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CommandBox CFC to Markdown Docs

v2.5.3 CommandBox Modules

CommandBox CFC to Markdown Docs

A CommandBox custom command to generate markdown documentation from your CFCs.

Package Installation

You will need CommandBox installed to use this tool. If you're a CFML developer not using CommandBox, see my note on the bottom.

From within the terminal, simply run the following command to install the module.

box install commandbox-cfc-to-markdown-docs

Once the module is installed, it uses the command: markdowndoc or the alias mdd.

What it does

Running the command markdowndoc path/to/your/file.cfc reads/analyzes the component metadata for your file.cfc and uses this to generate a markdown documentation file. It ignores properties and private methods.

The documentation is sourced from your javadoc style comments. In particular, @hint for the primary documentation, and @doc for a reference to external documentation. You can provide additional hints for your function arguments using @arguementName comments.


You can see an example of how this command can be used on the eversigncfc repository. From the root of that project, the following command was used to generate the documentation: mdd path=eversign.cfc directory=docs/

A Note

This command was built to solve a problem I repeatedly encountered when working on documentation for API wrappers. Which is to say, it's designed to meet my needs. I realize that, currently, the flow/output may not be a good fit for other projects. I am very open to revising/restructing/expanding the command to better meet the needs of other developers, if there is interest in using it.


There are a handful of options for configuring the output.


Path to the CFC that you want to generate documentation for (required).


Destination directory to in which to generate the markdown file (default CWD)


Overwrite an existing markdown file if present (default false)


Template that controls how the markdown docs for each function are displayed.


Template that determines the layout of the markdown document.


Determines the order that functions are displayed in the generated output. The options are positional or alphabetical. The default is positional, which orders functions in the same order they appear in the CFC.


Generate a markdown file with the documentation (default true). If false, the generated markdown is output to the terminal.


Attempt to merge the generated CFC function documentation into the existing documentation file. Use with caution and inspect resulting file. (default false)

A Note on CommandBox for New Developers

If you're a ColdFusion developer and you're not already using CommandBox... you really, really should be. As I've said before, it's hard to explain how helpful it is. If have questions about CommandBox, feel free to ask me, or, for more professional help, ask Brad Wood.


I will attempt to document all notable changes to this project in this file. The format is based on Keep a Changelog.


[2.5.3] - 2022-01-05


  • Proper output of newlines when attempting merges of function docs

[2.5.2] - 2022-01-05


  • Better parsing of default values for arrays and structs

[2.5.0] - 2021-03-24


  • Parameter attemptMerge which attempts to merge the generated CFC function documentation into the existing documentation file. Use with caution and inspect resulting file.

[2.0.0] - 2021-01-26


  • A changelog
  • Parameter methodOrder which determines the order in which the functions are output


  • Order of parameters changed, with the addition of methodOrder. It was placed before generateFile. If calling the command with positional arguments, including generateFile, you may need to refactor.

[1.0.3] - 2020-11-23


  • Initial release

$ box install commandbox-cfc-to-markdown-docs

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