There are some web browsers that work on the terminal or command line, the command line browser. In this article, you’re going to know what is a command line browser.
Links has two modes: the text mode and the graphical mode. The text mode isn’t very interesting because it doesn’t allow many things to do, but the graphical mode allows to see images *.jpg and *.png.
Also if you’re looking for a better experience with Links, you should try links2, this is an improved version of Links with graphical support by default.
Links is very easy to use, for example, if you want to visit LinuxAndUbuntu homepage you just have to type the following:
- Links runs on Linux, BSD, UNIX in general, OS/2, Cygwin under Windows, AtheOS, BeOS, FreeMint.
- Links runs in graphics mode on X Window System (UN*X, Cygwin), SVGAlib, Linux Framebuffer, OS/2 PMShell, AtheOS GUI
- Links runs in text mode on UN*X console, ssh/telnet virtual terminal, vt100 terminal, xterm, and virtually any other text terminal.
- Links supports colors on terminal.
- Easy and quick user control via pull-down menu in both text and graphics mode, in 25 languages.
- HTML 4.0 support (without CSS)
- HTTP 1.1 support
- Tables, frames in both graphics and text mode, builtin image display in graphics mode.
- Builtin image display for GIF, JPEG, PNG, XBM, TIFF in graphics mode.
- Anti-advertisement animation filter in animated GIFs.
- Background file downloads and more …
The speed benefits of text-only browsing are most apparent when using low bandwidth internet connections, or older computer hardware that may be slow to render image-heavy content.
About the user privacy, Lynx doesn’t support graphics but it supports HTTP cookies, so the privacy isn’t the best part of Lynx because the HTTP cookies can be used to track user information.
In my opinion, I think that Links is faster and simpler than Lynx, so I prefer Links, but you should try which is the best for you. Both of them are good alternatives if you’re looking for the command line web browser. Also, I think that Lynx offers more customization than Links.