I often have browser and terminal windows open side by side on my desktop. With this set-up, when unsure of a command I’m about to use in the terminal, it’s handy to be able to load its man page in the browser.
You can use mankier.com for this, but what if you want to view your local copies, not online versions? Here are a few ways to do just that...
The man(1) command itself can generate an HTML version of a man page and load it into your
browser, using the -H option. For example:
$ man -Hfirefox
will load the man page for the man command in Firefox:
KDE’s Konqueror browser handles man pages natively, so using that you
can just type something link
man:rsync in the URL bar:
Konqueror uses man2html(1) under the hood.
On a Debian-based system, the dwww package lets you search for,
browse, and view man pages on your system. Once installed:
$ sudo apt-get install dwww
point your browser to:
Note: dwww uses Apache’s HTTP server by default, so make sure that’s running.