Atomineer Pro Documentation


Unsurpassed Code Documentation comment generation. Create/Update DocXml, Doxygen, Qt, JavaDoc, JSDuck comments in C#, C++/CLI, C++, C, Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, JScript, PHP, Python and VB code to keep them accurate, well structured and tidy with minimum effort.

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by JFWiede | June 03 2016

Amazing time saver for easily "structural comment" grunt work, and even
does a shockingly good job of translating variable names, etc. into
human-readable descriptions. Customizability is staggering but only need
to touch as much of it as you care to use, very well-managed UX
complexity, and UI in general.

Has saved me ridiculous amounts of time, and keeps getting better each new
revision and version! Absolutely worth the cost, and a tremendous bargain
at that!

by Twilek | March 10 2016

The installer not working ... it's realy a not free addon????? :D

Jason Williams March 20 2016
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Please, if you have a problem installing, let us know and we'll help you fix it - problems occur only if the Visual Studio install or configuration are corrupt, which can normally be easily rectified.

by Frank Fajardo | January 16 2015

Can have invalid XML documentation when dealing with generics. Does not un-install nicely.

Jason Williams January 22 2015
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If you have examples of problem(s), please let us know and we'll fix them, often within 24 hours.

by lisarc | January 05 2015

This is a must-have tool and worth every penny. It works great out of the box, but with a small amount of configuration to tailor it to your code style it practically writes the docs for you. Moreover, the formatting tools make updating comments after a refactor easy.

I have been using this for several years and I cannot emphasize enough how much time it saves.

by Andreas-Lamp | November 13 2014

Works as expected. The tool is a constant companion.
The reaction time between inform a issue and a new beta version was less than one day !!!

by Allan Balboa | September 26 2013

Awesome add-in!!! Many thanks to the developer of it :) I use this with EnhancedCommentsCpp extension for C++ coding. Now I LOVE to write documentation :)

by msil9000 | July 11 2013

Excellent Tool!

by TBone | June 07 2013

Great product for documenting. It works great for Doxygen. Quite pleased.

by Alireza Khodakarami | March 13 2013

well, i just found it two days a go, have tried many addons like this before and never got what i wanted, so, when i downloaded the trial version i was telling myself that it's waste of time again, but after one hit and getting the resault, in both c# winapplication and even c#script for unity 3D game development, i called my friend that had a bank account out side of country and told him that i want it in less than 3 hours ! god i never was happier than this about spending dollars on something other than minecraft !

by ScruffyDuck | August 23 2012

Great tool - I would not be without it!

by Eyal Shilony1 | June 28 2012

It's the 3rd tool I recommend to developers and install myself, it's simple, intuitive and highly customisable as it should be.

Excellent job and support!

by ungoul | June 06 2011

As a professional programmer for over 30 years, I have experienced and used many programmer support applications. Atomineer stands tall amongst those, with an understanding and focus on solving the problem at hand.
It is rare to find a developer who not only delivers, but supports in a speedy and exemplarary fashion.

Kudos to Jason Williams, and I look forward to the improvements and enhancements to Atomineer that i am sure to come

Tony Donato

by burrellw | May 23 2011

by williamsmw2 | January 12 2011

by Stonkie | January 10 2011

It has saved me countless hours of copy pasting documentation templates and mindlessly typing in the same things. Now, I manually write the 10% of the documentation which is worth 90% and the rest is automatically generated. No matter your hourly rate, you will get back your 10$ the very first day.

by CAD bloke | September 02 2010

Impressed enough to pay for the full version. It is a lot more configurable than Ghostdoc, which was always a good product in itself. I'm converted.

by Andy Coo | August 10 2010

by TrickyNicky | July 29 2010

Works well and saves me a lot of time documenting methods, properties, values etc. Adds surprisingly good comments for uncommented code, but maintains the text of your own comments if they already exist.

It's great, use it if you want to find documenting less dull.

by bitskull | May 24 2010

by gsumm | November 12 2009

I use it everyday!

