.


  • Git
  • Composer
  • PHP 5 (for the symbol lookup only)


  1. Clone the repo to your local development environment
  2. Run composer install which will install apigen
  3. Run makedoc.sh to build the static API docs (will take some time and generates ~900Mb new files)


Generate the Docs

  • Run the makedoc.sh script as a cronjob, usually a nightly run at 3am is fine: 0 3 * * * /sites/ss2api/www/makedoc.sh
  • Configure the Google CSE and Analytics keys in conf/apigen/apigen.neon

Add a New Version

  • Copy a version section block in makedoc.sh and update the version number
  • Update the .gitignore to ignore any new files generated in htdocs (you don't want to commit the static generated files!)
  • Run makedoc.sh and confirm the generation runs through properly
  • Make a commit of the updated makedoc.sh
  • Update the redirections in htdocs/.htaccess to the stable version number
  • Make a separate commit with the redirection (explained in deployment below)

Deployment to production

  1. Raise a ticket with ops team (they have to run a script after deployment)
  2. Login to SilverStripe Platform (you'll need to ensure you have "api" stack permissions)
  3. Deploy the commit that contains the update to makedoc.sh
  4. Ops will run this script to generate the new static files.
  5. Once this is complete, deploy the commit with the redirects.

Symbol Lookup

The project comes with a simple PHP script to convert PHP symbols (classes, methods, properties) to their URL representations in the API docs, and redirects there. The lookup is primarily used by doc.silverstripe.org to drive its custom [api:<symbol-name>] links in Markdown, without coupling it tightly to the used API generator URL layout.


  • q: (required) Class name, method name (<class>::<method>() or ->()), as well as property name ((::$or <class>-><property>).
  • version: (optional) Version of the targeted module. Should map to a folder name. Defaults to trunk.
  • module: (optional) Module name. Should map to a folder name. Defaults to framework.


  • /search/lookup.php?q=DataObject: Shows DataObject docs in trunk version of framework
  • /search/lookup.php?q=DataObject::get()&version=3.0: Shows DataObject::get() docs in 3.0 version of framework
  • /search/lookup.php?q=DPSPayment&module=payemtn: Shows DPSPayment class docs in the ecommerce module