Documents Files

It is sometimes necessary to create documentation for all files in a directory. Doing so by hand can be very tedious. This task is made fast and reproducible using the functionality of 'documenter'. It aggregates all text files in a directory and its subdirectories into a single word document in a semi-automated fashion.

An R package for documenting files

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The package can be installed via CRAN or GitHub using either of the following commands.

# Install via CRAN.
# Install via GitHub.


The package can be loaded with the library function.

# Load the package.

After loading the package, the files of a directory can be documented using the document_it function. This function can be executed as follows:

  input_directory = "man",
  output_file = "documentation",
  annotation_file = NULL


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documenter 0.1.1

  • Modified the document_it example and made it runnable. The example in the vignette was also updated.

Reference manual

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0.1.1 by Zachary Colburn, a year ago

Browse source code at

Authors: Zachary Colburn [aut, cre] , Madigan Army Medical Center - Department of Clinical Investigation [cph, fnd]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

MIT + file LICENSE license

Imports officer, magrittr, htmltools, xml2, yaml

Suggests covr, testthat, knitr, rmarkdown

See at CRAN