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  • add HideShow Comments
    2 Posts | Last post May 01, 2016
    • I like your tool, but I was wondering if you would ever consider adding this type of functionality;
      The developer of the HideShow Comments tools seems to have disappeared and left those of us with VS 2015 hanging. Your tools seem a natural fit for this type of function.
      I like having the documentation of XML Comments, but having them in the code makes reading the code pure hell. The idea is that you can collapse the comments down to a small icon so they are out of the way and expand them for editing.
      I can understand if you feel this is outside of the scope of what you are doing, but it would be a wonderful feature to have.
    • Thanks for the suggestion. Atomineer already has a very similar function - "Hide doc comments using outlining". This uses the built-in outlining feature of Visual Studio to fold away doc comments. It's not identical to this extension, but pretty close. (However, we're always looking for ways to improve Atomineer, so we'll certainly consider ways in which the existing functionality can be made even better).
  • Broken Trial
    3 Posts | Last post August 15, 2015
    • Hello,
      It seems that I can't try the tool on fresh installation of Windows 10 x64 with Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise. I've run the VSIX installer for version 9.03, completed the setup wizard that asked me about my documentation formatting preferences, but trying to run "Add/Update Doc Comment" command displays message box "Your Atomineer trial period has now expired". Can anyone help?
    • My apologies, Sergey. Atomineer's installation process had to change completely for VS 2015, and this new problem has affected a few users of the trial version on 2015. We have identified the cause and should have a fixed build online within a couple of days. I have sent you a fixed build. In the meantime if anyone else encounters this problem, please email me and I'll send you a working build immediately.
    • This issue has now been resolved (in v9.04). Our apologies for those who were affected by it.
  • Bugs
    2 Posts | Last post June 22, 2015
    • Hello,
      I don't know how to notify bugs, so I use this. I'm using VS 2015 PRO RC C# and Atomineer 9.00. When I generate the documentation for a method that overrides other, the base documentation it's not used and a new one it's generated.
    • Hi,
      Our support email address can be found on our website ( - don't hesitate to email us if we can be of assistance.
      If override documentation is not duplicated, and this mode is enabled in the preferences, then the problem is usually because the base class information is not currently available from the Visual Studio Intellisense system. This may be caused by Intellisense being turned off, the code not being part of a loaded project, or the project not being in a compilable state.
      It is also possible that there is an issue between VS2015 RC and Atomineer that we missed in our testing. I will look into this to see if I can reproduce and fix any problem for the final RTM of VS 2015. If you are unable to get this working and can email me a repeatable example, I will be able to investigate your specific issue further.
  • recognize changes
    3 Posts | Last post December 02, 2014
    • Hi! I've not tried this extension until now but I'm very interested in the doxygen-comment support. I've seen that there is the possibility to update the documentation by CTRL+SHIFT+D to match the changed code.
      As a coder do you see, that you've changed something, that it's now not matching the code? We have a lot of old code where it would be a big help if it displays that there is something not matching already...
    • Now I played a Little bit around with it. Therefore another question came up: On the Atomineer page it's written that the documentation Viewer is not available for C/C++ Header files. But it's also not working for cpp files, isn't it? I wanted to try it, because it seems to be a very cool feature but it didn't work at any code I tried it with.
    • Hi,
      As good as it sounds, I'm afraid that detecting changed code would be extremely difficult to achieve (especially for all the languages Atomineer supports). One important goal for Atomineer is to absolutely minimise the impact it has on normal operation of Visual Studio, so we are reluctant to add features that would require significant background processing or introduce delays as you type.
      The documentation viewer supports C++ source files (.c, .cpp), and will normally display the documentation for any documented method containing the cursor. However, the documentation comment must comply with Atomineer's configured format, so it can only be used for viewing documentation that has been generated with or updated by Atomineer, or for existing documentation that matches that format. (If Atomineer is heavily customised to support a non-standard format then you may also need to configure the viewer templates as well). The viewer may also operate with reduced functionality if Visual Studio Intellisense is unavailable (if Intellisense is disabled, or the code is in an uncompilable/uncompiled state).
