Copyright © 1997-2001 by Dimitri van Heesch.
Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation under the terms of the GNU General Public License is hereby granted. No representations are made about the suitability of this software for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
Documents produced by Doxygen are derivative works derived from the input used in their production; they are not affected by this license.
Doxygen is a documentation system for C++, Java, IDL (Corba, Microsoft and KDE-DCOP flavors) and C.
It can help you in three ways:
- It can generate an on-line documentation browser (in HTML) and/or an off-line reference manual (in
) from a set of documented source files. There is also support for generating output in RTF (MS-Word), Postscript, hyperlinked PDF, compressed HTML, and Unix man pages. The documentation is extracted directly from the sources, which makes it much easier to keep the documentation consistent with the source code.
- Doxygen can be configured to extract the code structure from undocumented source files. This can be very useful to quickly find your way in large source distributions. The relations between the various elements are be visualized by means of include dependency graphs, inheritance diagrams, and collaboration diagrams, which are all generated automatically.
- You can even `abuse' doxygen for creating normal documentation (as I did for this manual).
Doxygen is developed under Linux, but is set-up to be highly portable. As a result, it runs on most other UNIX flavors as well. Furthermore, an executable for Windows 9x/NT is also available.
This manual is divided into two parts, each of which is divided into several sections.
The first part forms a user manual:
The second part forms a reference manual:
- Section Features presents an overview of what Doxygen can do.
- Section Doxygen History shows what has changed during the development of Doxygen and what still has to be done.
- Section Doxygen usage shows how to use the
- Section Doxytag usage shows how to use the
- Section Doxysearch usage shows how to use the
- Section Doxywizard usage shows how to use the
- Section Installdox usage shows how to use the
installdox script that is generated by Doxygen if you use tag files.
- Section Output Formats shows how to generate the various output formats supported by Doxygen.
- Section Automatic link generation shows how to put links to files, classes, and members in the documentation.
- Section Configuration shows how to fine-tune doxygen, so it generates the documentation you want.
- Section Special Commands shows an overview of the special commands that can be used within the documentation.
- Section HTML Commands shows an overview of the HTML commands that can be used within the documentation.
- Section Internationalization explains how to add support for new output languages.
Projects using doxygen
I have compiled a
list of projects
that use doxygen.
If you know other projects, let me know and I'll add them.
Although doxygen is used successfully by a lot of people already, there is always room for improvement. Therefore, I have compiled a
of possible and/or requested enhancements.
Thanks go to:
- Malte Zöckler and Roland Wunderling, authors of DOC++. The first version of Doxygen borrowed some code of an old version of DOC++. Although I have rewritten practically all code since then, DOC++ has still given me a good start in writing Doxygen.
- All people at Troll Tech, for creating a beautiful GUI Toolkit (which is very useful as a Windows/Unix platform abstraction layer :-)
- My brother Frank for rendering the logos.
- Harm van der Heijden for adding HTML help support.
- Parker Waerchter for adding the RTF output generator.
- Joerg Baumann, for adding conditional documentation blocks, PDF links, and the configuration generator.
- Matthias Andree for providing a .spec script for building rpms from the sources.
- Tim Mensch for adding the todo command.
- Ken Wong for providing the HTML tree view code.
- Jens Breitenstein, Christophe Bordeaux, Samuel Hägglund, Xet Erixon, Vlastimil Havran, Petr Prikryl, Ahmed Also Faisal, Alessandro Falappa, Kenji Nagamatsu, Francisco Oltra Thennet, Olli Korhonen, Boris Bralo, Nickolay Semyonov, Richard Kim, Földvári György, Grzegorz Kowal, and Wang Weihan for providing translations into various languages.
- The Comms group of Symbian for donating me an ultra cool Revo plus organizer!
- The band Porcupine Tree for providing hours of great music to listen to while coding.
- many, many others for suggestions, patches and bug reports.
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