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Document an API Using the API Gateway Console

In this section, we describe how to create and maintain documentation parts of an API using the API Gateway console.

A prerequisite for creating and editing the documentation of an API is that you must have already created the API. In this section, we use the PetStore API as an example. To create an API using the API Gateway console, follow the instructions in Build an API Gateway API from an Example.

Document the API Entity

To add a documentation part for the API entity, choose Resources from the PetStore API. Choose the Actions → Edit API Documentation menu item.


                            Edit documentation for the API entity in the API Gateway
                                console

If a documentation part was not created for the API, you get the documentation part's properties map editor. Type the following properties map in the text editor and then choose Save to create the documentation part.

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{ "info": { "description": "Your first API Gateway API.", "contact": { "name": "John Doe", "email": "john.doe@api.com" } } }

Note

You do not encode the properties map into a JSON string, as you must do when using the API Gateway REST API. The API Gateway console stringifies the JSON object for you.


                            Edit documentation properties map for the API entity in the
                                API Gateway console

If a documentation part has already been created, you first get the properties map viewer, as shown in the following.


                            View documentation properties map for the API entity in the
                                API Gateway console

Choosing Edit brings up the properties map editor as shown previously.

Document a RESOURCE Entity

To add or edit the documentation part for the API's root resource, choose / under the Resource tree, and then choose the Actions → Edit Resource Documentation menu item.

If no documentation part was created for this entity, you get the Documentation window. Type a valid properties map in the editor. Then choose Save and Close.

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{ "description": "The PetStore's root resource." }

If a documentation part has already been defined for the RESOURCE entity, you get the documentation viewer. Choose Edit to open the Documentation editor. Modify the existing properties map. Choose Save and then choose Close.

If necessary, repeat these steps to add a documentation part to other RESOURCE entities.

Document a METHOD Entity

To add or edit documentation for a METHOD entity, using the GET method on the root resource as an example, choose GET under the / resource and the choose the Actions → Edit Method Documentation menu item.

For the new documentation part, type the following properties map in the Documentation editor in the Documentation window. Then choose Save and Close.

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{ "tags" : [ "pets" ], "description" : "PetStore HTML web page containing API usage information" }

For the existing documentation, choose Edit from the Documentation viewer. Edit the documentation content in the Documentation editor and choose Save. Choose Close.

From the Documentation viewer, you can also delete the documentation part.

If necessary, repeat these steps to add a documentation part to other methods.

Document a QUERY_PARAMETER Entity

To add or edit a documentation part for a request query parameter, using the GET /pets?type=...&page=... method as an example, choose GET under /pets from the Resources tree. Choose Method Request in the Method Execution window. Expand the URL Query String Parameters section. Choose the page query parameter, for example, and choose the book icon to open the Documentation viewer or editor.


                            Edit documentation for the API entity on the API Gateway console

Alternatively, you can choose Documentation under the PetStore API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Query Parameter for Type. For the PetStore example API, this shows the documentation parts for the page and type query parameters.


                            Edit documentation for the API entity in the API Gateway
                                console

For an API with query parameters defined for other methods, you can filter your selection by specifying the path of the affected resource for Path, choosing the desired HTTP method from Method, or typing the query parameter name in Name.

For example, choose the page query parameter. Choose Edit to modify the existing documentation. Choose Save to save the change.

To add a new documentation part for a QUERY_PARAMETER entity, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Query Parameter for Type. Type a resource path (e.g., /pets) in Path. Choose an HTTP verb (e.g., GET) for Method. Type a properties description in the text editor. Then choose Save.

If necessary, repeat these steps to add a documentation part to other request query parameters.

Document a PATH_PARAMETER Entity

To add or edit documentation for a path parameter, go to Method Request of the method on the resource specified by the path parameter. Expand the Request Paths section. Choose the book icon for the path parameter to open the Documentation viewer or editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the PetStore API from the main navigation pane. Choose Path Parameter for Type. Choose Edit on a path parameter from the list. Modify the content and then choose Save.

To add documentation for a path parameter not listed, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Path Parameter for Type. Set a resource path in Path, choose a method from Method, and set a path parameter name in Name. Add the documentation's properties and choose Save.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other path parameters.

