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Parse documentation from codebases into markdown for easy doc creation. Argot is inspired by the traditional JavaDoc system.

Argot in Action

Check out Argot's Wiki where Argot is run against this repo.

Installation (for stable use) (manually)

  • Download the latest release
  • Move the jar to /usr/local
  • Add argot to your path. An example:
export PATH="/usr/local/argot"
  • Then add an alias
alias argot="java -jar /usr/local/argot.jar"

NOTE: On MacOS, all these changes took place in my .profile

  • Then reload your .profile in the terminal
$ . ~/.profile  

Installation (for development) and Building

  • Clone the Repo
  • Make sure Gradle is installed on your system
  • In the command line ...
$ cd $path_to_argot$
$ gradle run

Build a JAR

Simply run the following:

$ gradle clean
$ gradle fatJar

Then check under the /build/libs/ directory.

Run the jar using

$ java -jar $jar_name$

Different CLI Arguments During Testing

Parameters and all other options are handled through Gradle.

In the build.gradle file, there should be a snippet that looks like this:

// Arguments to pass to the application
args '-help'

Simply add whichever argument you need, followed by its parameter.

args '-p $path_to_src$
args '-d $path_to_dest$

All Supported Languages

The system is being designed to adjust parsing based on the supplied commenting style. Whether it be for Slash based languages like Java of C, to other commenting systems used in Python or Haskell. Instead of designing a specific language class and filling in the holes provided by the abstract class, new languages would be supplied through a simple constructor.

All tags must begin with a type tag, and end with a end tag.


* @type :: example
* @name :: test
* @end


# @type :: example
# @name :: test
# @end


<!-- @type :: example -->
<!-- @name :: test -->
<!-- end -->

The Markup

Escape Character

For this system, the character that will be used to denote specific information to be extracted is @. To keep this system operating correctly, @ cannot be used in any documentation. If @ is used intermittently in other comment blocks, the validity of the outputs can not be assured.

If your given language supports multi-line comments, then write all Argot documentation within those. If not, write single comments.

IMPORTANT: for languages that do not support multi-line comments like Java or C, the last tag in each set must have a @end.

Tags should be given in the form @tagName :: . Some examples will straighten this all out.

** NOTE:** Markdown can be included within the documentation itself, and it will be rendered on the final page.


  • FUNC - Tag for a function or method
  • VAR - Tag for a variable
  • CLASS - Tag for a class

Beginning the file

When beginning the file, you can use any of the following in any combination at the start of your class, before any declarations.

@class :: - The classname for the file

@description :: - Description of what the file does in relation to the project as a whole

@date :: - Date file was last modified

@version :: - Current version of file

@author :: - the author of the file. Multiple authors should be separated by a comma

@see :: - provides a link to another file in reference

@child :: - indicate the child of the class. Multiple children should have their own @child tag

@parent :: indicate the parent of the class

@note :: - notes any important information relevant to the file


* @type :: CLASS
* @class :: Example File
* @author :: Steven Hanna, Other People
* @date :: 7/25/16
* @version :: 0.1.0


# @type :: CLASS
# @class :: Example File
# @author :: Steven Hanna, Other People
# @date :: 7/25/16
# @version :: 0.1.0
# @end


Documentation for methods must begin before the method starts. Note: The actual body of the method is not analyzed, just the commented documentation.

@name :: - the name of the method. Note: If no name is given, the system will attempt to extract the name from method signature.

@description :: - description of the method in relation to the rest of the class. The description can span multiple lines

@author :: - author of the method

@date :: - date method was last updated

@param :: - one parameter the method takes. For each parameter, an new @param is used.

@return :: - what the method returns. If void, omit this doc.

@exception :: - an exception that might be thrown from this method

@thrown :: - an error that might be thrown from this method

@see :: - provides a link to external documentation

@note :: - notes any important information relevant to the method

* @type :: FUNC
* @name :: sampleMethod
* @description :: Provides a sample method for this example.
* Overflow text can continue here, but cannot go
* underneath `@`
* @param :: String text - text to be returned
* @return :: String text - text that is returned
public String sampleMethod(String text) {
  return text;

Variables / Instance Variables

Like methods, documentation for variables must begin before the variable is declared. Variables should only be documented upon declaration.

@name - the name of the instance variable Note: If no name is given, the system will attempt to extract the name from variable signature.

@description - description of the variable in relation to rest of the class

@see - provides a link to external documentation

* @type :: VAR
* @name :: exampleInt
* @type :: the type of the variable
* @description :: example integer variable
private int exampleInt;


Document routes, endpoints, and other REST API segments.

@route - the URL this documentation is about

@crud - the type of CRUD operation (PUT, DELETE, etc)

@param - parameters that this route might take

@sample - sample responses that the route might send back

   * @type :: REST
   * @route ::
   * @crud :: POST
   * @param :: temp - this is a test param
   * @param :: temp - this is a test param
   * @sample :: `200` - all good
   * @sample :: `404` - not found
   * @sample :: `500` - shit


  • Add TODO support