Building Javadocs from the Command Line

Some IDEs provide support for generating HTML from Javadocs automatically, but this can also be achieved using the command line:

javadoc tool

The most basic usage of the tool is the line below:


That will generate HTML from the Javadoc comments in

A more practical use of the command line tool, that will recursively read all Java files in [source-directory], create documentation for the [] and all sub-packages, and also place the generated HTML in the [docs-directory] is:

javadoc -d [docs-directory] -subpackages -sourcepath [source-directory] []
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