Offline documentation browser inspired by Dash
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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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Get binary builds for Windows and Linux from the download page.

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


  • Qt version 5.2.0 or above. Required modules: Qt WebKit Widgets, Qt SQL plugin for SQLite, Qt X11 Extras (X11 only).
  • libarchive.
  • X11 only: xcb-util-keysyms.
  • Ubuntu Unity only: libappindicator.

To compile Zeal run qmake and then make. Linux users can install Zeal with make install command.

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 Zeal with a query from command line:

zeal python:bomb

Creating your own docsets

You can use Dash's instructions for generating docsets.

Contact and Support

We want your feedback! Here's a list of different ways to contact developers and request help:

  • Report bugs and submit feature requests to GitHub issues.
  • Ask any questions in our Google Group. You can simply send an email to
  • For a quick chat with developers and other Zeal users use our IRC channel: #zealdocs on Freenode. Also available through Kiwi IRC web interface. Please, take into consideration possible time zone differences.
  • Finally, for a private communications send us email.
  • And do not forget to follow @zealdocs on Twitter!


This software is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3). Full text of the license is available in the COPYING file and online.