perldoc-server - Local Perl documentation server


 perldoc-server [options]

 --perl /path/to/perl   Show documentation for this Perl installation
 --port 1234            Set server port number (defaults to 7375)
 --public               Run as a public server (defaults to private)
 --help                 Display help


Perldoc::Server is a Catalyst application to serve local Perl documentation in the same style as

In addition to keeping the same look and feel of, Perldoc::Server offer the following features:

  • View source of any installed module

  • Improved syntax highlighting

    • Line numbering

    • use and require statements linked to modules

  • Sidebar shows links to your 10 most viewed documentation pages



By default, Perldoc::Server will show documentation for the Perl installation used to run the server.

However, using the --perl command-line option, it is also possible to serve documentation for a different Perl installation, e.g.

 perldoc-server --perl /usr/bin/perl

Note that while Perldoc::Server requires Perl 5.10.0 or newer, the --perl option can be used to display documentation for older Perls.


Sets the server's port number - defaults to 7375 ("PERL" on a phone keypad).


Runs as a public server. If this option is not set, the server will default to private mode, i.e. only accepting connections from localhost.


Jon Allen (JJ) <>

Perldoc::Server was developed at the 2009 QA Hackathon supported by Birmingham Perl Mongers


Copyright (C) 2009 Penny's Arcade Limited -

This library is free software, you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.