HTTrack is a versatile, open-source website copier that allows users to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory. It builds all directories, gets HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing and running HTTrack on a Linux system.
Before we begin, ensure that you have a running Linux system with superuser (root) access. You will need to use the terminal or command line for this process.
Updating System Packages
Let’s start by updating the system packages. Open a terminal and run the following command:
sudo apt-get update
This command fetches the latest updates for all installed packages on your system.
Once your system is updated, you can install HTTrack. Use the following command:
sudo apt-get install httrack
This command installs HTTrack on your system. The
sudo keyword gives the command root privileges,
apt-get is the package handling utility in Debian-based systems, and
install is the command to install a package.
httrack is the name of the package we want to install.
Installing WebHTTrack (Optional)
If you prefer a GUI version of HTTrack, you can install WebHTTrack instead with the following commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install webhttrack
After successful installation, you can run HTTrack from your terminal by simply typing the command
httrack and pressing
Enter. This will initiate the program and you can start using it to copy websites for offline browsing.
To use HTTrack, you need to specify the URL of the website you want to download. The basic syntax of the command is as follows:
"http://www.example.com" with the URL of the website you want to download. HTTrack will start downloading the website to a local directory.
You can also specify various options and parameters to customize the download process. For example, you can specify the depth of the download with the
httrack "http://www.example.com" -r2
This command will download the specified website and limit the recursion depth to 2 links.
For more options and detailed usage instructions, you can refer to the official HTTrack documentation.
In this article, we have walked through the process of installing and running HTTrack on a Linux system. We’ve also touched on how to use HTTrack to download websites for offline browsing. Remember to use this tool responsibly and respect the rights of website owners. Happy browsing!
Yes, HTTrack can be used to copy an entire website, including all directories, HTML files, images, and other files.
No, you need superuser (root) access to install HTTrack on a Linux system.
No, WebHTTrack is an optional GUI version of HTTrack. You can use HTTrack from the terminal without installing WebHTTrack.
Yes, you can specify the depth of the download using the
-r option followed by a number. For example,
-r2 limits the recursion depth to 2 links.
Yes, you can refer to the official HTTrack documentation for more options and detailed usage instructions.