Web Dev Notes

Blog about web development by Robert Dawson

How to use phpDocumentor on WordPress (on Mac)

Here are the steps it took for me to get phpDocumentor to create documentation for a WordPress installation.


  1. Open phpDocumentor.ini*
  2. Uncomment the line (line 25 for me) starting with "memory_limit"
  3. Set memory_limit to "2048M"**
  4. Open Terminal and go to the directory above the one your wordpress installation
  5. Use phpdoc (takes a few minutes)


phpdoc -o HTML:frames:earthli -d wordpress -t wordpress/docs

* I'm using MAMP and my directory is /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/phpdoc/.
** Probably overkill; consider available RAM. For me, 1024M wasn't enough. I kept getting this error:

phpdoc FAILED: Bad environment variable $PHP (set to "/usr/bin/php")