VSdocman Features

VSdocman is a Visual Studio code commenter and documentation generator. Here is a list of its features.


  • Supports C# and VB .NET in any type of project, including class library, application, web app, Android, cross-platform, WPF, WCF, Silverlight, etc.
  • Works with Visual Studio 2017 / 2015 / 2013 / 2012.
  • Supports projects that target any .NET framework: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 4.6.
  • Full support for generics, extension methods, dependency properties and attached properties and other .NET features.
  • Works in GUI and command line modes.
  • No need for compiled assemblies. Everything is extracted directly from the source code. This is especially useful for web projects.
  • You can select which members will be documented using filtering by type, accessibility, project file, name and attributes.
  • You can add your own non-API topics such as overview, examples, license agreement, usage descriptions, etc.
  • Profiles for settings.
  • Conditional compilation. You can define conditional constants and add condition to the member comment. This way you can include or exclude specific members from documentation.


  • Generates the following documentation formats:
    • CHM (HTML Help 1.x) - CHM file suitable for general purpose help.
    • HTML - files with index, search and a table of contents. Works even locally without a web server.
    • Docx - OOXML format used in MS Word.
    • PDF document suitable for printing.
    • Microsoft Help Viewer 2.x and 1.x - Microsoft help technology used in Visual Studio 2015, 2013, 2012 and 2010 and MSDN; .mshc file. Suitable for integration with VS help or MSDN.
    • MS Help 2 - Microsoft help technology used in Visual Studio .NET and MSDN versions 2002 - 2008, .HxS file. Suitable for integration with VS help or MSDN.
    • XML which can be processed later by other tools.
    • Others. User is allowed to define his own format for any text based document such as LATEX, custom HTML and others.
  • Each output format is highly customizable so you can easily apply your corporate style.
  • Generates IntelliSense (auto-completion tooltips) and Object Browser info.
  • Creates F1 help.
  • Integrates in VS help system on a target computer.
  • Easily deploys Visual Studio documentation to target computers using accompanied royalty-free command-line utilities.
  • Output is localizable. There are several built-in languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and others.
  • Creates links to framework classes, even in HTML and CHM output.
  • Documentation can contain source code of a code member.


  • Supports standard XML doc comments.
  • Using fully customizable templates, you can automatically insert predefined texts in comments, e.g. "Initializes a new instance of the <CLASS-NAME-AND-LINK> class" for constructors.
  • Contains sophisticated WYSIWYG comment editor that you use directly in Visual Studio.
  • You can automatically insert default XML comment to a member.
  • You can automatically insert Description attribute to your property. This is used for property short description in Properties Window.
  • You can insert tables, lists, pictures, class diagrams, links, colors, bold, italics and other formatting directly in your source code.
  • Supported XML comment tags: <summary>, <seealso>, <example>, <same>, <typeparam>, <param>, <paramref>, <typeparamref>, <set>, <returns>, <remarks>, <overloads>, <author>, <version>, <revision>, <include>, <includesource>, <compilewhen>, <exception>, <value>, <permission>, <threadsafety>, <para>, <code>, <c>, <see>, <list>, <img>, <b>, <i>, <u>, <br>, <font> and user-defined tags.


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VSdocman Tip
Adding <see> and <seealso> links into your XML comments is easier with VSdocman's WYSIWYG comment editor.

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