Document your tools. Find them later. Use them more.

TooLoo answers two important questions

  • What tools do I have that can help with this task?
  • What was the name of the tool that does X?

Every team, or individual who’s spent time writing tools to simplify, and automate their work, eventually finds themselves with more tools than they can keep on top of. This is especially true when some of them automate tasks that rarely happen. New folks are always lacking institutional knowledge about available tools. That’s where TooLoo comes in.

TooLoo lets you quickly document all the tools in your arsenal, provide practical descriptions, and point you to the nitty-gritty details when you need them.

TooLoo also lets you associate, and play back Asciicasts external link icon These quick demonstrations help your team-mates, and future self, to see how to use a command, and what to expect from it. Check out an example at the bottom of this page on the demo site external link icon .

When the time comes, our Full text search lets you find things fast.

For example, if you need to provision a new cluster, but forgot the name of the command, just search for “cluster” and it’ll find every tool that mentions, cluster, clusters, clustering, and so on. Or maybe you made a simple script that saves you figuring out a bunch of flags for that once-a-quarter task, but it’s been three months and you don’t remember what you called it. TooLoo’s got you covered.

screenshot of command line interface with two columns listing commands and their short descirptions

Sometimes all you need it to be reminded of the name. Sometimes you need more information. TooLoo will happily show you the details including up-to-the-minute usage instructions generated by the command itself.

a screenshot of a command line interface with two columns. The left column displays an attribute name, and the right its corresponding details.

Share The Love

Searchable Static Blog Sharing

TooLoo can take the details you’ve recorded, and export them as markdown files. Combine these with Hugo external link icon and our free template external link icon and you’ll have a static site with LunrJS Search external link icon built in. Now anyone who’s interested will be able to find your tools, and how to use them, even if they don’t have TooLoo installed. Check out our demo site.

The templates TooLoo uses to generate those files are 100% customizable too.

Docs As Code

We’re firm believers in Docs As Code external link icon and the idea that your ability to document & share shouldn’t require crossing your fingers and hoping that some SAAS company stays in business.

TooLoo’s docs are simple TOML external link icon files that we read into a small SQLite external link icon database on your box. You check them in alongside your tools, so that anyone who has your tools, also has the latest docs.

Tell git’s post-merge and post-commit hooks about our mass-ingester and every time you make, or pull updates TooLoo’s searchable docs will be updated.

No Buy-in required

TooLoo doesn’t require buy-in from anyone: not your boss, not your team, and not a finance department.

Document what you want, when you want, how you want.

While it’d be great if your team collaborated on documenting your tools, the reality is that many devs don’t care about docs. Folks who don’t have ADHD remember things way better than folks who have it.

If being able to quickly find the tools you need to accomplish your tasks is important to you, then TooLoo is too.

If your team doesn’t want TooLoo docs in their repo, just store them somewhere else. TooLoo doesn’t care where you store your files. If you want a searchable web interface, but no-one wants to give you a server for it, Hugo will serve it for you locally.

If your boss doesn’t see the value that’s ok. Your docs never have to leave your system, so you never have to worry about violating your NDA.

Open Sourced Heart

TooLoo is completely open source. If this web-site ceases to exist, TooLoo will keep working. If you want features it doesn’t have, you can add them. If they look like they’ll be useful to other people, we’ll be happy to merge your Pull Request.

You’ll find the AGPL licensed source-code on GitHub external link icon .