Generating Technical Documentation for Mule ESB Applications


A good technical documentation is a key deliverable for any application. Usually, a lot of time is spent on writing technical documentation for the application and often it necessary to draw several diagrams and write several lines of descriptions about the components used in the application. Mule ESB simplifies the approach for technical documentation with respect to Mule applications. It allows to generate an HTML based documentation for the application by click of a button. When exporting the documentation for the application, Anypoint Studio (also known as Mule Studio) creates an HTML page for every single mule configuration file within the application and each of these files contains message flow digram and configuration XML code of every single flow within the configuration file.

Steps to export studio documentation

  • Choose any flow within the application and click on "Export Studio Documentation" option as shown in the image


  • Browse or specify a folder name where the documentation needs to be stored and click on "Generate Studio Documentation" button.  The documentation for the entire application will be generated in the given folder.
  • Open the index.html page created within the specified folder in the previous step and browse through the documentation. The documentation allows to  browse every single flows and shows both the graphical flow design and XML configuration code of individual flows within the application. In the following screen, the tabs  can be seen for all the flow files in the application. Upon selecting a flow name, it displays individual flows and XML configuration code for the same.
  • The documentations can be stored within any web server. In general, tomcat server is used to host Mule Management Console for monitoring mule server and mule application. These set of documentations can be hosted as static HTML pages within tomcat for easy browsing and also as a reference for individual applications and flows.


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