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Stable release
2.9.0 / May 22, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-05-22)
Written inPHP
PlatformWeb application
TypeDocumentation generator
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License

phpDocumentor is an open-source documentation generator written in PHP. It automatically parses PHP source code and produces readable API and source code documentation in a variety of formats. phpDocumentor generates documentation based on PHPDoc-formatted comments and the structure of the source code itself. It supports documentation of both object-oriented and procedural code. phpDocumentor can create documentation in HTML, PDF, CHM or Docbook formats. It can be used from the command line or via a web interface. It has support for linking between documentation, incorporating user level documents like tutorials, and creation of highlighted source code with cross referencing to PHP general documentation. phpDocumentor is able to parse all PHP syntax and supports PHP4 and PHP5, although legacy phpDocumentor 1.4.4 does not support all features of PHP 5.3. It is an open source project and is distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

In March 2012, it was revealed that the DocBlox project was merged with the 1.x branch of phpDocumentor, resulting in a new major version release of phpDocumentor; phpDocumentor 2.[1] The first alpha was released on March 16, 2012. Unlike its version 1 predecessor, phpDocumentor 2 supports syntax for PHP 5.3 and newer. It also includes several speed and performance improvements .[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "DocBlox is unmasked … it is really phpDocumentor 2!". Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.