      The best way to gain an understanding of how the viewer works would be to start with a simple example: use Atomineer to generate documentation for 2 or 3 methods, and move the cursor through the code file to see how the documentation is displayed as you traverse the code. If you encounter problems, ensure that Intellisense is enabled and that the code has been successfully compiled. If the viewer still doesn't work, then please email us an example and we'll try to get back to you within 24 hours with an explanation or a fix.
      If you have any questions, we're happy to help - email via our website ( is the best option for a quick response, as we usually only check the VS Gallery every few days.
  • Sphinx, RST, and ReadTheDocs
    2 Posts | Last post September 16, 2014
    • Not yet tried Atomineer and I do understand it is for code documentation, not user documentation. But I wondered if you may support an online documentation repository like the one at
      And I will plan on trying Atomineer in an upcoming project.
    • Thanks for your interest.
      Atomineer is used for generating, editing and updating documentation comments (e.g. JavaDoc or Xml Documentation) within source code - it does not provide any tools for generating external documentation from these comments - this functionality is very well covered by tools like JavaDoc, Doxygen and Sandcastle. Because of this I'm not sure that Atomineer could interface directly with sites like ReadTheDocs; I would expect a more likely approach would be to upload the output from tools like Doxygen to the website.
  • Mixing documentation styles
    6 Posts | Last post July 11, 2013
    • Good day.
      I am a developer working with a mixture of C# and C++ projects. Our code standards specify qt style Doxygen comments in C++ projects and standard DocXML in C#. I find automineer auto comments very handy as a starting point for documentation but am forced to only use it in one language currently (c++). Is there any way to associate a specific fiule extension (.cs, for example) with a documentation style? Would make things much easier. 
      I've looked at the advanced customisation but, to be honest, failed to accomplish anything there, since i need two very distinct types of customisations (including blank line formatting, etc) for each and the prefs.xml doesn't seem to be picked up by the search path definition (I mostly need prefs.xml to be different in different projects).
      Surely, there is some way of achieving what I need without me constantly re-configuring atomineer when switching between projects?
    • Yes, what you want to do is quite easy to achieve using the "rules search path". Using the %solutionPath% or %projectPath% variables in the search path allows you to store a different set of preferences in each project/solution, so you can have custom settings for C++ and C#.
      Details on this are here:
      If you have any trouble setting this up, please contact and I'll be happy to help you get it working.
      (Watch this space - an improved preferences system is in the pipeline that will make this even easier - coming soon)
    • Thank you. 
      I seem to have gotten it to work. I mostly use C# code, so I started by first configuring C++ code for doxygen-style comments. Once I've saved my settings, I opened prefs.xml in automineer installation directory and copied <Doxygen>, <Format> and <DocComment> sections into individual XML files called Doxygen.xml, Format.xml and DocComment.xml
      I then setup project search path to be %projectPath%\Automineer
      Next I went into automineer and reconfigured it for DocXml format to be used with C# and saved changes.
      Now all I have to do is add a folder to my C++ projects called "Automineer" and put my 3 xml files inside and I get doxygen comments in C++ files and DocXml in C# as I wanted.
      It would be nice to automate this somehow though, perhaps allow different style templates depending on file extension. So am looking forward to configuration improvements mentioned.
      It is a bit clunky right now but it works and that is what matters the most. I find automineer very handy and much more usable than the alternatives I've tried (including the one most commonly suggested, GhostDoc)
    • Thanks Stormbringer. 8.02 should be out early next month, and will make this process much easier.
    • It took slightly longer than expected to implement, but 8.02 has now been released with a new preferences system - this now allows you to easily set up Atomineer to support independent documentation system and formatting preferences for each coding language you use.
    • Hello again.
      I have used the new settings system and have to say - it is great. Setting up different comment standards for different languages is now a breeze and quite intuitive. Whilst the quick setup wizard for specific language is disabled, it is still trivial to manually set specific configuration. And there is no longer any need to add custom configuration files as part of the project to achieve required operation.
      I can see that the override system remains in place, so if further custom alterations are required, they can be implemented still (i.e. not breaking what was already preset by some people). 
      All in all, I have to say - the new build is great and I am enjoying it a lot.
  • Using /// <include tag?
    2 Posts | Last post February 20, 2011
    • I am looking to maintain our API documentation side-by-side with our products and we have a couple of user requirements for our documentation solution.
        - Developers need to edit documentation freely while in code but can't add to much bloat so only using the /// tags that are used by IntelliSense while in code.  All other documentation needed for API: code samples, best practices, etc. need to be stored in a linking xml document using the /// <include tag.
