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    Best Doxygen Alternatives

    Doxygen is described as 'tool for generating documentation from annotated C++ sources, as well as other popular programming languages like C, Objective-C, C#, PHP, Java, Python, IDL (CORBA, Microsoft, and UNO/OpenOffice flavors), Fortran, VHDL, Tcl, and to some extent D' and is a popular app in the Development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Doxygen for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Self-Hosted solutions and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Sphinx, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Doxygen are MkDocs (Free, Open Source), Daux.io (Free, Open Source), swagger.io (Free, Open Source) and Presidium (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 7, 2021

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      Sphinx is a tool that makes it easy to create intelligent and beautiful documentation, written by Georg Brandl and licensed under the BSD license.
    1. MkDocs is a fast, simple and downright gorgeous static site generator that's geared towards building project documentation. Documentation source files are written in Markdown, and configured with a single YAML configuration file.


    2. Daux.io is a documentation generator that uses a simple folder structure and Markdown files to create custom documentation on the fly. It helps you create great looking documentation in a developer friendly way.
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      Swagger is an open source RESTapi Documentation Tool.
      swagger.io vs Doxygen opinions
      This alternative is disputed. swagger.io is still a legitimate alternative to Doxygen, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      It seems to be limited to REST APIs.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      Swagger is for documenting REST APIs - not source code. Doxygen reads docblock comments ... Swagger does not
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      It is used to document REST APIs, where Doxygen is used to document libraries or source code, but not REST APIs
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    3. Easy Install and Upgrade. npm makes installation and upgrade a, trivial, single command activity. No need to modify your content during upgrades. Instant Publication.. Author and review content on your desktop, then publish via github pages with a single checkin.
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    4. DocFX generates Documentation directly from source code (.NET, RESTful API, JavaScript, Java, etc...) and Markdown files.
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    5. Codex is a simple file-based Markdown documentation platform built on top of Laravel. It's completely customizable and dead simple to use to create beautiful documentation. Features: * Laravel 4.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0.0 beta, released in July 2016, can be still downloaded from GitHub

    6. Sandcastle produces accurate, MSDN style, comprehensive documentation by reflecting over the source assemblies and optionally integrating XML Documentation Comments. Sandcastle has the following key features: * Works with or without authored comments
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      ApiGen is the tool for creating professional API documentation from PHP source code, similar to phpDocumentor 2 .
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    7. PHP documentation generator based on docblock parsing.
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