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ApexDoc is a java app that you can use to document your Salesforce Apex classes. You tell ApexDoc where your class files are, and it will generate a set of static HTML pages that fully document each class, including its properties and methods. Each static HTML page will include an expandable menu on its left hand side, that shows a 2-level tree structure of all of your classes. Command line parameters allow you to control many aspects of ApexDoc, such as providing your own banner HTML for the pages to use.


ApexDoc was originally created by Aslam Bari ( It was then taken and extended by David Habib, at Groundwire, in 2011. It has subsequently been enhanced by David Habib of the Salesforce Foundation in late 2014 for use with Nonprofit Success Pack ( We are unable to offer direct support of reported issues or incorporate enhancement requests at this time, however pull requests are welcome.

Command Line Parameters

parameter description
-s source_directory The folder location which contains your apex .cls classes.
-t target_directory The folder location where documentation will be generated to.
-g source_url A URL where the source is hosted (so ApexDoc can provide links to your source). Optional.
-h home_page The full path to an html file that contains the contents for the home page's content area. Optional.
-a banner_page The full path to an html file that contains the content for the banner section of each generated page. Optional.
-p scope A semicolon separated list of scopes to document. Defaults to 'global;public;webService'. Optional.


Copy apexdoc.jar file to your local machine, somewhere on your path. Each release tag in gitHub has the matching apexdoc.jar attached to it. Make sure that java is on your path. Invoke ApexDoc like this example:

java -jar apexdoc.jar
    -s '/Users/dhabib/Workspaces/ IDE/Cumulus3/src/classes'
    -t '/Users/dhabib/Dropbox/Cumulus/ApexDoc'
    -p 'global;public;private;testmethod;webService'
    -h '/Users/dhabib/Dropbox/Cumulus/ApexDoc/homepage.htm'
    -a '/Users/dhabib/Dropbox/Cumulus/ApexDoc/projectheader.htm'
    -g ''

Documenting Class Files

ApexDoc scans each class file, and looks for comment blocks with special keywords to identify the documentation to include for a given class, property, or method. The comment blocks must always begin with /* (or additional 's) and can cover multiple lines. Each line must start with (or whitespace and then ). The comment block ends with */. Special tokens are called out with @token.

Class Comments

Located in the lines above the class declaration. The special tokens are all optional.

token description
@author the author of the class
@date the date the class was first implemented
@group a group to display this class under, in the menu hierarchy
@group-content a relative path to a static html file that provides content about the group
@description one or more lines that provide an overview of the class


* @author Foundation
* @date 2014
* @group Accounts
* @group-content ../../ApexDocContent/Accounts.htm
* @description Trigger Handler on Accounts that handles ensuring the correct system flags are set on
* our special accounts (Household, One-to-One), and also detects changes on Household Account that requires
* name updating.
public with sharing class ACCT_Accounts_TDTM extends TDTM_Runnable {

Property Comments

Located in the lines above a property. The special tokens are all optional.

token description
@description one or more lines that describe the property


    * @description specifies whether state and country picklists are enabled in this org.
    * returns true if enabled.
    public static Boolean isStateCountryPicklistsEnabled {
        get {

Method Comments

In order for ApexDoc to identify class methods, the method line must contain an explicit scope (global, public, private, testMethod, webService). The comment block is located in the lines above a method. The special tokens are all optional.

token description
@description one or more lines that provide an overview of the method
@param param name a description of what the parameter does
@return a description of the return value from the method
@example Example code usage. This will be wrapped in tags to preserve whitespace


    * @description Returns field describe data
    * @param objectName the name of the object to look up
    * @param fieldName the name of the field to look up
    * @return the describe field result for the given field
    * @example
    * Account a = new Account();
    public static Schema.DescribeFieldResult getFieldDescribe(String objectName, String fieldName) {