man-db, the on-line manual database

man-db is an implementation of the standard Unix documentation system accessed using the man command. It uses a Berkeley DB database in place of the traditional flat-text whatis databases. man-db is used by several popular GNU/Linux distributions, including:

It also compiles and runs on a number of proprietary Unix systems.

For macOS, you can install man-db using Homebrew with this "tap", or using MacPorts with sudo port install man-db.

The GitLab repository for man-db is updated with new releases reasonably frequently.

See the development page for advice on how to get involved with development.


This Web page is created and maintained by Colin Watson.
Last modified: 2024-07-14