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Enhanced version of the 'links' text browser

ELinks is an enhanced version of Links, a Lynx-like text Web browser with support for tables, frames, background downloads, SSL etc. It has a menu-fashioned user interface and is smaller and more lightweight than Lynx. ELinks adds many valuable features, like HTTP and proxy authentication, reasonable cookies support, Lua scripting, downloads resuming, very high configurability and more. ELinks has built-in support for HTTP, FTP, finger and local files; users can define their own external handlers for any other protocols.


User manpage available in HTML format from

"IRC irc:// " IRC Help channel
"IRC irc:// " IRC development channel

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Kelly Hopkins24 August 2009

Leaders and contributors

Jonas Fonseca Maintainer
See the AUTHORS file in the distribution or for a complete list Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking Bug Tracking
Help,Support Newsgroup gmane.comp.web.elinks.user
Developer Newsgroup gmane.comp.web.links
Developer E-mail
Help,Support E-mail
Developer Homepage

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite expat (needed for XBEL bookmarksupport)
Weak prerequisite Ruby (makes it possible to write plugins)
Weak prerequisite SpiderMonkey (ECMAScript support)
Weak prerequisite zlib (for handling compressed documents both locally or from server)
Weak prerequisite GPM (for mouse support)
Weak prerequisite bzlib (for handling local compressed documents)
Weak prerequisite Guile
Weak prerequisite OpenSSL
Weak prerequisite X11 (for setting x terminal emulator title)
Weak prerequisite Perl
Weak prerequisite Lua
Weak prerequisite GNU TLS (for handling HTTPS browsing)
Weak prerequisite Python

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 March 2017.


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