Document a REQUEST_HEADER Entity

To add or edit documentation for a request header, go to Method Request of the method with the header parameter. Expand the HTTP Request Headers section. Choose the book icon for the header to open the Documentation viewer or editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Request Header for Type. Choose Edit on a listed request header to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted request header, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Request Header for Type. Specify a resource path in Path. Choose a method for Method. Type a header name in Name. Then add and save a properties map.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other request headers.

Document a REQUEST_BODY Entity

To add or edit documentation for a request body, go to Method Request for a method. Choose the book icon for Request Body to open the Documentation viewer and then editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Request Body for Type. Choose Edit on a listed request body to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted request body, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Request Body for Type. Set a resource path in Path. Choose an HTTP verb for Method. Then add and save a properties map.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other request bodies.

Document a RESPONSE Entity

To add or edit documentation for a response, go to Method Response of a method. Choose the book icon for Method Response to open the Documentation viewer and then editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.


                            Edit documentation for the RESPONSE entity on the API Gateway console

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Response (status code) for Type. Choose Edit on a listed response of a specified HTTP status code to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted response body, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Response (status code) for Type. Set a resource path in Path. Choose an HTTP verb for Method. Type an HTTP status code in Status Code. Then add and save the documentation part properties.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other responses.

Document a RESPONSE_HEADER Entity

To add or edit documentation for a response header, go to Method Response of a method. Expand a response section of a given HTTP status. Choose the book icon for a response header under Response Headers for StatusCode to open the Documentation viewer and then editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Response Header for Type. Choose Edit on a listed response header to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted response header, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Response Header for Type. Set a resource path in Path. Choose an HTTP verb for Method. Type an HTTP status code in Status Code. Type the response header name in Name. Then add and save the documentation part properties.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other response headers.

Document a RESPONSE_BODY Entity

To add or edit documentation for a response body, go to Method Response of a method. Expand the response section of a given HTTP status. Choose the book icon for Response Body for StatusCode to open the Documentation viewer and then editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Response Body for Type. Choose Edit on a listed response body to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted response body, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Response Body for Type. Set a resource path in Path. Choose an HTTP verb for Method. Type an HTTP status code in Status Code. Then add and save the documentation part properties.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other response bodies.

Document a MODEL Entity

Documenting a MODEL entity involves creating and managing DocumentPart instances for the model and each of the model's properties'. For example, for the Error model that comes with every API by default has the following schema definition,

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{ "$schema" : "http://json-schema.org/draft-04/schema#", "title" : "Error Schema", "type" : "object", "properties" : { "message" : { "type" : "string" } } }

and requires two DocumentationPart instances, one for the Model and the other for its message property:

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{ "location": { "type": "MODEL", "name": "Error" }, "properties": { "title": "Error Schema", "description": "A description of the Error model" } }

and

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{ "location": { "type": "MODEL", "name": "Error.message" }, "properties": { "description": "An error message." } }

When the API is exported, the DocumentationPart's properties will override the values in the original schema.

To add or edit documentation for a model, go to Models of the API in the main navigation pane. Choose the book icon for the name of a listed model to open the Documentation viewer and then editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Model for Type. Choose Edit on a listed model to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted model, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Model for Type. Give a name to the model in Name. Then add and save the documentation part properties.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other models.

Document an AUTHORIZER Entity

To add or edit documentation for an authorizer, go to Authorizers for the API in the main navigation pane. Choose the book icon for the listed authorizer to open the Documentation viewer and then editor. Add or modify the properties of the documentation part.

Alternatively, choose Documentation under the API from the main navigation pane. Then choose Authorizer for Type. Choose Edit on a listed authorizer to change the documentation. To add documentation for an unlisted authorizer, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Authorizer for Type. Give a name to the authorizer in Name. Then add and save the documentation part properties.

If required, repeat these steps to add or edit a documentation part to other authorizers.

To add a documentation part for an authorizer, choose Create Documentation Part. Choose Authorizer for Type. Specify a value for the valid location field of Name for the authorizer.

Add and save the documentation content in the properties map editor.

If required, repeat these steps to add a documentation part to another authorizer.