View Full Version : Best Terminal Based Web Browser

December 16th, 2010, 01:55 PM
After a little incident that left me with invisible windows and menus, I realized that if something serious had happened like that and I needed some help, I wouldn't have a way to get to these forums for advice. So I ask, if all I have access to is the CLI, what is the best Terminal based web browser?

Spice Weasel
December 16th, 2010, 01:59 PM
elinks - for text
links2 - for text + images, make sure you have gpm installed. Can only be ran (with graphics) in a tty. If you don't want graphics, elinks is better.

December 16th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Thanks, I'll give both a try. I'm assuming that if X is down or some other crazy thing happens to the GUI, then I'll be using it in a tty.

December 16th, 2010, 02:28 PM
My first try at elinks!
GUI Edit: ^Not bad! Navigation takes some getting used to, but it's pretty functional.

Spice Weasel
December 16th, 2010, 02:42 PM
If you need to search the web, use https://ssl.scroogle.org. It works much better than Google does in text mode.

December 17th, 2010, 01:22 AM
Good tip!
Keeping Google guessing... priceless. :p

December 17th, 2010, 10:45 AM
In elinks press . (full stop/period)

Each link will then have a number next to it. Just type the number to go to the link.

To search google press G

This brings up an address box

type g then your search term

g ubuntu

To search wikipedia type

wiki ubuntu

There are other inbuilt searches, looks at the documentation. You can configure your own, should you wish to use scroogle.

December 17th, 2010, 01:27 PM
Whats the Best Web Browser Based Terminal ?

Spice Weasel
December 17th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Whats the Best Web Browser Based Terminal ?


December 17th, 2010, 02:17 PM
I'd probably use a live CD and do it graphically.

Asking what's the best terminal based web browser is kind of like asking what's the best type of headache you can get. ;)

November 28th, 2012, 01:53 PM
There is a built in browser with 10.04 and up. It's w3m and admittedly it's a little trickier than the elinks or links2 but comes natively installed so.. there's that. Just scroll the the man page for w3m for a few minutes and you'll have it down pat.

November 28th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Night of the living dead-threads?!