A smart and simple plugin that provides keyboard shortcut access for Dash, Velocity or Zeal in IntelliJ IDEA, RubyMine, WebStorm, PhpStorm, PyCharm, DataGrip, CLion, GoLand and Android Studio.
To install the plugin in your IDE go to Preferences -> Plugins -> Browse repositories and search for "Dash".
The default shortcut assigned to smart-search is Cmd-Shift-D (Mac OS X) or Ctrl-Shift-D (Windows, Linux).
A menubar command named "Smart-Search Documentation" can be found in the "Tools" menu.
The plugin either searches for the statement at caret position or the current selection. It will identify the programming language in use and request filtered results accordingly. A non filtered search over all documentation entries can be invoked by adding the Alt modifier key to the shortcut. "Search all Documentation" is also available in the tools menu.
You can change the shortcut at Preferences -> Keymap -> Plug-ins -> Dash.
You can add a button to the toolbar. Right-click the menubar -> Customize […]. You will find the button under "Plug-ins -> Dash".
Supported API Documentation Browsers
Kapeli Dash (Mac OS X)
Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash stores snippets of code and instantly searches offline documentation sets for 150+ APIs (for a full list, see below). You can even generate your own docsets or request docsets to be included. http://kapeli.com/dash
Velocity gives your Windows desktop offline access to over 150 API documentation sets (provided by Dash for OS X). https://velocity.silverlakesoftware.com
Zeal (Linux & Windows)
Zeal is a simple offline API documentation browser inspired by Dash (OS X app). http://zealdocs.org
On Windows, when using Zeal the IDE shows
Failed to open dash-plugin://... in the Event Log
It looks like the URL handler has not been registered for Zeal. Please run
The plugin does not work on old IDEs
Older IDE versions like AppCode 1.x are not supported anymore. Please manually install version 2.2 of the plugin: https://github.com/gdelmas/IntelliJDashPlugin/releases/tag/2.2
In rare conditions the installation from the repositories does not work
It looks like there is an IntelliJ/Java bug with OS X Mavericks which prevents to install plugins from the repositories. Please install the plugin manually from here. For additional information check issue #13.