In the world of internet browsing, there are a plethora of options available for users. While many are familiar with graphical browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, there is a subset of browsers designed for use within the terminal. These text-based browsers provide a unique browsing experience, offering a level of simplicity and speed that their graphical counterparts often can’t match. This article will explore some of these alternative terminal browsers, moving beyond the well-known
elinks to introduce you to other options.
Lynx: The Classic Terminal Browser
One of the oldest web browsers still in use today,
lynx, was first released in 1992. It’s a text-based browser that runs inside the terminal. To install
lynx on an Ubuntu system, you can use the following command:
sudo apt-get install lynx
This command uses
sudo to run the command as an administrator,
apt-get is the package handling utility in Ubuntu,
install is the command to install a package, and
lynx is the name of the package.
After installation, you can start browsing by typing
lynx followed by the URL of the website you want to visit. For example:
Links: A Modern Take on Terminal Browsing
links is a more recent text-based browser that offers a robust feature set. It can handle complex website formats and even display frames. To install
links, use the following command:
sudo apt-get install links
To start browsing with
links followed by the URL of the website you want to visit in the terminal.
W3M: A Different Approach to Terminal Browsing
w3m is another text-based browser that stands out for its unique interface and ability to render web pages in a readable way, regardless of their complexity. It can even display images in the terminal (with the right setup). To install
w3m, use the following command:
sudo apt-get install w3m
To start browsing with
w3m followed by the URL of the website you want to visit in the terminal.
Browsh: The Modern Terminal Browser
browsh, you can follow the instructions provided on the Browsh website.
elinks is a solid choice for terminal browsing, it’s far from the only option. Each of the browsers discussed in this article brings something unique to the table, and they’re all worth checking out to see which one best fits your needs. Whether you value the simplicity and speed of
lynx, the modern features of
browsh, or something in between, there’s a terminal browser out there for you. Happy browsing!