Adding general information about your API

Authentication information

You can add authentication information for your API using the auth section in scribe.php.

Important

Scribe uses your specified authentication information in three places:

  • Generating an “Authentication” section in your docs
  • Adding authentication parameters to your example requests for endpoints marked as @authenticated (or if you have with auth.default = true)
  • Adding the necessary auth parameters with the specified value to response calls only for endpoints marked as @authenticated (or if you have with auth.default = true)

Here’s how you’d configure auth with a query parameter named apiKey:

    'auth' => [
        'enabled' => true,
        'default' => false,
        'in' => 'query',
        'name' => 'apiKey',
        'use_value' => env('SCRIBE_API_KEY'),
        'placeholder' => 'YOUR-API-KEY',
        'extra_info' => 'You can retrieve your key by going to settings and clicking <b>Generate API key</b>.',
    ],

If apiKey were to be a body parameter, the config would be same. Just set in to 'body'.

Here’s an example with a bearer token (also applies to basic auth, if you change in to 'basic'):

    'auth' => [
        'enabled' => true,
        'default' => false,
        'in' => 'bearer',
        'name' => 'hahaha', // <--- This value is ignored for bearer and basic auth
        'use_value' => env('SCRIBE_AUTH_KEY'),
        'placeholder' => '{ACCESS_TOKEN}',
        'extra_info' => 'You can retrieve your token by visiting your dashboard and clicking <b>Generate API token</b>.',
    ],

And here’s an example with a custom header:

    'auth' => [
        'enabled' => true,
        'default' => false,
        'in' => 'header',
        'name' => 'Api-Key', // <--- The name of the header
        'use_value' => env('SCRIBE_AUTH_KEY'),
        'placeholder' => 'YOUR-API-KEY',
        'extra_info' => 'You can retrieve your token by visiting your dashboard and clicking <b>Generate API token</b>.',
    ],

The default field is the default behaviour of our API. If your endpoints are authenticated by default, set this to true, then use @unauthenticated on the method doc block if you need to turn off auth for specific endpoints. If your endpoints are open by default, leave this as false, then use @authenticated on the method doc block if you need to turn on auth for specific endpoints.

You can set whatever you want as the extra_info. A good idea would be to tell your users where to get their auth key.

The use_value field is only used by Scribe for response calls. It won’t be included in the generated output or examples. The placeholder is the opposite of use_value. It will be used only as a placeholder in the generated example requests.

For more information, see the reference documentation on the auth section.

Introductory text

The intro_text key in scribe.php is where you can set the text shown to readers in the “Introduction” section. If your text is too long to be put in a config file, you can create a prepend.md containing the intro text and put it in the resources/docs folder.

Title

You can set the HTML <title> for the generated docs webpage, Postman collection and OpenAPI spec by setting the title key in scribe.php. If you leave it as null, Scribe will infer it from the value of config('app.name').