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Codeview, a new template for JSDoc Toolkit

I created a new HTML template for the Javascript documentation tool JSDoc, which is now free for download. It is tested in IE6 to IE9, FF3.6, Chrome 5 and Safari 4.

Download Codeview 1.2

The template is based on the basic template of JSDoc Toolkit. The HTML structure is basically the same, but with a new design for both desktop and mobile browsers.

Command line options

  • Set title -D="title:Estate Library"
  • Remove _global_ -D="noGlobal:true"
  • Make “Files” the homepage instead of “Classes” -D="index:files"

java -jar jsdoc-toolkit\jsrun.jar jsdoc-toolkit\app\run.js -d=Documentation\ -D="noGlobal:true" -D="title:Estate Library" -D="index:files" -t=jsdoc-toolkit\templates\codeview -p -v Javascript\Estate\Source\Estate*.js

Screenshots (version 1.1.2)

Codeview for desktops

Codeview for desktops

Codeview for handheld devices

Codeview for handheld devices


  • 1.2
    - Extra command line options, thanks to Aaron Wirtz
    - A more logical template structure, thanks to Aaron Wirtz
    - A quick filter, to filter the class list and methods
    - Some bug fixes, including one reported by Gregor
  • 1.1.2
    - Option for removing the _global_ link by adding -D="noGlobal:true" in the command line
  • 1.1.1
    - Styling fixes
  • 1.1
    - Support for mobile devices
    - Updated design and styling fixes
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  1. Sunil

    Awesome! I just used it. so much nicer than the original JsDoc Toolkit template.

    Good job!

  2. Wouter Bos

    *blush* Thank you. Just let me know if something goes wrong. I want to update the theme in a few months.

  3. Omar Abid

    Nice, couldn’t be better :) using it for my next script :) :)
    Thanks for the work you have put in it.

  4. Sean O Shea

    Hey Wouter,

    Really liked the look of your codeview template, so I took a crack at integrating it into my build process. Its head and shoulders above the default template that comes shipped with jsdoc – everything seems nicely spaced out and clean.

    One change I might suggest would be to put a overflow-x:auto or max-width on the li elements in the ‘classList’ ul. I have some pretty verbose class names and they are overflowing into the main pane in a few places.

    Other than that very small issue – thanks for making this template available.


  5. Wouter Bos

    *blush again* Thank you for the compliments. I indeed didn’t just style the HTML, I also spent some time styling the code as well. Nice that people can appreciate it. I’m going to add some more features to the template soon. I definitely will add some solution to the overflow issue as well, because it’s also a problem for my classes :)

  6. avid

    It’s really clean and easy to read, totally awesome. My docs just became a lot more useful. Thanks for making this!

  7. James Lau


    I’m trying to use your template. It seems like everyone knows what they are doing, I guess i”m the dumb one. How do i take your files and implement to the current default styling that I have? Do I just download and take your files and copy over to the existing one?

    Thanks much!


  8. Wouter Bos

    @James: we all have to figure out how things work, so no need for apologies :)
    What you must do is download the template and add it to the template folder of JsDoc Toolkit (\jsdoc-toolkit\templates). After that I run the following command in DOS prompt:
    java -jar jsdoc-toolkit\jsrun.jar jsdoc-toolkit\app\run.js Javascript\Estate\Source\Estate*.js -d=Documentation\ -t=jsdoc-toolkit\templates\codeview -p -v
    By the way: Javascript\Estate\Source\ is the path of my own code library.
    Let me know this clears thing up for you.

  9. Aaron Wirtz

    I’m using jsdoctoolkit to document a library which contains no components in the global namespace (as well it should not!), and as such the automatic inclusion of the “_global_” link in the class list has been bothering me. So here is a patch to your template to allow its suppression:

    — codeview/allclasses.tmpl 2010-09-27 21:57:48.000000000 +0000
    +++ templates/codeview/allclasses.tmpl 2010-11-07 05:44:31.000000000 +0000
    @@ -9,2 +9,3 @@

    + {! if(thisClass.alias != ‘_global_’ || !JSDOC.opt.D.noGlobal) { !}
    @@ -13,2 +14,3 @@
    + {! } !}

    Once applied, this patch will allow you to specify -D=”noGlobal:true” on the jsdoc commandline to suppress inclusion of the “_global_” link in the class list.


  10. Wouter Bos

    Thanks for the tip. I added it to the template and updated it to 1.1.2. I find the _global_ options annoying as well, but it has its use. Without it you never know for sure if a library creates some global variables or not.

  11. gregor

    hey, thanks for the template… noGlobal doesn’t work for me here… but this is a minor.

    running your template on a linux server i’ve got a case sensitive bug with the file: wbos.csstools.mediaqueryfallback.js

    gregor.patchIndex: jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/class.tmpl
    — jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/class.tmpl (revision 12)
    +++ jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/class.tmpl (working copy)
    @@ -14,7 +14,7 @@


    Index: jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/index.tmpl
    — jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/index.tmpl (revision 12)
    +++ jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/index.tmpl (working copy)
    @@ -13,7 +13,7 @@


    @@ -53,4 +53,4 @@
    wbos.CssTools.MediaQueryFallBack.LoadCss(’css/screen.css’, ‘css/handheld.css’, 660)

    \ No newline at end of file
    Index: jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/allfiles.tmpl
    — jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/allfiles.tmpl (revision 12)
    +++ jsdoc_toolkit-2.3.2/templates/codeview/allfiles.tmpl (working copy)
    @@ -14,7 +14,7 @@


    @@ -73,4 +73,4 @@
    wbos.CssTools.MediaQueryFallBack.LoadCss(’css/screen.css’, ‘css/handheld.css’, 660)

    \ No newline at end of file


  12. Wouter Bos

    Thanks for the bug report. I fixed the bug in version 1.2 that’s now available for download!

