Introduction to Lynx

Lynx is a text based web browser.

Package information

Lynx dependencies


OpenSSL-0.9.7d, GnuTLS (which needs libgpg-error, libgcrypt and opencdk, in that order.), MTA and Zip-2.3

Installation of Lynx

Install Lynx by running the following commands.

./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/etc --with-zlib &&
make &&
make install &&
make docdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_doc \
    helpdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_help install-doc &&
make docdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_doc \
    helpdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_help install-help

Command explanations

--libdir=/etc: For some reason, the configure and make routine for lynx uses libdir as the prefix for the configuration file. We set this to /etc so that the system wide configuration file is /etc/lynx.cfg.

--with-zlib: This enables support for linking zlib into Lynx.

docdir=... helpdir=...: We set these variables to avoid getting the help and documentation files installed under /etc.

--with-ssl: This enables support for linking SSL into Lynx.

--with-gnutls: This enables support for linking GnuTLS into Lynx.

Configuring Lynx

Config files


Configuration Information

Various settings such as proxies can be set in the system-wide lynx.cfg file found in /etc.


The Lynx package contains lynx .



lynx is a general purpose, text-based, distributed information browser for the World Wide Web.