Documenting your Grails application – part 2

In this blog post I will try to make write some documentation with ascii-doctor work.

Here’s the asciidoctor user manual:

First test: Can I simply write adoc’s instead of gdoc’s?

Let’s create a project and see what happens:

grails create-app docstest2

Add the plugin to build.gradle:

apply plugin: 'org.grails.grails-doc'

Reload the gradle project and the task docs will be awailable in the gui, or from the command line.

In this post I will not be looking into the groovydoc’s, so skipping right to generation this structure and files:

First error message:

The groovy/text/Template message can be fixed by including groovy-all, ie. add this dependency to build.gradle:

dependencies {
    docs 'org.codehaus.groovy:groovy-all:2.5.6'

This fails with:

After some more googling I found:

  • buildscript.dependencies: classpath ‘org.asciidoctor:asciidoctor-gradle-plugin:1.6.1’
  • apply plugin: ‘org.asciidoctor.convert’
  • the asciidoctor looks in the directory src/docs/asciidoc
  • use index.adoc instead of toc.yml
  • run the gradle task asciidoctor to create the documentation based on the adoc’s


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The short version for creating asciidocs in grails:

  • build.gradle
    • buildscript.dependencies: classpath ‘org.asciidoctor:asciidoctor-gradle-plugin:1.6.1’
    • apply plugin: ‘org.asciidoctor.convert’
  • write adoc’s in src/docs/asciidoc
  • gradle asciidoctor

Automating the document-generation

You can automate by hooking into the jar task in build.gradle:

jar {