Regarding documentation for methods, I am assuming you are referring to the method "help" of Python to get a method's doc string. 
There is a difference between JVM based languages and Python. As far as I know, in case of Python the complete source is present everywhere so the doc strings are present for extraction. But in case of JVM langauges things have to be compiled and the docs are lost. So it's not possible to get the documentation from the final JAR files. That is my understanding and I don't think it's possible to have the documentation the same way as we get in case of Python. 

Tools allow you to attach sources and if you are using something like gradle + Intellij IDEA you can have sources for everything using downloadSources from And the autocomplete you get in Intellij IDEA is great. 

But yeah the groovysh or groovyConsole do not provide the auto complete like in case of Python. 

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 9:02 PM, Aseem Bansal <> wrote:
I searched for "groovy File API" on google and came across the API reference.

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 8:58 PM, Aseem Bansal <> wrote:
For finding all methods including meta methods use something like 


On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 2:35 PM, Александр Решитько <> wrote:
Thank you for the answer.

Unfortunately <instance>.getClass().methods*.name  doesn't reflect all of the instance's methods (as far as i understand it misses those that are added by groovy metaprogramming facilities - returning to the File.eachLine example - it doesn't contain this method).

2016-01-29 4:43 GMT+03:00 Edinson E. Padrón Urdaneta <>:
​> - given an instance of a class in a groovy shell list it's available methods (the only thing I came up with is using a groovy.inspect.swingui.ObjectBrowser)

What about <instance>.getClass().methods*.name (e.g. ''.getClass().methods*.name)?

> - given a Class name find out it's API and at least short descriptions for its members (for example groovy's File class has a neat method eachLine which I couldn't find neither in Oracle's Java official online API reference nor in Groovy's GDK reference - it might be there but I haven't found it when I needed it). The result is that I use google in such cases which isn't the right way to do it IMHO. groovysh doesn't always give auto complete suggestions for such cases also.

Maybe you just missed it?

> - given a class method get it's documentation

Maybe someone with a greater knowledge than mine can give you a more useful answer about this but, as far as I know, the javadocs aren't part of the bytecode, in other words, the documentation is striped away when the source is compiled into bytecode (Python give you access to the docstrings through the class/method/function's `__doc__` instance variable). So, you can't access the javadocs without the source code.