Text Web Browsers

People who are new to Unix-based systems tend to ask the question "Why on earth would I want a text-mode browser? I'm going to compile X and use Konqueror/Mozilla/Whatever!". Those who have been around systems for a while know that when (not if) you manage to mess up your graphical browser install and you need to look up some information on the web, a console based browser will save you. Also, there are quite a few people who prefer to use one of these browsers as their principle method of browsing; either to avoid the clutter and bandwidth which accompanies images or because they may use a text-to-speech synthesizer which can read the page to them (of use for instance to partially sighted or blind users). In this chapter you will find installation instructions for three console web browsers:


Introduction to Links

Links is a text and graphics mode WWW browser. It includes support for rendering tables and frames, features background downloads, can display colors and has many other features.

Package Information

Links Dependencies


GPM-1.20.1, OpenSSL-0.9.7g, libpng-1.2.8, libjpeg-6b, libtiff-3.7.3, SDL-1.2.8, SVGAlib, DirectFB and X (XFree86-4.5.0 or X.org-6.8.2)

Installation of Links

Install Links by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-graphics: Add this switch if you want to use Links in graphics mode. You will either need to install the X Window System or enable frame buffer support in your kernel and install GPM-1.20.1.

Configuring Links

Config Files


Configuration Information

Links stores its configuration in per-user files in the ~/.links directory. These files are created automatically when links is run for the first time.


Installed Program: links
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a text and graphics mode WWW browser.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600