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Instant search and offline access to any API documentation.

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Dash overview

Instant search and offline access to any API documentation you may need. Dash is an API Documentation Browser that gives your Mac instant offline access to 200+ API documentation sets and 100+ cheat sheets.

  • Some (not all) of the supported API documentation sets: iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, Swift, Man Pages, Angular, Backbone, Bootstrap, C, C++, CoffeeScript, CSS, Dart, Django, Docker, Drupal, Go, Haskell, HTML, Ionic, Java SE, JavaScript, jQuery, Lua, MongoDB, Mono, MySQL, Node.js, Pandas, Perl, PHP, PostgreSQL, Python, Qt, React, Redis, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Scala, SQLite, Underscore.js, Unity 3D, WordPress, Yii
  • Generate docsets from: github.com, rubygems.org, godoc.org, packagist.org, maven.org, hackage.haskell.org, hexdocs.pm, pub.dartlang.org, cljdoc.org
  • Browse and search Stack Overflow while offline
  • Integrate Dash with 30+ code editors and apps
  • Methods are conveniently shown in a special Table of Contents
  • Fuzzy search. Don't let misspells get in your way
  • Built for speed. Searching is almost instant

What’s new in version 7.2.1

Updated on Jan 23 2024

  • Fixed an issue which caused back/forward two-finger swipe navigation to interfere with scrolling elements within the page.
View older Dash updates

Information

License

Shareware

Size

20.3 MB

Developer’s website

https://kapeli.com/dash

Downloads

41801

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.13.9 or later
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Helmo-Hass
Helmo-Hass
Aug 18 2023
7.0.0
0.0
Aug 18 2023
0.0
Version: 7.0.0
macOS 10.13.9 ???
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
Sep 5 2018
4.5.0
0.0
Sep 5 2018
0.0
Version: 4.5.0
I tried it for a while and even bought a license for it. But it faded away from my daily workflow because I ran into more than a few cases in which the documentation for some .js libraries wasn't available in Dash format. It can be handy if you need offline access to many languages and frameworks. But, in practice, I'm very rarely off-line, and I find it more versatile to search on Google.
Helmo-Hass
Helmo-Hass
Mar 24 2018
4.1.6
0.0
Mar 24 2018
0.0
Version: 4.1.6
@ dev.
[What's New
Version 4.1.6:
Fixed an embarrassing issue which I can't publicly reveal in the release notes.]

Could it be ...was already licensed for al? :)
kidding !!
chadatmacupdate
chadatmacupdate
Feb 16 2018
4.1.4
5.0
Feb 16 2018
5.0
Version: 4.1.4
love this app!
iareed0
iareed0
Feb 14 2018
4.1.4
0.0
Feb 14 2018
0.0
Version: 4.1.4
It seems interesting.
pooyakamel
pooyakamel
May 28 2017
4.0.3
5.0
May 28 2017
5.0
Version: 4.0.3
Snippet manager + API docs all at once! great.
Broz
Broz
Feb 21 2017
4.0.0
0.0
Feb 21 2017
0.0
Version: 4.0.0
Is there an upgrade price for owners of version 3? I've not found it...
anonymous-squirrel
anonymous-squirrel
Feb 21 2017
4.0.0
5.0
Feb 21 2017
5.0
Version: 4.0.0
Dash has always been a great app. I've used it since version 1. Now with the new interface and dark mode in version 4, it's BEAUTIFUL too.
D9
D9
Jun 28 2016
3.3.0
5.0
Jun 28 2016
5.0
Version: 3.3.0
A wonderful tool that's a must in any developer's toolkit. The unobtrusive but universal interface is well thought-out. The documentation resources are extensive and customizable. And last, but most importantly, the Search function is robust and extensive.

Need to find a bit of code, looking for the best implementation, or want to get clarification on definitions and methods for elements, Dash is the quickest, most thorough means to accomplish this.
SofiaClarkson
SofiaClarkson
Jan 13 2016
3.2.1
4.5
Jan 13 2016
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
Not bad
nanometer
nanometer
Aug 21 2015
3.1.0
4.0
Aug 21 2015
4.0
Version: 3.1.0
The app is really good in terms of GUI-design and general responsiveness, it is definitely unmatched on the Mac platform. However, I do have some complaints to make now that a new paid update is released. There is nothing worth paying $19.99 for in the Dash 3 update if you already have Dash 2.

If however the developers decide to better the quality of many essential docsets such as the MySQL docset I might consider purchasing the upgraded version despite the almost 4x increase in price. What makes the app after all are the docsets themselves. If I were them I'd focus on improving the indexing and theming of the current docsets.

