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Tools To Help You Create API Documentation

Nowadays, many paid and free tools can help us make beautiful API documentation for our software projects. These are a few of them with an explanation of each advantage.

  1. RapiDoc
    This open-source tool can generate API documentation based on OpenAPI specifications. So, if you already use the Swagger tool to generate your documentation, you can use the configuration and generate a new documentation page instantly. To use RapiDoc, we can create an HTML file that includes the Javascript library provided by RapiDoc or we can include it in a Javascript framework like React and Vue. It is very customisable, we can add custom HTML or markdown in the generated documentation, apply a dark theme or custom style, create custom methods, and many more. It also supports in page console to try an API request.

  2. ReadMe
    It is a service that can transform static API documentation into interactive developer hubs. Developer hubs mean it can monitor developer activities that interact with the API endpoints and provide metrics and insight. Later, the result can be used to improve the API or to manage necessary updates. It is available for free and paid subscription for more features. ReadMe is a complete solution for generating API documentation from the creation, distribution, and monitoring.




  3. Redocly
    It is quite similar to ReadMe with a cheaper cost and a focus on integration, deployment, and delivery of your API documentation. The main design of the documentation page uses a three-column design where the right side is used for previewing sample code. Redocly is also available in free and paid subscriptions. Besides, there is the community edition of this tool named Redoc.


  4. Stoplight
    This is another complete API documentation solution. The difference is that it focuses on the design flow of your API documentation creation. This tool is also part of SmartBear so if you already use SmartBear, the integration can be seamless. 

  5. DapperDox
    It is a lightweight and free solution to generate API documentation that focuses on the browseability of the content. We can use markdown to generate the content.


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