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zeal noun

  1. a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
  2. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
  3. prompt willingness

(from WordNet 3.0)

Zeal is a simple offline documentation browser inspired by Dash.


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For details about binary packages (currently available for Windows and Ubuntu) see downloads page. Also, the latest unstable builds are available here.

How to use

After installing Zeal, you need to download docsets. Go to File->Options->Docsets, select the ones you want, and click the Download button.

How to compile

If you prefer to compile Zeal manually.


To compile it, run qmake and make.

Query & Filter docsets

You can limit the search scope by using ':' to indicate the desired docsets.


You can also search multiple docsets separating them with a comma:


Command line

If you prefer, you can start with Zeal queries from command line, for this, use the option --query:

zeal --query python:bomb

Creating your own docsets

You can use Dash's instructions for generating docsets.