  13. Drew Wells

    I’m getting the error couldn’t open file jsdoc-toolkit/templates/codereview/publish.js with jsdoc-toolkit 2.3.2. I’ve tried various different ways of specifying the template relative, absolute, or named template. They all seem to end in the same error. I renamed the standard template to ‘fun’ and called ‘fun’ this worked fine. Not sure what the real error here is.

    js: Couldn’t open file “jsdoc-toolkit/templates/codereview/publish.js”.
    >> WARNING: Sorry, that doesn’t seem to be a valid template: jsdoc-toolkit/templates/codereview/publish.js : ReferenceError: “publish” is not defined.

    js: Couldn’t open file “codereview/publish.js”.

  14. Drew Wells

    I figured out my problem, thanks this works great

  15. Wouter Bos

    Thank you. I’m happy you have worked out that problem!

  16. Andreas Selle


    thank you very much for this great template!

    May I suggest a small feature for a future version? I modified the template for my purposes to exclude the “files” link in the menu and the “Defined in” references in class pages. Then I use the jsdoc option -s in order to omit any source code in the output. I think it really would be nice to have an option to omit the “files” link and “Defined in” references. Maybe it is even possible to automatically omit them, then when the jsdoc option -s was given.

  17. Benjamin

    First of all, thanks a lot for this template Wouter, it looks great!
    Second I have some questions:
    - I couldn’t get my javascript code syntax colored, is this not supported or I am doing something wrong?
    - On Google Chrome 10 I’m getting some errors:
    “Viewport argument “width” not recognized. Content ignored.
    Viewport argument “initial-scale” not recognized. Content ignored.
    Viewport argument “maximum-scale” not recognized. Content ignored.”

  18. Benjamin

    Wouter I took the liberty of modifying your template adding syntax highlighting using
    It works great, If you want I can send you the patch.

  19. Wouter Bos

    Sounds great! I’d like to see your patch!

  20. Wouter Bos

    Thanks. I’ll look into this

  21. Benjamin

    (Sorry for the delay)

    I publish the modified template at my javascript library project on GitHub, its here:

    there is a folder with the original codeview, and another named codeview-syntaxhighlight/

    basically the changes a made are:

    class.tmpl > modify class in all code examples this way:

    foot.tmpl > add syntax highlighting init:
    // Syntax Highlighting

    head.tmpl > add references to .js and .css files in this block:

    Add the files referenced on head.tmpl:

    Note: shThemeDefault.css can be replace to get some diferent styles, themes can be download from:

    As an example you can check this doc page I uploaded (there’s code at the bottom):

  22. Benjamin

    Ops, xml tags dissapeared,
    - class in pre tags is :”code brush: js”
    - the block of added references can be checked here (under “Syntax Highlighting” comment):

  23. Dave

    Thanks for providing this- it looks great.

    I have a longshot question for you about jsdoc. I’m trying to get the –exclude option working to exclude all js files that start with a certain string. The problem is I can seem to stumble upon the right regex expression to make this work. Any suggestions?

  24. Wouter Bos

    Sorry, but I’m no good with that either. You’ll most likely get a sane answer at

  25. gainover

    Thanks for your template, I have applied it to my project.

  26. Wouter Bos

    Code syntax coloring is not supported at the moment. The problem is that some people (well, me at least) do not just add JavaScript to the code example but also the accompanying HTML. I might build it into the template someday and make it optional.
    I fixed the Google Chrome 10. The new Codeview is downloadable from Github:

    …And sorry for the late reply…

  27. Romu

    Looks great, love it, Amazing job ;)

  28. Wouter Bos


  29. Jeaf

    Amazing!!! Does this template work fine in JSDOC3?

  30. Wouter Bos

    Thanks Jeaf!
    No, it does not work in JSDOC3. That is: I presume it won’t work. I might make a port for JSDOC3 by the time it’s out beta.

  31. wan halo

    Thumbs up! Thanks a bunch for sharing

  32. Willie

    one bug:
    “Generated on” month is incorrect,it give us previous month

  33. Wouter Bos

    I got a bug report via Github. It’s fixed now.

  34. Ishita

    This is awesome.
    So much better than the default template!
    Thanks Wouter.

    I am new to JSDoc and wondering if I can somehow tweak this template to output XML instead of HTML.
    What do i need to do in order to get that?
    Just specifiying the output ext. wont help I guess!

  35. Wouter Bos

    I’m sorry. The template is purely an HTML template. There is no switch to generate XML instead.

  36. Alex

    Could somebody please explain me how to generate docs with full namespace class names in the list, like com.example.MyClass ?

  37. Alex

    … to my previous comment. The namespace is defined by directory structure, no special annotations in sources.
    I’m using jsdoc-toolkit 2.4.

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