How to copy snippets from Github Gists to Dash

If you’re a Dash for MacOS user, here’s a little script to copy existing code snippets saved as Github Gists into the Dash snippets database.

Dash for MacOS is an application that allows to keep a local library of a multitude of programming frameworks and libraries, so that you can search this library quickly using an offline intuitive interface.


Dash has a feature for creating and managing code snippets - there are many other alternatives out there for this - but probably the fact you can store snippets alongside other documentation could be a winner in this case.

Anyhow, since I’ve been collecting lots of snippets as Github Gists, I thought I’d be nice to load them up into Dash so to test it out a bit more!


- the solution below does not extract tags information at the moment

- always a good idea to make a backup copy of the Dash database before messing with it. Then just update the value of the DASH_DATABASE parameter in the script and start the extraction.

- inspired by another gist:

So here we go:

Cite this blog post:

Michele Pasin. How to copy snippets from Github Gists to Dash. Blog post on Published on Dec. 24, 2016.

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