Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to get information on the index page in HTML?

    You should use the \mainpage command inside a comment block like this:

    /*! \mainpage My Personal Index Page
     * \section intro Introduction
     * This is the introduction.
     * \section install Installation
     * \subsection step1 Step 1: Opening the box
     * etc...

  2. Help, some/all of the members of my class / file / namespace are not documented?

    Check the following:

    1. Is your class / file / namespace documented? If not, it will not be extracted from the sources unless EXTRACT_ALL is set to YES in the config file.
    2. Are the members private? If so, you must set EXTRACT_PRIVATE to YES to make them appear in the documentation.
    3. Is there a function macro in your class that does not end with a semicolon (e.g. MY_MACRO())? If so then you have to instruct doxygen's preprocessor to remove it.

      This typically boils down to the following settings in the config file:

      MACRO_EXPANSION        = YES
      PREDEFINED             = MY_MACRO()=

      Please read the preprocessing section of the manual for more information.

  3. When I set EXTRACT_ALL to NO none of my functions are shown in the documentation.

    In order for global functions, variables, enums, typedefs, and defines to be documented you should document the file in which these commands are located using a comment block containing a \file (or @file) command.

    Alternatively, you can put all members in a group (or module) using the \ingroup command and then document the group using a comment block containing the \defgroup command.

    For member functions or functions that are part of a namespace you should document either the class or namespace.

  4. How can I make doxygen ignore some code fragment?

    You can use Doxygen's preprocessor for this: If you put

     /* code that must be skipped by Doxygen */
    around the blocks that should be hidden and put:
    in the config file then all blocks should be skipped by Doxygen as long as PREPROCESSING = YES.

  5. How can I change what is after the #include in the class documentation?

    You can document your class like

    /*! \class MyClassName include.h path/include.h
     *  Docs for MyClassName

    To make doxygen put

    #include <path/include.h>

    in the documentation of the class MyClassName regardless of the name of the actual header file in which the definition of MyClassName is contained.

    If you want doxygen to show that the include file should be included using quotes instead of angle brackets you should type:

    /*! \class MyClassName myhdr.h "path/myhdr.h"
     *  Docs for MyClassName

  6. How can I use tag files in combination with compressed HTML?

    If you want to refer from one compressed HTML file a.chm to another compressed HTML file called b.chm, the link in a.chm must have the following format:

    <a href="b.chm::/file.html">
    Unfortunately this only works if both compressed HTML files are in the same directory.

    As a result you must rename the generated index.chm files for all projects into something unique and put all .chm files in one directory.

    Suppose you have a project a referring to a project b using tag file b.tag, then you could rename the index.chm for project a into a.chm and the index.chm for project b into b.chm. In the configuration file for project a you write:

    TAGFILES = b.tag=b.chm::
    or you can use installdox to set the links as follows:
    installdox -lb.tag@b.chm::

  7. I don't like the quick index that is put above each HTML page, what do I do?

    You can disable the index by setting DISABLE_INDEX to YES. Then you can put in your own header file by writing your own header and feed that to HTML_HEADER.

  8. The overall HTML output looks different, while I only wanted to use my own html header file

    You probably forgot to include the stylesheet doxygen.css that doxygen generates. You can include this by putting

    <LINK HREF="doxygen.css" REL="stylesheet" TYPE="text/css">
    in the HEAD section of the HTML page.

  9. Why does doxygen use Qt?

    The most important reason is to have a platform abstraction for most Unices and Windows by means of the QFile, QFileInfo, QDir, QDate, QTime and QIODevice classes. Another reason is for the nice and bug free utility classes, like QList, QDict, QString, QArray, QTextStream, QRegExp, QXML etc.

    The GUI front-end doxywizard uses Qt for... well... the GUI!

  10. How can I exclude all test directories from my directory tree?

    Simply put an exclude pattern like this in the configuration file:

    EXCLUDE_PATTERNS = */test/*

  11. Doxygen automatically generates a link to the class MyClass somewhere in the running text. How do I prevent that at a certain place?

    Put a % in front of the class name. Like this: %MyClass. Doxygen will then remove the and keep the word unlinked.

  12. My favourite programming language is X. Can I still use doxygen?

    No, not as such; doxygen needs to understand the structure of what it reads. If you don't mind spending some time on it, there are several options:

  13. Help! I get the cryptic message "input buffer overflow, can't enlarge buffer because scanner uses REJECT"

    This error happens when doxygen lexical scanner has a rule that matches more than 16K of input characters in one go. I've seen this happening on a very large generated file (>16K lines), where the built-in preprocessor converted it into an empty file (with >16K of newlines). Another case where this might happen is if you have lines in your code with more than 16K characters.

    If you have run into such a case and want me to fix it, you should send me a code fragment that triggers the message. To work around the problem, put some line-breaks into your file, split it up into smaller parts, or exclude it from the input using EXCLUDE.

  14. When running make in the latex dir I get "TeX capacity exceeded". Now what?

    You can edit the texmf.cfg file to increase the default values of the various buffers and then run "texconfig init".

  15. Why are dependencies via STL classes not shown in the dot graphs?

    Doxygen is unware of the STL classes, so it does not know that class A relates to class B in the following example

    #include <vector>
    using namespace std;
    class B {};
    class A 
        vector<B> m_bvec;

    To overcome this problem you could provide the definition of the vector class to doxygen (by including the file that defines it at the INPUT tag in the config file). Since STL header files are often messy, a (possibly) better approach is to include a dummy definition of a vector class to the input. Here is an example of a dummy STL file for the vector class:

    namespace std {
      /*! STL vector class */
      template<class T> class vector { public: T element; };

    I'm still looking for someone who can provide me with definitions for all (relevant) STL classes.

  16. How did doxygen get its name?

    Doxygen got its name from playing with the words documentation and generator.

    documentation -> docs -> dox
    generator -> gen

    At the time I was looking into lex and yacc, where a lot of things start with "yy", so the "y" slipped in and made things pronounceable (the proper pronouncement is Docs-ee-gen, so with a long "e").

  17. What was the reason to develop doxygen?

    I once wrote a GUI widget based on the Qt library (it is still available at and maintained by Sven Meyer). Qt had nicely generated documentation (using an internal tool which they didn't want to release) and I wrote similar docs by hand. This was a nightmare to maintain, so I wanted a similar tool. I looked at Doc++ but that just wasn't good enough (it didn't support signals and slots and did not have the Qt look and feel I had grown to like), so I started to write my own tool...

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