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Version: Laravel: 3.x

Migrating from mpociot/laravel-apidoc-generator to Scribe v3

Scribe is a successor to mpociot/laravel-apidoc-generator, with a lot of improvements and changes. This guide aims to make migrating to Scribe easier and show you the key parts you need to look out for so things don't break.

The core documentation process remains largely the same. The major changes are in the config file and the advanced customization process.


  • PHP version: 7.4+
  • Laravel/Lumen version: 6+

Before you start

  • Follow the installation guide in the introduction.

  • Remove the old package:

composer remove mpociot/laravel-apidoc-generator

At this point, you should have both apidoc.php and scribe.php in your config folder. This is good, so you can easily compare and copy your old config over and delete when you're done.

_After you've done the above, delete your resources/docs/ and public/docs folders, to prevent any conflicts with the new ones we'll generate. If you're using laravel type output, you can also delete resources/views/apidoc/.

Config file changes

  • The key has been removed. Use the title key, which will set both Postman collection name and the generated doc's HTMl title.

  • The laravel.autoload key is now laravel.add_routes, and is true by default.

  • The laravel.docs_url key is now /docs by default (no longer /doc). This means if you're using laravel docs type, your docs will be at <your-app>/docs.

  • The requestHeaders stage in the strategies item has been renamed to headers.

  • Scribe no longer outputs Markdown as an intermediate step, but instead YAML. See details for how to work with them.

  • The rebuild command has been removed. Instead, if you want Scribe to skip the extraction phase and go straight to converting the existing YAML to HTML, run php artisan scribe:generate --no-extraction.

  • logo is now false by default, so no logo spot will be shown in the docs.

  • If you specify a logo, it will no longer be copied to the docs folder. Rather, the path to be logo will be used as-is as the src for the <img> tag in the docs. This means that you must use a URL or a path that's publicly accessible.

    For example, if your logo is in public/img:

    • set 'logo' => '../img/logo.png' for static type (output folder is public/docs)
    • set 'logo' => 'img/logo.png' for laravel type

Advanced users

If you've written any custom strategies, you should review Writing Plugins to see how plugins are written now.

If you've published the views, you'll note that they are now in a different format. See the documentation on customising the views to see how things are organised now.

That should be all. If you come across anything we've missed, please send in a PR! We recommend reading through our docs to see all the improvements Scribe comes with.