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Documentation generator for PHP Code using standard technology (SRC, DOCBLOCK, XML and XSLT)

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phpDox is a documentation generator for PHP projects. This includes, but is not limited to, API documentation.

Build Status Scrutinizer Code Quality


User Installation

phpDox is shipping as a selfcontained executable phar archive. You can grab your copy here:

Installation is simple:

chmod +x phpdox.phar
sudo mv phpdox.phar /usr/bin/phpdox

You can now execute phpdox on the command line:

phpdox --version

If everything worked out, you should get an output like this:

phpDox 0.7.0 - Copyright (C) 2010 - 2014 by Arne Blankerts

Note: Starting with release 0.6.6 the pear package distribution is merely a wrapper for the selfcontained phar.

Note: Some Linux distributions ship PHP with ext/suhosin and disabled phar execution. To make use of phpDox in such an environment, you need to enable phar execution by adding phar to the executor white list: suhosin.executor.include.whitelist="phar"

Developer Installation

In case you want to go bleeding edge or hack on the source, you will have to clone this repository.

Note: The phpdox.php bootstrap file assumes that all depedencies have been installed using the PEAR Installer. In case you do clone the source repository and used composer for the dependency management, you have to use the provided wrapper in composer/bin/phpdox.

git clone git://
composer install

Usage Examples

You can run phpDox like this:

phpdox --help

As of version 0.4 phpDox requires an xml configuration file. In case a project you want to generate documentation for does not come with one, you can create it by calling

phpdox --skel > phpdox.xml.dist

Sample invocation to parse and generate output based on the default phpdox.xml configuration file

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