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Dash for macOS Reviews

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash searches offline documentation of 200+ APIs and stores snippets of code. You can also generate your own documentation sets.

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  1. Stan Bright avatar
    One of my favourite productivity tools as a software developer

    Once you get use to it, you won't be able to imagine your life without Dash. It will save you a bit of time every day. Many times.

    As a bonus you can use the "snippets" feature as a generic text-expander. That saves me tons of time when writing emails, too.

    p.s. aText is not exactly a direct competitor; however, I replaced it through the snippets feature of Dash.

    🏁 Competitors: aText

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Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Dash for macOS and what they use it for.
  • Ask HN: Roast My Startup
    I'm highly skeptical because there's been lots of apps that promise an external memory - Asana, Evernote, Notion, Obsidian. Most fall short. But the gap between Obsidian falling short and what I'd like it to do isn't worth $99 per year. There's two productivity tools I find magical: 1. ChatGPT wired into my command prompt. 2. Dash: Both are fairly cheap, but I guess what I need is speed of... - Source: Hacker News / 3 days ago
  • Untitled Goose Game Rejected from the Mac App Store Twice
    The question of the blog post was whether it's viable for Mac developers to distribute apps without signing and notarizing them, and I argued it that wasn't: "This is why every Mac developer I know signs up for Developer ID and ships only signed, notarized apps. It would be financial suicide to do otherwise." I've been philosophically opposed to Gatekeeper since its introduction more than 10 years ago, and that... - Source: Hacker News / 14 days ago
  • I've found what I've been looking for!!
    I’ve been using Dash for years on my Mac. Having a dedicated doc browser is a major boon. - Source: Reddit / 16 days ago
  • Where do i get offline wiki?
    You can also try using an offline documentation browser tool such as Dash (macOS only) and Zeal (cross-platform). - Source: Reddit / 22 days ago
  • What paid tools can you not live without?
    Dash for instant access to docs for APIs and libraries I use most often. - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago
  • What apps should I get if I am a programmer in college? Also looking for an app to keep me organized and to brainstorm. Thanks guys.
    Documentationm: Dash (paid) is great but not strictly necessary for quickly referring to documentation. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Predictive Text app
    Dash: Slick UI and fairly fast expansion, but mainly aimed at programmers. Limited feature set, but again that might be enough for you. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Advent of Code and Dash API Browser
    Since I have never used Eclipse Collections before, I have installed the API documentation into Dash for macOS, which is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. I have used Dash for a long time, and love the integration with Alfred to quickly lookup documentation for a method/class. - Source: / 3 months ago
  • Introducing: Alfred Workflow for searching online :help & neovim plugins
    Online help can be achieved better using dash (I'm also using : in Alfred for a different purpose), but I find the vim plugin search is still useful. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Ask HN: Alternative ways to make money with coding and system skills?
    Thanks! I only learn by building small ideas and looking into the Apple documentation through Dash ( and searching "how to do X" on Google. So I can't recommend material from first-hand experience. But I've heard good things about this university video course: On a first glance it seems to cover a lot of stuff I use... - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • awesome-computercraft: An Awesome list for ComputerCraft
    That sounds pretty interesting. You might want to check out documentation aggregators like Zeal and Dash. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • MDN = Markdown
    Zeal is great but we should also mention because zeal can use the docsets from dash for free, pretty nice I would say, and worth supporting dash if you have a mac. - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • week-6: search index and distribution
    This is a third progress report for a command line tool called "Posh TUI". It's an API documentation browser —like Dash, but for your console. - Source: / 5 months ago
  • macOS Ventura is now available
    I have a lifetime/powerpack Alfred license, and I don't use it much, if at all. I have it installed, but in my experience Spotlight has gotten a lot better in recent years, at least to the point where I just use that. My only excuse for using Alfred is Dash (, which integrates with Alfred, but these days so does just about every editor I use (including Vim, Emacs and Sublime Text), so I... - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • POSH TUI: week 4 progress update.
    My name is Stanislav Katkov. I got really frustrated that there are no viable alternatives for Dash, so embarked on a journey to build one. If you are not using Mac/OSX or prefer command line tools to GUI tools and share a similar frustration—you might want to buy a lifetime license. This will guarantee that you'll get any updates of app for free in future and your feedback will be driving roadmap for this tool... - Source: / 5 months ago
  • #buildinpublic, issue 1: building API documentation browser for command line
    It seems, that most of the ruby itself, rails and all other gems I've stumbled upon work with rdoc. Even DASH clearly indicates, that all gem documentation that they store are based of RDoc. - Source: / 5 months ago
  • Not my fault but I gotta deal with it – how I learned about corporate firewalls
    If anyone is stuck somewhere like this, Stack Overflow has dumps regularly updated on -- Dash (or its Windows equivalent, name escapes me) can be used to view and search these dumps (as well as dumps from GitHub, language docs, etc) offline: - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Ask HN: Offline resources during internet outages?
    Dash - > instant offline access to 200+ API documentation sets I came across this last week from an HN thread - thank you HN! - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Ask HN: Offline resources during internet outages?
    Offline documentation browser like or - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • I’m a Productive Programmer with a Memory of a Fruit Fly
    > Having all API docs one key press away is profoundly empowering. > While Dash is a $30 Mac app, there’s the free Windows and Linux version called Zeal[1], and a $20 Windows app called Velocity[2]. Of course there’s also at least one Emacs package doing the same thing: helm-dash[3]. [0] [1] [2] [3]... - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Is there a good way to learn the differences between C89, C99, and C11 without reading the standards?
    I love Zeal and Dash, they‘re awesome when I‘m on the go and don‘t have easy internet access. It‘s a convenient way to view documentation even when online. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago

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