Idk if this is relevant or not, but I also own the iOS version of Dash and most docstets are definitely not fit for such a small screen as the iphone 5 screen for example. The Dash team should focus on optimizing their current docsets to fit a small mobile device.
What they should improve is:
- Zooming, pages should not be zoomed out. Long words should be word-wrapped, and in worst cases cut in half. (It's better to cut a function name for example in half rather than having the whole page show on half of the screen, and have the other half of the screen blank.). They should also avoid fixed sizes on images. Make them small and make it so that the user can click the image to enter a new ios storyboard-page where he/she can zoom and look closely at the image. Tables should be wrapped in a container so that the data doesn't overflow.
- Minimize the file size of the docsets. I know that Dash 3 has a functionality to handle archived docsets (I hope it will be implemented in iOS too), which is a step into the right direction. But there is still much room for improvements in the docstets themselves. For example: Why is the "Drupal 8" docset 500+ MB in large? That's absolutely crazy, and quite frankly not something you would like to have on your phone. To fix this they should remove unnecessary footers/headers from the pages and optimize the HTML itself a little. Btw, some Drupal 8 doc pages are absolutely unreadable in iOS, especially pages that have tables in them.

The last thing they should improve is page lengths. Some pages, such as the ones in the MySQL docs, are really long and they are about many different functions. For example, the documentation about SELECT and UPDATE is on the same page. The page is probably thousands of lines long. In my opinion it should be split in several pieces to avoid accidentally scrolling to the wrong subject.

Don't let all the negativity in my review make you think this is a bad app, it's not. It's the best one out there and is the way to go if you need offline documentation on Mac OS X. However, as I described, there are some issues. If you need an all-in-one documentation app for Mac, get Dash despite what I wrote above it's the best you'll get.
But certainly avoid their iOS version until they fix what I mentioned above, that is where you will encounter most the problems. That is because many documentation pages are simply not optimized for the mobile world yet so the Dash team have to put increased effort on making them readable on the iphone.

Summary: Dash is getting really pricey and if they want to justify the price-increase they have to fix their existing docs, both on Mac and iOS.
chadatmacupdate
chadatmacupdate
Jul 10 2015
3.0.2
5.0
Jul 10 2015
5.0
Version: 3.0.2
I have been using Dash since version 1, and find it incredibly useful. I generally code in about 5 or 6 different languages, and use many different frameworks in each language - Dash is my go-to solution for searching documentation. By creating document sets, I can search across several different frameworks and APIs for each language, which is great. In some cases I use the google and Stack Overflow searching options as well to look up solutions posted by others. Each update has added nice features and polish - this is one app that every Mac developer should have, no matter what type of code they write.
Fire-Mobile-Studio
Fire-Mobile-Studio
Apr 9 2015
2.2.4
3.0
Apr 9 2015
3.0
Version: 2.2.4
Good! Simple and useful tool!
vipicon
vipicon
Apr 7 2015
2.2.4
4.0
Apr 7 2015
4.0
Version: 2.2.4
Great App!
sketchdesigner
sketchdesigner
Apr 7 2015
2.2.4
4.0
Apr 7 2015
4.0
Version: 2.2.4
Dash is good! free me from searching api everywhere.
Geekkkker
Geekkkker
Apr 7 2015
2.2.4
5.0
Apr 7 2015
5.0
Version: 2.2.4
Like it so much! Itmake my life easy, Cool!
Leon-Belmont
Leon-Belmont
Mar 11 2015
2.2.4
5.0
Mar 11 2015
5.0
Version: 2.2.4
One masterpiece just saving developers' asses. I wish this could have a version for Linux.
Big77
Big77
Mar 11 2015
2.2.4
0.0
Mar 11 2015
0.0
Version: 2.2.4
New in Dash 2.2.4: • Added Lua 5.3 docset • Better support for the new appledoc docset template • Better support for the latest OS X and iOS docsets • You can now switch tabs using CMD+1-9
applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
Feb 11 2015
2.2.3
5.0
Feb 11 2015
5.0
Version: 2.2.3
This is an A-list app, polished, professional and reasonably priced at $20. I only wish more apps were of this standard (I only wish I could write my own apps at this standard!!).

The Doc management and the ease with which you can call them is superb. The integration with StackExchange is a massive bonus. I now don't need to go searching online or mess about trying to fill in the gaps in Xcode's piss-poor has-to-be-online documentation viewer.

The snippet insertion feature is also fantastic and works across all apps on the system. You can save and insert snippets into Xcode, WingIDE, Script Editor, Sublime, TextWrangler etc etc.

