AppCode 2023.1 Help

Code documentation

You can document your Swift and Objective-C code by adding documentation comments before the declarations of the symbols that you want to describe. Documentation comments use special syntax that make them different from the simple line // and block /*...*/ comments:

/// Line documentation comment /** * Block documentation comment */ /*! * HeaderDoc-style comment (Objective-C only) */

Documentation provided in these comments can be viewed in the Quick Documentation popup (Ctrl+Q).

Generate documentation comments

In AppCode, you can generate documentation stubs for methods and functions. Generated comments will include the list of all available parameters and the Returns and Throws keywords if a method or function returns or throws anything.

  1. Place the caret before the declaration of a function/method that you want to document.

  2. Depending on the comment syntax that you want to use, type /// (single-line comment), /** (block comment), /*! (HeaderDoc-style block comment, for Objective-C only) and press Enter:

    Create Swift comments
    Create Objective-C comments

Comments generated by AppCode use the Markdown formatting in Swift and the Javadoc like markup in Objective-C.

View documentation

Content of the comments becomes the documentation that you can view in the IDE.

  1. Place the caret at the symbol you want to view documentation for and press Ctrl+Q. Alternatively, hover the cursor over this symbol.

    If the symbol is supplied with proper documentation comments or SDK documentation, the Quick Documentation popup appears:

    Quick documentation popup
  2. If you want the documentation to be shown in a tool window, press Ctrl+Q twice.


While renaming a function or its parameters, the documentation comments need to be updated accordingly. After renaming (Shift+F6) parameters of a method or function, AppCode will also update all the references in documentation comments:

Rename comments

If a parameter name in documentation comments doesn't match the real parameter name, AppCode will suggest you to update the comments. To do this, place the caret at the parameter in the method definition, press Alt+Enter, and select Update doc comment.

Update doc comments

Typing assistance

Basic typing assistance for documentation comments is provisioned by AppCode auto-complete feature:

Autocomplete comments

Rendered view for documentation comments

With AppCode, documentation comments can be shown in an easier-to-read format. In this Rendered View mode, items are shown grouped by their tags, while the tags themselves are skipped.

Toggling rendered view for documentation comments

Toggle and configure the rendered view

  • To enter the Rendered View mode, hover the mouse pointer over a comment and click the Toggle Rendered View icon in the gutter or press Ctrl+Alt+Q. The icon turns into the Toggle Rendered View icon.

  • To quit the Rendered View mode, click the Toggle Rendered View icon in the gutter, or select Toggle Rendered View from the context menu of a documentation comment, or press Ctrl+Alt+Q.

  • To turn on the Rendered View mode for all documentation comments in the current file, select Render All Doc Comments from the context menu in the gutter.

    Enabling rendered view for all documentation comments
  • If necessary, select Adjust Font Size from the context menu and change the font size using the slider.

    Adjusting the font size in rendered view
  • To show all documentation comments rendered by default, open the Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to Editor | General | Appearance, and select the Render documentation comments checkbox.

    Turn on Rendered documentation comments by default
  • To hide the Rendered View gutter icons, select Configure Gutter Icons from the context menu in the gutter and then clear the Documentation comments in-place rendering checkbox on the Preferences | Editor | General | Gutter Icons page that opens.

Last modified: 13 February 2023