Command-line browsers Lynx, Links, and w3m



If you’re working at the command line and you need to reach the

Internet, or if you just want to convert an HTML file into neatly formatted

ASCII text, try a text-based web browser.

Text-mode surfing may seem like a

last resort, but a text-based

browser is sometimes the perfect

tool. In this month’s Command Line,

you’ll learn about the no-GUI browsers

Lynx [1], Links [2], and w3m [3].


You can launch Lynx in a terminal or a

virtual console by typing lynx – if you

prefer, you can pass a URL or the

address of a local HTML file to the

browser when you launch it, e.g.: