Backstage API Docs Plugin

Discover and display API entities for your components in Backstage

Getting started is simple

The plugin is already added when using `npx @backstage/create-app` 
so you can skip these steps. However, if you are not using create-app
you can follow the steps below.

Install the plugin into Backstage.

yarn add @backstage/plugin-api-docs

Add the ApiExplorerPage extension to the app:

// In packages/app/src/App.tsx
import { ApiExplorerPage } from '@backstage/plugin-api-docs';
<Route path="/api-docs" element={<ApiExplorerPage />} />;

Add one of the provided widgets to the EntityPage:

// packages/app/src/components/catalog/EntityPage.tsx

import {
  EntityAboutCard,
  EntityApiDefinitionCard,
  EntityConsumingComponentsCard,
  EntityProvidingComponentsCard,
} from '@backstage/plugin-api-docs';


const apiPage = (
  <EntityLayout>
    ...
    <EntityLayout.Route path="/" title="Overview">
      <Grid container spacing={3}>
        <Grid item md={6}>
          <EntityAboutCard />
        </Grid>
        <Grid container item md={12}>
          <Grid item md={6}>
            <EntityProvidingComponentsCard />
          </Grid>
          <Grid item md={6}>
            <EntityConsumingComponentsCard />
          </Grid>
        </Grid>
      </Grid>
    </EntityLayout.Route>
    <EntityLayout.Route path="/definition" title="Definition">
      <Grid container spacing={3}>
        <Grid item xs={12}>
          <EntityApiDefinitionCard />
        </Grid>
      </Grid>
    </EntityLayout.Route>
  </EntityLayout>
);

// ...

export const entityPage = (
  <EntitySwitch>
    // ...
    <EntitySwitch.Case if={isKind('api')} children={apiPage} />
    // ...
  </EntitySwitch>
);

There are other components to discover in ./src/components that are also added by the default app.

Found a mistake? Update these instructions.

How it looks

A screenshot of the API Docs. It is showing a available endpoints for a sample component.

Things to know

API formats supported right now:

  • AsyncAPI
  • GraphQL
  • OpenAPI 2 & 3

All other formats are displayed as plain text right now, but it could be easily extended.

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