Absolutely brilliant.
Xplicit
Xplicit
Oct 28 2014
2.2.0
0.0
Oct 28 2014
0.0
Version: 2.2.0
I was thinking about switching from CodeBox to Dash. Too bad, Dash has no import feature. So noswitch, bit disappointing though.
jojimbody
jojimbody
Oct 1 2023
7.1.2
5.0
Oct 1 2023
5.0
Version: 7.1.2
RobertAudi
RobertAudi
Sep 29 2022
6.3.2
5.0
Sep 29 2022
5.0
Version: 6.3.2
SoleOffice Team
SoleOffice Team
Feb 13 2019
2.5
Feb 13 2019
2.5
Version: null
Edelheid
Edelheid
Dec 12 2018
1.5
Dec 12 2018
1.5
Version: null
t-19
t-19
Sep 2 2018
4.5
Sep 2 2018
4.5
Version: null
sbenitezb
sbenitezb
Aug 10 2018
5.0
Aug 10 2018
5.0
Version: null
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Jul 6 2018
5.0
Jul 6 2018
5.0
Version: null
chadatmacupdate
chadatmacupdate
Feb 16 2018
5.0
Feb 16 2018
5.0
Version: null
pooyakamel
pooyakamel
May 28 2017
5.0
May 28 2017
5.0
Version: null
anonymous-squirrel
anonymous-squirrel
Feb 21 2017
5.0
Feb 21 2017
5.0
Version: null
Mindplay
Mindplay
Feb 20 2017
5.0
Feb 20 2017
5.0
Version: null
anonymous-pelican-1791065
Oct 21 2016
5.0
Version: null
D9
D9
Jun 28 2016
5.0
Jun 28 2016
5.0
Version: null
Atika33
Atika33
Jun 4 2016
4.5
Jun 4 2016
4.5
Version: null
hanleybrand
hanleybrand
Apr 19 2016
5.0
Apr 19 2016
5.0
Version: null
re0marb1e
re0marb1e
Jan 24 2016
5.0
Jan 24 2016
5.0
Version: null
SofiaClarkson
SofiaClarkson
Jan 13 2016
4.5
Jan 13 2016
4.5
Version: null
xesuschang
xesuschang
Jan 12 2016
1.5
Jan 12 2016
1.5
Version: null
anonymous-wallaby-6999
Sep 25 2015
5.0
Version: null
ToruX
ToruX
Sep 11 2015
5.0
Sep 11 2015
5.0
Version: null
nanometer
nanometer
Aug 21 2015
4.0
Aug 21 2015
4.0
Version: null
anonymous-dingo-1006
anonymous-dingo-1006
Jun 29 2015
4.5
Jun 29 2015
4.5
Version: null
Mac-Expert-1000-Level
Mac-Expert-1000-Level
Apr 23 2015
5.0
Apr 23 2015
5.0
Version: null
Fire-Mobile-Studio
Fire-Mobile-Studio
Apr 9 2015
3.0
Apr 9 2015
3.0
Version: null
vipicon
vipicon
Apr 7 2015
4.0
Apr 7 2015
4.0
Version: null
sketchdesigner
sketchdesigner
Apr 7 2015
4.0
Apr 7 2015
4.0
Version: null
Geekkkker
Geekkkker
Apr 7 2015
5.0
Apr 7 2015
5.0
Version: null
Leon-Belmont
Leon-Belmont
Mar 11 2015
5.0
Mar 11 2015
5.0
Version: null
applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
Feb 11 2015
5.0
Feb 11 2015
5.0
Version: null
Bazineta
Bazineta
Oct 2 2014
5.0
Oct 2 2014
5.0
Version: null
modulex
modulex
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Version: null
aadams
aadams
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Oct 1 2014
5.0
Version: null
cantor
cantor
Sep 7 2014
5.0
Sep 7 2014
5.0
Version: null
daweil4622
daweil4622
Aug 7 2014
0.5
Aug 7 2014
0.5
Version: null
trungpt
trungpt
Jul 10 2014
5.0
Jul 10 2014
5.0
Version: null
GavinS8292
GavinS8292
Jul 2 2014
5.0
Jul 2 2014
5.0
Version: null
anonymous-gecko-4267
Mar 8 2014
5.0
Version: null
Kris-nx
Kris-nx
Nov 7 2013
5.0
Nov 7 2013
5.0
Version: null
Majid-Hazari
Majid-Hazari
Oct 24 2013
5.0
Oct 24 2013
5.0
Version: null
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
Oct 20 2013
4.0
Oct 20 2013
4.0
Version: null
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