Discover Mintlify: the artificial intelligence (AI) powered documentation generator for your codebase
Software documentation is important because it helps developers and other stakeholders understand code. However, its production can be time-consuming and expensive. Junior engineers and those new to a codebase rely on documentation to get by. This saves time for senior developers in the future when explaining their code to others. Documentation has a direct influence on user adoption of public and open source projects.
Founded in 2021 by two software engineers, Han Wang and Hahnbee Lee, Mintlify is a startup offering software to automate software documentation tasks. The company’s technology scans the code and generates documentation to explain it. With automated, clean and complete documentation, it saves time and improves the code base. The company’s technology analyzes the code and generates documentation to explain it, using natural language processing and web scraping capabilities. It is also available as a Visual Studio Code extension and IntelliJ plugin.
Mintlify’s goal is to use automation to overcome documentation generation issues. It is available as a free tool for individual developers. It helps automate task management and development workflows by integrating with platforms like Slack, Dropbox, and GitHub. Mintlify not only generates documentation, but also checks for “outdated” documentation and monitors how users interact with it to improve readability. It can automatically configure alerts to be notified when documentation requires maintenance. It can also assign ownership of documentation to code maintainers.
Since its launch in January, Wang says usage of Mintlify’s free plan has increased 20% per week. The company wants to move towards a premium product aimed at enterprise customers, now that the user base has passed 6,000 active accounts.
The New York-based company raised $2.8 million in a funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from TwentyTwo Ventures and co-founder Quinn Slack. Mintlify will use the funds for product development and increasing its core staff of three people by the end of the year, according to CEO Han Wang.