Automatically publish documentation using Autodocs

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I have been working on a NodeJs module quite diligently over the past couple of weeks, and I have finally cut a release that I am satisfied with releasing for wider use.


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Install it as a development dependency

npm install --save-dev autodocs

… and then add an autodocs hook to the scripts section of package.json:

"scripts": {
"autodocs": "node ./node_modules/autodocs"

… and then invoke the autodocs hook in .travis.yml

- npm run autodocs

Finally configure autodocs by specifying environment variables, also in .travis.yml. The only compulsory one is GH_TOKEN, a Github access token, which you will need to obtain from Github, and then encrypt using Travis.

Note that autodocs does not generate any documentation itself - it is designed to publish documentation from a continuous integration server. It expects there to be a hook named generatedocs the scripts section of package.json.

That’s all. Commit and push to your master branch, and you should get your documentation published to:

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There are quite a few options that you can configure.

For example, you can set it up such that:

  • the URL it publishes to is differrent,
  • it publishes to a different repository,
  • it publishes when a different branch, e.g. develop is pushed instead
  • it publishes when a release is cut - a tag is pushed

For these, and more options, see autodocs’ own documentation, which, you guessed it, is published by autodocs itself.

autodocs documentation

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At the moment, autodocs only supports on CI environment - Travis - and one publishing environment - Github Pages. Other CI environments and publishing environments can also be supported.

These, and other issues, can be found at autodocs roadmap

Contributions are most welcome!