Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do the definitions and Quick Info come from?

    Quick Info comes from our database and is sourced from official documentation and manual pages so that you don't have to read them. We have technical writers constantly improving Quick Info to make sure it's consistent, concise and can stand alone. We are also constantly adding definitions to our database. 
  • What's the difference between the kmdr-cli and the browser extension?

    The definitions returned for terminal commands via kmdr-cli and the browser extension are the same. If already using your browser, the learner experience is more streamlined with the browser extension. The extension also supports more advanced features than kmdr-cli such as HTML, CSS, and multi-line commands.
  • Does kmdr work with scripts?

    The ability to select multiple lines of code using the extension means you can get explanations for full files, or parts of a script that you want to understand. The program, subcommand or option that you want to learn may very well be a part of a complex structure that's multiple lines and when that's the case you'll want to use the kmdr extension. We use syntax highlighting to help you differentiate the parts of the code you are looking at and explain the attributes of the commands within it.
  • Which shells can be parsed by kmdr?

  • Does the extension work on any website?

    Kmdr detects HTML, CSS, and Bash code-blocks and transforms them depending on the options you set. So long as the code-block has been documented as one of those three types, it will be able to be enhanced by kmdr.

    For terminal commands, you can select and right-click to get a modal window regardless of where you find the commands.

  • How can I receive software updates?

    Chrome users will receive updates as soon as we release the new version.
  • What browsers are supported?

  • What CLI programs/tools does kmdr understand?

    There are hundreds! You can visit the detailed list at
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