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Endpoint metadata

Endpoint metadata is primarily added via docblocks. See Supported annotations for a comprehensive list.

Title and description#

To set an endpoint's title and description, just write in the method's docblock. The first paragraph is the title, and the rest is the description. There must be a blank line between title and description. Markdown and HTML are also supported (see HTML helpers).

For instance, this:

/**
* Add a word to the list.
*
* This endpoint allows you to add a word to the list.
* It's a really useful endpoint, and you should play around
* with it for a bit.
* <aside class="notice">We mean it; you really should.๐Ÿ˜•</aside>
*/
public function store(Request $request)
{
//...
}

becomes:

note

For best results, the title and description should come before any annotations (@-tag).

Grouping endpoints#

For easy navigation, endpoints in your API are organized by groups. You can add an endpoint to a group by using the @group annotation, followed by the name of the group.

tip

A better option is often to set @group on the controller instead. This will add all endpoints in that controller to the group, and you can add a group description below the group name

/**
* @group User management
*
* APIs for managing users
*/
class UserController extends Controller
{
/**
* Create a user.
*/
public function createUser()
{
}
/**
* Change a user's password.
*
* @group Account management
*/
public function changePassword()
{
}
}

Grouping endpoints is optional. Any endpoints not in a group will be placed in a default group specified in your config.

Indicating authentication status#

If you have auth.default set to false in your config, your endpoints will be treated as open by default. You can use the @authenticated annotation on a method to indicate that the endpoint needs authentication.

Similarly, if you have auth.default set to true in your config, your endpoints will be treated as authenticated by default. You can use the @unauthenticated annotation on a method to indicate that the endpoint is unauthenticated.

/**
* Create a user
*
* This endpoint lets you create a user.
* @authenticated
*
*/
public function create()
{
}

A "Requires authentication" badge will be added to that endpoint in the generated documentation.

tip

Like with @group, you can specify @authenticated or @unauthenticated on the controller so you don't have to write it on each method.