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Version: 10.x


Every great API needs a great Documentation.

Apiato make writing and generating documentations very easy with the php artisan apiato:apidoc command.


  • Install ApiDocJs in the project directory

    • (npm install apidoc)
  • (Recommended) read the Routes page first.


composer require apiato/documentation-generator-container

This container is installed by default with an Apiato fresh installation.


Write PHP docblock

Write a PHP docblock on top of your endpoint like this:

For more info about the parameters check out ApiDocJs documentation

* @apiGroup Authentication
* @apiName UserLogin
* @api {post} /clients/web/login User Login
* @apiDescription Description Here....
* @apiVersion 1.0.0
* @apiPermission none
* @apiHeader Accept application/json
* @apiParam {String} email
* @apiParam {String} password
* @apiSuccessExample {json} Success-Response:
* HTTP/1.1 200 OK
* {
* "data": {
* "id": "XbPW7awNkzl83LD6",
* "name": "Super Admin",
* "email": "[email protected]"
* ...
* }
* @apiErrorExample {json} Error-Response:
* {
* "message":"401 Credentials Incorrect.",
* "status_code":401
* }
* @apiErrorExample {json} Error-Response:
* {
* "message":"Invalid Input.",
* "errors":{
* "email":[
* "The email field is required."
* ]
* },
* "status_code":422
* }

use App\Containers\AppSection\Authentication\UI\API\Controllers\Controller;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Route;

Route::post('clients/web/login', [Controller::class, 'proxyLoginForWebClient']);

All the Endpoint DocBlocks MUST be written inside Routes files, otherwise they won't be loaded.

Run Documentation Generator

Run the documentation generator command from the root directory:

php artisan apiato:apidoc

Error: ApiDoc not found !!

If you get an error (apidoc not found),

  1. Read about container customization

  2. Open the container config file app/Containers/Vendor/Documentation/Configs/vendor-documentation.php

  3. Edit the executable path to $(npm bin)/apidoc or to however you access the apidoc tool on your machine.

| Executable
| Specify how you run or access the `apidoc` tool on your machine.

'executable' => 'node_modules/.bin/apidoc',
// 'executable' => 'apidoc',

Visit Documentation URL's

Visit documentation URL's as shown in your terminal:


Every time you change the DocBlock of a Route file you need to run the apiato:apidoc command, to regenerate.

Shared Response

You can use shared responses to update the documentation faster, with less outdated responses and prevent duplicating the responses between routes.

Example: _user.v1.public.php will contain all responses (single, multiple...) of the User:

* @apiDefine UserSuccessSingleResponse
* @apiSuccessExample {json} Success-Response:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Usage of the shared User response from any endpoint:

* @apiUse UserSuccessSingleResponse

Change Documentation Routes

You can change the documentation routes by adding PUBLIC_DOCS_URL & PRIVATE_DOCS_URL to .env file.

For example:


Private Documentation Protection


By default, this feature is disabled in local environment and Private docs are not protected.
You can change this by adding PROTECT_PRIVATE_DOCS=true in .env file.

Private documentations route is protection with the auth:web middleware. In order to access it you need to have admin role or access-private-docs permission. To modify this behavior you can remove hasDocAccess from check() in GetPrivateDocumentationRequest and add your own role/permissions or update HasDocAccessTrait.

Read Documentation Customization Below:

Documentation Container Customization


This container works out of the box perfectly but if you want to change its configs or modify the codes you MUST follow these steps:

1- Copy the container from Vendor to AppSection (or any of your custom sections) of your project
2- Fix the namespaces
3- Remove apiato/documentation-generator-container dependency from project root composer.json
4- Update section_name & html_files in container configs
5- Update apidoc.json files in ApiDocJs/private & public folders and fix the filename

"header": {
"filename": "Containers/NEW_SECTION_NAME/Documentation/UI/WEB/Views/documentation/"

Edit Default Generated Values in Templates

Apiato by defaults generates 2 API documentations, each one has its own apidoc.json file. Both can be modified from the Documentation Containers in Containers/Vendor/Documentation/ApiDocJs/

Change the Documentations URL's

Edit the config file of the Documentation Container Containers/Vendor/Documentation/Configs/vendor-documentation.php

Edit the Documentation Header

The header is usually the Overview of your API. It contains Info about authenticating users, making requests, responses, potential errors, rate limiting, pagination, query parameters and anything you want.

All this information is written in app/Containers/Vendor/Documentation/ApiDocJs/shared/ file, and the same file is used as header for both private and public documentations.

To edit the content just open the markdown file in any markdown editor and edit it.

You will notice some variables like {{rate-limit}} and {{token-expires}}. Those are replaced when running apiato:apidoc with real values from your application configuration files.

Feel free to extend them to include more info about your API from the app/Containers/Vendor/Documentation/Tasks/RenderTemplatesTask.php class.

Localization for Documentation Header

Default, the documentation title is in English en localization.

See which locales are supported by going in app/Containers/Vendor/Documentation/ApiDocJs/shared/

There will be some header.template.{locale}.md files in the folder.

You can change the language by adding APIDOC_LOCALE=ru to the .env file.

If you didn't find a file with your locale, you can create it. You need to modify its source code and create new file like