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Did you know there is a software that can browse the internet via the konsole ?, there is ELinks small piece of software that can do it. ELinks can render your internet in text mode, so If you feel bored to run the internet via the regular browser, you can use ELinks. ELinks is an advanced and well-established feature-rich text mode web (HTTP/FTP/..) browser. ELinks can render both frames and tables, is highly customizable and can be extended via Lua or Guile scripts. It is quite portable and runs on a variety of platforms.

ELinks Features:

  • HTTP and Proxy authentication
  • Persistent HTTP cookies
  • Support for browser scripting in Perl, Ruby, Lua and GNU Guile
  • Tabs (though still text mode)
  • HTML tables and HTML frames
  • Background download with queueing
  • Some support for Cascading Style Sheets
  • Some support for ECMAScript by using Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine
  • Editing of text boxes in external text editor
  • Mouse support
  • Colour text display
  • Protocols supported: local files, finger, http, https, ftp, fsp, smb, IPv4, IPv6

How to Install ELinks on Ubuntu

You can install Elinks via Synaptic or by using sudo apt-get command.

$ sudo apt-get install elinks

If you need the packages and source, you can find it here

Using ELinks

You can run ELinks by using this command:

$ elinks
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Enter The URL

Now ELinks want you to enter the URL you want to browse, in this example I want to open facebook. So in the URL type the regular facebook address and press the OK Button.

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facebook via ELinks

Now the page will loading in Text-Mode, and I entered my credentials to login to my account. Don’t forget to press login after entering your credentials. If there is a warning to post form data, just press YES to continue.

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Login to Facebook

And viola, welcome to facebook in text mode. Now let’s try to post a new status.

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Post new Status

Let’s check your status via the regular web browser (ie. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc).

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Status Updated

The status has been posted, as you can see ELinks function like a regular web browser. Wow is that cool isn’t ? So if you want to know more about ELinks, I suggest to to install and try it right now .

That’s all for my post about ELinks, If you have question please leave it on the comment below. I will share another cool application later, so thanks for coming to my blog. Oh maybe you want to visit my other post about cool twitter client.

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