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Versioning plugin

Versioning plugin aims to provide users with ability to create a versioned documentation. Therefore, users of the documentation can view different versions of the documentation by going to the main page and change versions.

Versioning plugin is applied by default but not enabled in Dokka so there is no need to apply it manually.

Versioning can be configured using:

  • version - a string value representing a version that should be displayed in the dropdown.
  • olderVersionsDir - an optional file that represents the parent directory containing folders with previous Dokka outputs.
  • olderVersions - an optional list of directories, each containing a previous Dokka output. Used after the contents of olderVersionsDir (if it's specified).
  • versionsOrdering - an optional list of strings representing the ordering of versions that should be visible. By default, Dokka will try to use semantic versioning to create such ordering.

Above configuration should be placed under the pluginsConfiguration block specific for your build tool. Configuration object is named org.jetbrains.dokka.versioning.VersioningConfiguration.


In the current release versioning is available only for the multimodule. Supporting single module is scheduled for next release

Directory structure required

If you pass previous versions using olderVersionsDir, a particular directory structure is required:

└── older_versions_dir
    └── 1.4.10
        ├── <dokka output>
    └── 1.4.20
        ├── <dokka output>

As can be seen on the diagram, olderVersionsDir should be a parent directory of previous output directories.

This can be avoided by manually specifying each past output directory with olderVersions, or they can be used together.

olderVersions directories need to contain a past Dokka output. For the above example, you would pass older_versions_dir/1.4.10, older_versions_dir/1.4.20.


Versioning plugin in gradle can be configured in 2 ways:

  • by manually adding the versioning plugin to classpath and using pluginsConfiguration

  • by using pluginsMapConfiguration and adding the configuration serialized as json under the org.jetbrains.dokka.versioning.VersioningPlugin key.

If you choose the first method the configuration may look like this:

buildscript {
  dependencies {


pluginConfiguration<org.jetbrains.dokka.versioning.VersioningPlugin, org.jetbrains.dokka.versioning.VersioningConfiguration> {
    version = "1.0"
    olderVersionsDir = projectDir.resolve("olderVersionsDir")

Alternatively, without adding plugin to classpath:

pluginsMapConfiguration.set(mapOf("org.jetbrains.dokka.versioning.VersioningPlugin" to """{ "version": "1.0" }"""))

Please consult the Gradle documentation for more information about configuring Dokka with this build tool.