Man Reader allows quick, convenient and easy access to the man pages on your system, useful for programmers, system administrators and tweakers.

Man pages provide the help needed to configure and use Unix commands and are usually accessed through Terminal, but this is a clumsy and inconvenient way to view the pages.

• List of all available man pages on your system.
• Show only a section of the pages.
• Search for a man page by name or search within a page.
• Display man page in text or HTML (different pages look best in different formats).
• Step back & forward through recently viewed man pages.
• Live links to 'See Also' entries.
• 'Sticky notes' at the side to jump to sub-sections in a page.
• Bookmark frequently viewed pages.
• Choose a font and size for the display.
• Convenient buttons in the toolbar allow quick access to commonly used utilities.

What’s New

Version 1.10

Fix for possible crash if toolbar apps are not available.
Fix for High Sierra problem where page navigation had stopped working.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

FriendRon ,

Most useful & GREAT support

I’ve been using Man Reader for a while and it has always been one of those apps that I keep on the Dock and refer to when I’m doing some tricky scripting or whatever. I discovered a bug in an earlier version that cause Man Reader to not pick up the man pages from ImageMagic that I loaded with MacPorts. I contacted them and Sarah was ultra responsive. She gave me a couple of test versions and I sent her back the log files and she fixed the problem.

I am SO very pleased with how well Man Reader works and I am SO very pleased with Sarah’s passion for writing software that works.

If you ever use the command line, you NEED this app!

David Sheeks ,

Handy App

This is a nice, inexpensive application well worth looking at. It provides a clean and simple front end for man pages with some quick access features to jump to individual pages and sections and browse back / forward through previously viewed man pages. The UI could use a bit of work (the colors on the section tabs on the right are a bit ugly) but the application seems to work well and definitely adds value beyond to the command line interface (this from someone who works much of the time at a command prompt). Splitting panes in tmux sessions to view man pages will be much less common now.

Update ideas: bookmarking, save notes associated with specific pages, search across man page content in addition to page names.

Orangermac ,

Great Idea & Well Executed

What a fantastic app. Will help me learn what is availabe and navigate through related pages.

One thing that threw me at first: I’m used to searching for flags like -s . If you do this, you get no results unless you escape the dash: \-s It’d be great if -s would work, either by default or via a Preference option.

Wish I had something like this on the Raspberry Pi, Cent OS, etc. side.


Sarah Reichelt
1.3 MB

OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor



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