27. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TechBits · Tags: , ,
Lynx is a text-only web browser originally designed to run on UNIX, but today it also runs on Linux, VMS, MacOS, Windows and other platforms. It was initially developed by a team of University of Kansas students in 1992 for distributing information on a campus-wide information system and as a Gopher client, but it quickly became popular with visually impaired users because of its text-to-speech friendly interface. Although less used today as part of text-to-speech translating systems due to the technological improvements in screen readers, Lynx is still developed, useful, and it’s included as part of many Linux and UNIX distributions, including Cygwin. Lynx is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

Some uses for Lynx :

  • Reading documentation or downloading files in a text-based environment
  • To access websites without graphical displays
  • For use on low bandwidth Internet connections
  • For use on older and slower computer hardware
  • For fast, safe browsing of text-based web sites
  • Search Engine View Emulation
  • Incorporating into scripts and to automate tasks

Advantages of Lynx:

  • Fast, free, and safe
  • Handles cookies
  • Has many options
  • Multilingual
  • No ads

Quick start Lynx info:

Hint: To start browsing, press “g” on the keyboard, enter a website URL and press enter. For help on additional commands, see the sites below:

Lynx: The text browser (what it is, how to use it, where to get it)

Lynx Browser (quick info about Lynx)

Lynx Help for Beginners (quick start info for newbies)

Lynx Users Guide v2.8.7 (full manual)



Other text-based browsers:

Links –  Runs on Linux, Unix, OS/2 and Windows. Renders frames and tables

ELinks – Linux browser based on Links. Renders frames and tables

W3M –  Linux browser that can render frames and tables



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