This feature is still under development and only available in the nightly docker builds.


PhpDocumentor can be extended with additional functionality by installing extensions. By default the application will search for an extensions folder in the .phpdoc folder in your working directory.

Supported extension styles:

  • folder

Once extensions are correctly loaded phpDocumentor will print a message in the console:

Loaded extensions: [OK] phpdocumentor/directives:1.0.0

Failed to load extensions: [WARNING] phpdocumentor/invalid:1.0.0

Extensions are validated before they are acually loaded. If an extension is invalid it will not be loaded and a warning will be printed in the console. Like in the example above. To load an extension it must be valid and compatible with the current version of phpDocumentor. Extension developers must specify the phpDocumentor version they are compatible with in the manifest file.

Write your own extension

To write your own extension you need to create a folder in the extensions folder with the name of your extension. In this folder you need to create a manifest file called manifest.xml . This file contains the information:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<phar xmlns="">
    <contains name="phpDocumentor\Example" version="1.0" type="extension">
        <extension for="phpdocumentor/phpdocumentor" compatible="^3.5"/>

        <author name="You" email="[email protected]"/>
        <license type="MIT" url=""/>

        <php version="^8.1"/>

        <component name="phpDocumentor\Example\Extension" version="1.0" />

The bundles section contains the class that should be loaded when the extension is loaded. This class must extend Extension . And should not contain any other logic rather than registering services.

Under the hood PhpDocumentor uses the Symfony Dependency Injection component. You can find more information about this component in the Symfony Dependency Injection documentation. This also shows how to register services. We are using the DI extensions of Symfony to register services. Like bundles do in a Symfony application.


The directory of the extension is added to the autoloader. So you can use the autoloader to load classes in your extension. Please note that the autoloader is not accessible by the extension itself. So you cannot add classes yourself to the autoloader. This is done by phpDocumentor following the PSR-4 standard. The root namespace is the name of the extension. So in the example above the root namespace is phpDocumentor\Example .

By using the same autoloader as the application itself you have access to all classes that are loaded by the application. Services that are registered in the application can be used in the extension.

Extension points

phpDocumentor does not have real extension points. But we have defined some common locations that can be used to extend the application. Depending on the type of extension you are writing you can use them.

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