        - Documentation Specialist (none developers) - Need to edit documentation while not interfering with actual source code.  Their primary focus will be in the supporting xml document.
        - Supporting documentation could be as simple as: each code file has a corresponding .docxml file that will be checked into source code repository (Example:  Foo.cs has a supporting xml document file Foo.cs.docxml).  This file would be used only by the code file Foo.cs’s /// <include tags.  The supporting documentation file would follow the same schema as the output XML Documentation generated by Visual Studio.
      Thoughts on how I might be able to leverage your product within my source code?
    • AtomineerUtils will make the code side of this simple to achieve - it handles all the documentation needs of your coders, and you can use it to enforce the tags that the developers can put in their comments (i.e. any "illegal" tags can be removed automatically).
      You can also set up your templates so that AU will automatically put <include> tags into the doc comments - these can be filled in by default, using the class name so that every class automatically references a unique include file (e.g. Foo.cs.docxml). If you have any trouble setting this up, just email your requirements to me ( and I'll help you tweak the templates as required.
      AtomineerUtils probably can't do much to help you with the external supporting documentation  - but that shouldn't be a problem as you don't want your coders to be involved with this file anyway.
      If you have any thoughts about features in AU that could help with your situation, just drop me a line - time permitting, I try to add support for whatever features people need.
  • How do you install?
    5 Posts | Last post January 10, 2011
    • It defaults to My Documents. I don't want it in there.
    • The installer has a field where you can enter the install folder. It defaults to the official Visual Studio Addins folder, but you can install it wherever you like. An additional manual step is then required to add that path to Visual Studio so it knows where to look for the add-in.
    • P.S. Visit for the full user manual.
    • The installer is sub-optimal for an "All Users" installation. I'm not going to review your app yet, cuz I don't want to give it a poor score, but seriously, you supply an installer, and it should allow for this common scenario.
    • Thanks for the feedback. It's relatively easy to install for all users by adjusting the install path to a shared location, but I agree that 'All Users' should be a standard option - I'll try to implement it soon.
  • Using hyphens in top separator?
    2 Posts | Last post December 19, 2010
    • Maybe the author can help me.
      In the settings of atomineer I can chose a top separator comment style which looks like this:
      /**------ etc. and a matching bottom separator. However, Doxygen doesn't seem to be able to parse these comment correctly.
      Is it somehow possible to make Doxygen ignore the hyphens in the top- and bottom separators?
      When can I use these separators? Just with the built in XML functionality for the intellisense?
    • Hi, @akjoshi.
      I'm not sure how to get Doxygen to ignore the hyphens, but I'd try putting whitespace between the /** and the hyphens, and check that options like the JAVADOC_AUTOBRIEF mode is disabled (in this mode, Doxygen will assume that the text following the /** is the brief description instead of requiring an explicit '\brief' command). Doxygen is very configurable though.
      As far as AtomineerUtils is concerned you can use virtually any text for custom top/bottom separators. However, to make this text compatible with other tools the options are reduced (e.g. to keep the source code compilable, you need to embed the separators in comments). For Doxygen to work well with your comments you may ultimately need to try a different separator style (e.g. ///// or /*****).
  • Which one is better GhostDoc or Atomineer?
    2 Posts | Last post June 20, 2010
    • Which of these two is better for auto commenting hte code?
      GhostDoc -
    • (I'm the author of AtomineerUtils but I try to be objective in the text below):
      AtomineerUtils has a number of basic features that are simply missing from other doc-commenting tools - it covers a greater number of programming languages (5 rather than only 2), it handles Doxygen and JavaDoc documentation styles (in addition to DocXML), it has more sophisticated automatic documentation (better use of existing documentation from other members and base classes, and it also documents things like exceptions that are thrown within a method), and it uses its own code parser so it even works for partially-complete code.
      In a more general sense, other auto-documentation tools use a few tens of simple word re-ordering (e.g. "FileList" -> "List of files") rules and little else, so while they work well in many cases, they often produce very poor results. AtomineerUtils has thousands of specific rules that cover common methods and common naming conventions, so it usually makes a better stab at the auto-documentation.
      But don't take my word for it - there are plenty of examples of the results at - and there's a FREE trial, so you can give it a try on your own code to see how it fares.
      (And if you find anything it doesn't handle well, let me know and I'll improve it :-)