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The default TypeDoc main application class.

This class holds the two main components of TypeDoc, the Converter and the Renderer. When running TypeDoc, first the Converter is invoked which generates a ProjectReflection from the passed in source files. The ProjectReflection is a hierarchical model representation of the TypeScript project. Afterwards the model is passed to the Renderer which uses an instance of Theme to generate the final documentation.

Both the Converter and the Renderer emit a series of events while processing the project. Subscribe to these Events to control the application flow or alter the output.




  • Create a new TypeDoc application instance.

    Returns Application


componentName: string

The name of this component as set by the @Component decorator.

converter: Converter

The converter used to create the declaration reflections.

logger: Logger

The logger that should be used to output messages.

options: Options
renderer: Renderer

The renderer used to generate the documentation output.

serializer: Serializer

The serializer used to generate JSON output.

VERSION: string = packageInfo.version

The version number of TypeDoc.


  • get owner(): O


  • addComponent<T>(name: string, componentClass: T | ComponentClass<T, Application>): T
  • Run the converter for the given set of files and return the generated reflections.

    Returns undefined | ProjectReflection

    An instance of ProjectReflection on success, undefined otherwise.

  • Run the converter for the given set of files and write the reflections to a json file.


    Returns Promise<void>

    Whether the JSON file could be written successfully.

  • getComponent(name: string): undefined | AbstractComponent<Application>
  • Retrieve a plugin instance.


    • name: string

    Returns undefined | AbstractComponent<Application>

    The instance of the plugin or undefined if no plugin with the given class is attached.

  • Gets the entry points to be documented according to the current entryPoints and entryPointStrategy options. May return undefined if entry points fail to be expanded.

    Returns undefined | DocumentationEntryPoint[]

  • getTypeScriptPath(): string
  • getTypeScriptVersion(): string
  • hasComponent(name: string): boolean
  • initialize(): void
  • Inversion-of-control versions of on. Tell this object to listen to an event in another object... keeping track of what it's listening to for easier unbinding later.


    Returns Application

  • Bind an event to only be triggered a single time. After the first time the callback is invoked, its listener will be removed. If multiple events are passed in using the space-separated syntax, the handler will fire once for each event, not once for a combination of all events.


    Returns Application

  • Parameters

    • name: string
    • callback: EventCallback
    • Optional context: any
    • Optional priority: any

    Returns Application

  • removeAllComponents(): void
  • removeComponent(name: string): undefined | AbstractComponent<Application>
  • toString(): string
  • Trigger one or many events, firing all bound callbacks. Callbacks are passed the same arguments as trigger is, apart from the event name (unless you're listening on "all", which will cause your callback to receive the true name of the event as the first argument).


    Returns Application

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