Yii 1.1: yiidocumentor

Yii command to generate API reference documentation for an extension, an application or the framework itself.

Yii Documentor

Yii Documentor is a Yii command that can be used to generate Yii style API reference for a Yii application, a Yii extension or the Yii framework itself.

When generating API reference for an application or an extension, it can be configured to add the framework API reference or to link to its external API reference. This is really useful because allow having an integrated documentation and Yii extension developers can provide an API reference consistent and already familiar for the community users.

For applications and extensions, it allows to add links to its code source in an external repository.



Please, if you are getting problems and also for security reasons read in the 'Configuration' section the information about the exclude option.

Launch new command doc with your protected/yiic file (or use yiic.php script, or yiic.bat in Windows):

yiic doc

Withous arguments, it just display instructions on how to use the command.

Following options are allowed. In all cases, <output-path> must already exists.

yiic doc yii <output-path>

Generate API reference documentation for the Yii framework and save it in <output-path> directory. For example, yiic doc yii doc.

yiic doc app <output-path>

Generate API reference documentation for the Yii application and save it in <output-path> directory. For example, yiic doc app doc.

yiic doc ext <output-path> <ext-directory-name>

Generate API reference documentation for a Yii extension located in extensions/<ext-directory-name> and save it in <output-path> directory. For example, yiic doc ext doc myextension.

Additionally, if second parameter is check it just checks if each piece of code is documented or not:

yiic doc yii check
yiic doc app check
yiic doc ext check <ext-directory-name>


For an application or an extension, Yii Documentor behaviour can be customized through an api.php configuration file.

This configuration file must be located in:


for an application, or in:


for an extension.

api.php must return an associative array. Following are accepted keys and the means of its values:

  • exclude: Array. List of directory and files to be excluded from the API. While building the API reference, Yii Documentor must include all the files to get the classes declared, so unexpected errors can arise or you can execute code you don't want to (if for example someday you decided to save a php file that remove completely your hard disk in a directory that now you are going to document). Use this option to exclude some extensions view directories and any other files that are giving you troubles. The base path is protected/ for an application and protected/extensions/<ext-directory-name> for an extension. Look at CFileHelper::findFiles $options parameter to get details on how to declare this array. Note that to exclude a folder/ you have to write folder (without last backslash).
  • name: String. The name of the application or the extension. If not set, the application name in main.php or console.php will be used for an application, or the extension's directory name for an extension.
  • url: String. A url to the homepage of the application or extension. It will be used to link the name. If it is not set, no link will be added.
  • source_url: String. A url that points to a respository where the source code is. Used in the links to source code. Ex: https://github.com/laMarciana/yiiDocumentor/blob/master
  • anchor_line_preffix: String. The preffix used before the line number in the anchor of the link to the repository source url. Ex: L, which together with source_url example will generate url's like https://github.com/laMarciana/yiiDocumentor/blob/master/DocCommand.php#L170
  • with_yii: Boolean. Whether to include Yii framework API reference or not. Defaults to false.
  • with_yii_links: Boolean. Wheter to include Yii framework API reference external links or not. Ignored if with_yii is true. Defaults to true.
  • console_application: Boolean. Used only for applications. Wheter it is a console application or, otherwise, a web application. Used to take the default application name from main.php or console.php. Defaults to false.

Here it is an example:

return array(
  'exclude' => array('gii'),
  'name' => 'My Yii Extenstion',
  'url' => 'http://www.myyiiextension.com',
  'source_url' => 'https://github.com/anyUser/MyYiiExtension/blob/master',
  'anchor_line_preffix' => 'L',
  'with_yii' => false,
  'with_yii_links' => true,



Copyright 2012, Marc Busqué Pérez, under GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE 3 marc@lamarciana.com - http://www.lamarciana.com

Heavily based on previous work of:

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See http://www.yiiframework.com/license/

Total 5 comments

#13406 report it
Marc Busque at 2013/05/27 02:31pm
Re: Not useful at all

@levgen, I preffer convention over configuration. Why do you need to change default structure? Anyway, feel free to submit a pull request with your needs in the project repository.

#13396 report it
Ievgen at 2013/05/27 06:38am
Not useful at all

Everything looks fine till the moment you need to customize your project - when it is different from "default" structure you have a lot of troubles.


  • A lot of hardcode path definitions
  • No Search functionality
#8353 report it
Marc Busque at 2012/05/28 09:56am
Re: Error in generating

I think the problem is the name you chose for the controller DefaultController. A class with that name is already declared by the Yii framework, so a conflict is arising when importing all the files to document, as the class is been declared twice. If you change that controller name everything should go fine.

#8352 report it
TBIKC at 2012/05/28 09:24am
Error in generating


Help please

#8275 report it
johonunu at 2012/05/22 12:37pm
Great :)

Really usefull when you need to generate documentation for your project. Keep up the good work ;)

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