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Painless Help Documentation

Latest build:
5.9.18070    [New]
Release date:
March 9, 2018
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Supported IDEs:
Visual Studio 2017
       incl. Community Edition
Visual Studio 2015
       incl. Community Edition
Visual Studio 2013
Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio 2010
Supported Languages:
Visual Basic

GhostDoc is a Visual Studio extension that automatically generates XML documentation comments for methods and properties based on their type, parameters, name, and other contextual information.

When generating documentation for class derived from a base class or for interface implementation (e.g. .NET Framework or your custom framework), GhostDoc will use the documentation that Microsoft or the framework vendor has already written for the base class or interface.


  • Save keystrokes and time; simplify documenting your code
  • Automatically generate a starting point for your help documentation
  • Benefit of the base class documentation
  • StyleCop compliant documentation templates
  • (Pro) Documentation quality and maintenance
  • (Pro) Code Spell Checker
  • (Pro) Build Help File
  • (Pro) Take control of your help files with Help Configurations and Template Libraries

If you follow good naming conventions in your code, then you will get very decent results on the summary GhostDoc generates.  When I see code that is not documented, it is as simple as hit Ctrl-Shift-D to have GhostDoc document it.

Introduction to GhostDoc (3 min)

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What's new

New in version 5.0

  • Documentation Quality hints in Visual Studio editor
  • Documentation Maintenance - find, edit or remove auto-generated comments; identify missing and out of sync comments
  • Help documentation theme support and new themes
  • Hide/show documentation comments
  • Options to mark comments as auto-generated and flag them 'to be edited'

For the details, please see What's New in GhostDoc v5

Help Documentation Samples

To see sample help documentation created with GhostDoc Pro and GhostDoc Enterprise, visit this page. Version 5.0 adds theme support and two new themes - FlatGray and FlatMain


In addition to standard features the free version GhostDoc offers, there is a GhostDoc Pro alternative which provides ultimate documentation configuration flexibility and automation of routine documentation operations.

For complete edition comparison see this page.

  GhostDocGhostDoc ProEnterprise
Build Help File
create your XML Documentation CHM help file with a single click
XML Comment Preview
See your comments as they appear in the help file
Code Spell Checker
Spell Checking for XML Comments, code elements, literals and comments
Document This
Generates XML comments based on code element type, parameters, name, and other contextual information
Document Type
Generates XML comments for entire type/class
Document File
Generates XML comments for entire file
Automatically generate a starting point for your help documentation
For a derived class uses the base class documentation
Configurable rules, acronyms and macros
XML Comment templates (T4)
Total control over your XML documentation content and style
Assignable shortcut (default Ctrl-Shift-D)
Import/Export of the configuration and the rules
Documentation Quality and Maintenance  
Command line version
Build help documentation as part of Continuous Integration/Build Process
Documentation Themes  
Customize help documentation layouts and templates    
Add custom content
Add your own content to the generated API documentation using Conceptual Content concept
Unattended deployment and activation    
Enterprise Licensing Server option
Option to enable in-house product activation
Personal License
For individual developers
Free $50/user $160/user
Commercial License
For companies and organizations
N/A $90/user $160/user
Software Assurance subscription
Annual subscription add-on provides minor and major upgrades during the cover period
N/A Available Available
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