Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Command line web browsing.

Hi guys. Last days I was so busy with my university works. That's why I couldn't post new posts. Say to lot of things. so now I am talking about command line web browsing as I mentioned above.

How many of you know that you can surf the web using terminal? I think many linux users don't know about terminal based web browsing and web browsers.

In childhood of linux there are no graphical web browsers to surf the internet. those are text based and command based. Now I am going to talk about those web browsers and how they install and use properly. I bring forward some useful web browsers.

1. w3m
w3m is also a command line web browser and it supports to display for tables, frames,SSL connections , color and inline images on suitable terminal.

w3m comes with ubuntu by default. if your distribution is another try with source packages.

w3m with

2. lynx
This browser have more features than w3m and runs on Unix, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ but not 3.1, 3.11, or OS/2 EMX

The features of lynx which are not in w3m
  • Lynx can handle cookies.
  • Lynx has many options.
  • Lynx is multilingual. (W3m is Japanese-English bilingual)
in ubuntu
sudo apt-get install lynx
or using source packages.

lynx with google

3. links
links is also a text-based browser which supports color and monochrome terminals and allows horizontal scrolling.

in ubuntu
sudo apt-get install links

links with

4. retawq
retawq is an interactive, multi-threaded network client (web browser) for text terminals on computers with Unix-like operating systems.

there are no repositories in ubuntu archives.

you can install using sorce packages with simply
./configure -> make -> sudo make install
retawq with ubuntu