IntelliJ IDEA 13.1.0 Web Help

Some features described here are available in Ultimate edition only.

To make your code easy to use by other developers it is considered good practice to provide an HTML documentation of its Application Programming Interface (API). Such documentation can be generated automatically by the JSDoc tool. All you need, is supply your code with documentation comments in accordance with the JSDoc standard. The tool retrieves information from your comments and renders it in HTML using a built-in template.

You can find a detailed description of the JSDoc syntax with examples and explanation of their use in the article An Introduction to JSDoc.

IntelliJ IDEA creates stubs of JSDoc comments on typing the opening tag /** and pressing . If this feature is applied to a method or a function, @param tags are created. In any other places IntelliJ IDEA adds an empty documentation stub.

TODO patterns and Closure Compiler annotations inside documentation comments are also recognized and are involved in code completion, intention actions, and other types of coding assistance.

Documentation comments in your source code are available for the Quick Documentation Lookup and open for review on pressing or or or or or or or , or , or or or .

IntelliJ IDEA checks syntax in the comments and treats it according to the Code Inspections settings.

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Example of JavaScript comment

Consider the following function:

         function loadDocs(myParam1, myParam2){}

Type the opening documentation comment and press to generate the documentation comment stub:

* @param myParam1
* @param myParam2
To enable or disable automatic creation of documentation comments
  1. Open the Settings dialog box and navigate to the Editor. Smart Keys page.
  2. In the Enter section, select or clear Insert documentation comment stub check box.
To create a JSDoc comment block for a method or a function
  1. Place the caret before the method or function declaration.
  2. Type the opening block comment /** and press .
  3. Describe the listed parameters and return values.

Documentation comment can be created with the dedicated action Fix Doc Comment. It can be invoked by means of Find Action command.

Press , with the caret somewhere within a class, method, function, or field, which should be documented, and enter the action name Fix Doc String. The missing documentation stub with the corresponding tags is added. For example:

                * @param userInput 
                * @return 
               static boolean processRepeatConversion (@NotNull String userInput) {
    boolean repeatConversion = false;
    if (((userInput.equals("y")) || (userInput.equals("Y")))) {
    repeatConversion = true;
    return repeatConversion;


The next case lays with fixing problems in the existing documentation comments.

For example, if a method signature has been changed, IntelliJ IDEA highlights a tag that doesn't match the method signature, and suggests a quick fix.


Note that the action has no keyboard shortcut bound with it. You can do it as described in the section Configuring Keyboard Shortcuts.

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