Troubleshooting and Debugging


These docs are for Scribe v2, which is no longer maintained. See for Scribe v3.

This page contains a few tips to help you figure out what’s wrong when Scribe seems to be slow or malfunctioning.

Update your installation

First off, try updating your installed Scribe version. Maybe your problem is due to a bug we’ve fixed in a newer release. You can see a list of releases and major changes on the changelog.

  • To find the exact installed version, run composer show knuckleswtf/scribe
  • To update to the latest version, run composer update knuckleswtf/scribe.
  • To update to a specific version (example: 1.4.1), run composer update knuckleswtf/scribe:1.4.1.

Make sure you aren’t matching web routes

Routes defined in Laravel’s web.php typically have the web middleware, leading to strange behaviour, so make sure you’ve correctly specified the routes to be matched in your config file. See this GitHub issue.

Increase the verbosity

By default, Scribe will try to keep going until it processes all routes and generates your docs. If it encounters any problems while processing a route (such as a missing @responseFile, or some invalid configuration leading to an exception being thrown), it will output a warning and the exception message, then move on to the next route.

If you need to see the full stack trace, you can run the command again with the --verbose flag. This will also output debug messages (such as the path Scribe takes in instantiating a model).

Turn on debug mode for your app

Sometimes you may see a 500 null response shown in the generated examples. This is usually because an error occurred within your application during a response call. The quickest way to debug this is by setting app.debug to true in your response_calls.config section in your scribe.php file. Alternatively, you can set APP_DEBUG=true in your file and run the command with --env docs.

Clear any cached Laravel config

Sometimes Laravel caches config files, and this may lead to Scribe failing with an error about a null DocumentationConfig. To fix this, clear the config cache by running php artisan config:clear.

Clear previously generated docs

Sometimes you may run into conflicts if you switch from one output type to another. While we try to prevent this happening, we don’t guarantee it. In such cases, please try clearing the old docs generated from your previous run (laravel would be in resources/docs and storage/docs, static would be in public/docs) and then running again. We recommend copying these out to a different location, just to be safe.

Be sure you’re accessing your docs correctly

For laravel type docs, you should always start your server and visit /docs (or wherever you set as your docs_url). For static type, you should always open the index.html file diretly (located in public/docs or wherever you set as your output_path).