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El código fuente de FreeCAD está comentado para permitir la generación automática de la documentación html con Doxygen.

The documentation is hosted online at the FreeCAD API website. Please note that this documentation may not always be up to date; if you need more details, download FreeCAD's latest source code and compile the documentation yourself. If you have pressing questions about the code please ask in the developer section of the FreeCAD forum.

Compiling the API documentation follows the same general steps as compiling the FreeCAD executable, as indicated in the compile on Unix page.

FreeCAD documentation compilation workflow.svg

General workflow to compile FreeCAD's programming documentation. The Doxygen and Graphviz packages must be in the system, as well as the FreeCAD source code itself. CMake configures the system so that with a single make instruction the documentation for the the entire project is compiled into many HTML files with diagrams.

Construcción de la documentación del código fuente

Si tienes Doxygen instalado, es muy sencillo construir la documentación. Vete al directorio de construcción de FreeCAD, configura tu código fuente con CMake, ejecuta

sudo apt install doxygen graphviz

Then follow the same steps you would do to compile FreeCAD, as described on the compile on Unix page, and summarized here for convenience.

  • Get the source code of FreeCAD and place it in its own directory freecad-source.
  • Create another directory freecad-build in which you will compile FreeCAD and its documentation.
  • Configure the sources with cmake, making sure you indicate the source directory, and specify the required options for your build.
  • Trigger the creation of the documentation using make.
git clone freecad-source
mkdir freecad-build
cd freecad-build
cmake -DBUILD_QT5=ON -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/python3 ../freecad-source

While you are inside the build directory issue the following instruction to create only the documentation.

make -j$(nproc --ignore=2) DevDoc

y consulta los archivos html resultantes empezando por Doc/SourceDocu/html/index.html (nota: el objetivo de DevDoc no es válido para la construcción con autotools)


The point of entrance to the documentation is the index.html file, which you can open with a web browser:

xdg-open freecad-build/doc/SourceDocu/html/index.html

The DevDoc target will generate a significant amount of data, around 5 GB of new files, particularly due to the diagrams created by Graphviz.

An alternative, smaller version of the documentation which takes only around 600 MB can be generated with a different target. This is the version displayed on the FreeCAD API website.

make -j$(nproc --ignore=2) WebDoc

Como una alternativa, la documentación es generada de vez en cuando y accesible en sourceforge aquí

FreeCAD 0.16 development documentation built by qingfeng.xia.

FreeCAD 0.19 development documentation built by qingfeng.xia.

Documentación de Coin3D integrada

En sistemas unix, es posible vincular la documentación del código fuente de Coin3D con la de FreeCAD. Esto permite una navegación más sencilla y diagramas de herencia completos para las clases derivadas de Coin.

  • En Debian y sistemas derivados:
- Instala el paquete libcoin60-doc
- Descomprime el archivo /usr/share/doc/libcoin60-doc/html/coin.tag.gz
- Regenera la documentación del código fuente
Ya estás listo para navegar offline.
  • Si no quieres o no puedes instalar el paquete de documentación de Coin, los vínculos serán generados para acceder a la documentación online de Coin en, si los archivos de etiquetas de doxygen pueden ser descargados y configurados en el momento de configuración (wget).

Using Doxygen

See the Doxygen page for an extensive explanation on how to comment C++ and Python source code so that it can be processed by Doxygen to automatically create the documentation.

Essentially, a comment block, starting with /** or /// for C++, or ## for Python, needs to appear before every class or function definition, so that it is picked up by Doxygen. Many special commands, which start with \ or @, can be used to define parts of the code and format the output. Markdown syntax is also understood within the comment block, which makes it convenient to emphasize certain parts of the documentation.

 * Returns the name of the workbench object.
std::string name() const;

 * Set the name to the workbench object.
void setName(const std::string&);

/// remove the added TaskWatcher
void removeTaskWatcher(void);