Including a README File

There are two ways to incorporate a README file into your documentation:

  1. In the source paths to your JavaScript files, include the path to a Markdown file named README.md. JSDoc will use the first README.md file that it finds in your source paths.
  2. Run JSDoc with the -R/--readme command-line option, specifying the path to your README file. This option is available in JSDoc 3.3.0 and later. The README file may have any name and extension, but it must be in Markdown format.

The -R/--readme command-line option takes precedence over your source paths. If you use the -R/--readme command-line option, JSDoc will ignore any README.md files in your source paths.

If you are using JSDoc's default template, the README file's contents will be rendered in HTML in the generated documentation's index.html file.


Including a README file in your source paths
jsdoc path/to/js path/to/readme/README.md
Using the -R/--readme option
jsdoc --readme path/to/readme/README path/to/js

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