Zeal – An offline documentation browser for Software Developers and Linux Admins
Recent past I use to travel to my hometown very often for my personal work and I was facing difficulties to write article on due to unavailability of internet as I don’t have proper internet facility.
I was thinking what is the alternate solution to fulfill this.Then I did small google search for offline documentation tool and got the awesome tool called “Zeal”.
Yes, it’s true. It’s awesome tool and supports 194 application documents.
I’m very much comfortable to work with zeal documentation as i’m getting whatever i want it.
Also, we can use this if you want to save some bandwidth when you are running with bandwidth shortage. Also it won’t show any ads, it’s clean and easy to use.
What Is Zeal?
Zeal is a simple offline documentation viewer/browser for Linux. It is inspired by Dash. Currently it supports 194 application documents.
It allows user to download whichever application they want and allow them to instantly searches those downloaded documentation sets in offline.
I have included few of the application which are supported by Zeal.
- Apache HTTP Server
- Appcelerator Titanium
- Bootstrap 2
- Bootstrap 3
- Bootstrap 4
How to install Zeal on Linux
There are various ways to install Zeal, depending on which Linux distribution you use. Prebuilt packages are available in most of the Linux distribution official repository so, use the appropriate distribution package manager to perform the installation.
Fedora system, use DNF Command to install Zeal.
$ sudo dnf install zeal
$ sudo apt install zeal
When the official package becomes outdated for Ubuntu based systems then use the following PPA repository which provides an up-to-date version. Run the following commands to install zeal using the PPA.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeal-developers/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install zeal
Arch Linux based systems, use Pacman Command to install Zeal.
$ sudo pacman -S zeal
RHEL/CentOS systems, use YUM Command to install Zeal.
$ sudo yum install zeal
openSUSE 42.3 system add the following repository then use Zypper Command to install Zeal.
$ sudo zypper addrepo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:tools/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/devel:tools.repo $ sudo zypper refresh $ sudo zypper install zeal
How to launch and use Zeal
To download any of the document sets which is available on Zeal. Go to
Available and search the application which you want to download then finally hit
Download button to download the application document set.
If you would like to filter any specific search you can do it by searching the string with following format. For example, if you would like to search the httpd related documents in Ansible document sets you should apply the following filter
ansible:httpd in the left side panel where text box showing “Enter your query”.
Also, it allow users to integrate zeal with other popular apps such as Atom, Brackets, Emacs, VIM, etc,. To integrate this, refer the following zeal documents.