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HTML to text converter

Vilistextum is a small, fast HTML to text converter. It is quite fault-tolerant and deals well with badly-formed or otherwise quirky HTML. It has full support for different character sets (e.g. Unicode). It can optimize for ebook reading, collapse multiple blank lines, and create footnotes out of links. A GUI frontend using 'kaptain' is included.


User manpage available in HTML format from


Download version 2.6.9 (stable)
released on 22 October 2006


Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey21 April 2004

Leaders and contributors

Patric Müller Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,
SF pageGeneral
GH pageVCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisiteKaptain (to use the GUI frontend)
Weak prerequisitelibiconv (for multibyte support)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 1 March 2017.


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