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Dash (Docs & Snippets)

By Bogdan Popescu

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••• Dash is free to download and try out. However, you can purchase Dash using an In-App Purchase •••

Instant search and offline access to any API documentation you may need.

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see below).

Documentation Browser Features:
• Offline Documentation: iOS, OS X, Swift, Man Pages, .NET Framework, ActionScript, Akka, Android, AngularJS, Angular.dart, Ansible, Apache, Appcelerator Titanium, AppleScript, Arduino, Backbone, Bash, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Chai, Chef, Clojure, CMake, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Compass, Cordova, Corona, CSS, D3.js, Dart, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, ElasticSearch, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js,, Erlang, Express.js, Expression Engine, ExtJS, Flask, Font Awesome, Foundation, GLib, Go, Grails, Groovy, Grunt, Haml, Haskell, HTML, Jade, Jasmine, Java SE, Java EE, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, jQuery UI, Knockout.js, Kobold2D, Laravel, LaTeX, Less, Lo-Dash, Lua, Marionette.js, Meteor, MomentJS, MongoDB, Mongoose, Mono, MooTools, MySQL, Nginx, Node.js, NumPy, OCaml, OpenCV, OpenGL, Perl, PhoneGap, PHP, PHPUnit, Play Framework, Polymer.dart, PostgreSQL,, Prototype, Puppet, Python, Qt, R, Redis, RequireJS, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Rust, Sass, SaltStack, Scala, SciPy, Sencha Touch, Sinon, Smarty, Sparrow, Spring Framework, SproutCore, SQLAlchemy, SQLite, Statamic, Stylus, SVG, Symfony, Tcl, Tornado, Twig, Twisted, TYPO3, Underscore.js, Unity 3D, Vagrant, Vim, VMware vSphere, WordPress, Xamarin, Xojo, XSLT, XUL, Yii, YUI, Zend Framework, Zepto.js.
• Download docsets from,, (Java and Scala), (PHP) and
• Supports docsets generated using popular tools like Appledoc and Doxygen.
• Methods are conveniently shown in a special Table of Contents.
• Highlighted in-page search.
• Save bookmarks of your most used documentation pages.
• Create search profiles to easily switch between docsets.
• Easily search specific docsets by defining keyword filters (e.g. start your query with "python:" to search only the Python documentation).
• Integration plugins for: Xcode, Alfred, Quicksilver, LaunchBar, Coda, Espresso, PopClip, Sublime Text, Atom, Chocolat, Emacs, Vim, BBEdit, TextWrangler, TextMate, Eclipse, AppCode, Android Studio, IntelliJ Idea, RubyMine, WebStorm, PhpStorm, PyCharm, Terminal, AppleScript.
• Easily integrate with any other application using the "dash://" URL scheme or the "Look up in Dash" system service.
• Fuzzy search. Don't let misspells get in your way.
• Built for speed. Searching is almost instant.

Snippet Manager Features:
• Collect snippets of code that you reuse often.
• Sync by saving your library in Dropbox.
• Over 80 syntaxes for code highlighting.
• Variable Placeholders can be edited before pasting.
• Abbreviations are expanded wherever you type them.

Special Snippet Placeholders:
• @clipboard expands into the contents of the clipboard.
• @cursor repositions the cursor after expansion.
• @date expands into the current date.
• @time expands into the current time.

Other Features:
• Retina-ready.
• Multi-Touch Gestures.
• Menu item or dock application, always one keyboard shortcut away.
• Users that want to use Dash only as a Snippet Manager or Documentation Browser, can do so.

In-App Purchases
• Dash will nag and annoy you every now and then, in order to purchase.

What's New in Version 2.2.3

• Dash for iOS has been released! Go get it on the iOS App Store.

• Added Go snippet syntax highlighting support
• Dash won't hide anymore when expanding snippets (note: only in Yosemite)
• Fixed searching issues in Ruby docsets repo in Preferences > Downloads
• Fixed scrolling performance issues in the HUD window style
• Fixed in-page search issues in the Ruby docsets repo

If you like Dash, please rate it on the Mac App Store or tweet about it. Thank you!


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Customer Reviews

Offline documentation in a centralized place

I take a light rail into work everyday and use that time to hack on personal projects. There's lots of times where signal is bad or impossible due to tunnels, but being able to look up docs even when my tethering is down is a lifesaver. It does a great job keeping docsets and cheatsheets up to date. There's a plethora of docsets out there with multiple versions as well. You can recommend a docset be added, or add it yourself and point Dash at the file - I think there's an API it uses to consume documentation.

There's also an Alfred plugin for it, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.

I haven't gotten any use out of the snippet support, but someone I know uses it almost exclusively for that.

Amazing App that Saves Time

I had downloaded this app a while back and then ignored it. I’m glad I finally opened it back up and gave it a shot because it is incredibly useful. I’ve been using it nonstop for the last couple months. It has a great interface and search functionality. It offers tabs so you can have various API documentation open at once during a project. The free version does offer a lot of great features, but it was worth using the in-app purchase to unlock the app to use it properly (no waiting). My one wish is that they had some Salesforce APEX and Visual Force documentation on here, but that is only because I started working on the platform and have no idea what I am doing yet :)

It just works

This is the documentation viewer Apple should have built-in to Xcode. You have all your Mac and iOS documentation, plus every other language you’re interested in (so handy to have more often than you’d expect). And it’s all available offline all the time, Xcode likes to assume you are always connected to the Internet and fails miserably often if you are not.

With the snippet editor, customizable docsets and searches and all the other features in Dash, it just works the way you need, pull it up, get what you need, continue working.

Dash (Docs & Snippets)
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  • Free
  • Category: Developer Tools
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015
  • Version: 2.2.3
  • Size: 11.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Bogdan Popescu

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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