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I'm looking for a web browser that I can install on my VPS and through an SSH client like Putty, I can browse the web through. I would like the browser to meet these requirements,

  • Runs on Linux
  • Command line interface
  • Gratis
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    W3m, lynx are the most common options. There are also phantomjs and wget/curl. You don't specify what you mean by CLI, and your answers are TUI-browsers which is another league entirely. – Deer Hunter Dec 30 '15 at 20:09
  • Great point @DeerHunter, I will edit – Tom Dec 30 '15 at 20:09
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    I'd be tempted to DV either the question or the answers, but can't be bothered to care. – Deer Hunter Dec 30 '15 at 20:11
  • @DeerHunter DV? Why? – Tom Dec 30 '15 at 20:15
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    @DeerHunter Well instead, how about a comment on why you would be down voting? – aman207 Dec 31 '15 at 0:09
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Another one I've used is Lynx. It also meets all my requirements of running on Linux, has a command line interface, and is gratis. It's in active development with changes made just a few days ago from the time of this writing.

If you're looking for a browser that has a lot of different options that can be turned on and off, I would recommend this software. It's available on Linux, OS X, and even Windows.

Lynx

Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) browser for users on Unix, VMS, and other platforms running cursor-addressable, character-cell terminals or emulators. That includes vt100 terminals, other character-cell displays, and vt100 emulators such as Kermit or Procomm running on PCs or Macs.

Lynx UI

  • Why would one pick lynx over other choices? – Gilles Dec 30 '15 at 22:27
  • If you're looking for a browser that available on many different platforms including Linux, OS X, and Windows; want a command line browser that is very configurable; and a browser that's still in active development, I would recommend Lynx (as described above) – Tom Dec 31 '15 at 0:05
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    I have used both Lynx as well as ELinks, and I prefer Lynx due to it's simplicity. If I needed a full-blown browser in my command-line, I would use ELinks, but since I don't I prefer Lynx. – zwork Dec 31 '15 at 1:28
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The one I've heard of is ELinks. It's very simple and easy to use. It meets all my requirements of running on Linux, has a command line interface, and is gratis. It supports many different platforms including Linux, OS X, and CygWin.

I would recommend ELinks for day to day use. It supports tabs and a download manager. It also has a history and bookmark system. It also has many options that can be configured.

ELinks - Full-Featured Text WWW Browser

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. Check the about page for a more complete description.

ELinks is an Open Source project covered by the GNU General Public License. It originates from the Links project written by Mikulas Patocka.

ELinks UI

  • Why would one pick elinks over other choices? – Gilles Dec 30 '15 at 22:27
  • @Gilles I have added reasons why to use ELinks, is this what you were looking for in this answer as well as the others?? – Tom Dec 30 '15 at 22:45
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    No, this is still not telling me why I would pick one over the other. I suggest writing a single answers instead of one per program, and writing your own words rather than copying the project descriptions. – Gilles Dec 30 '15 at 22:50
  • "I would recommend ELinks for day to day use. It supports tabs and a download manager. It also has a history and bookmark system. It also has many options that can be configured." These are my own words and tell users why you should pick this one over the others. One recommendation per answer is the consensus, if you feel that this is wrong and that there is a beter way to go about this, you should then explain on meta instead of downvoting multiple answers. – Tom Dec 30 '15 at 23:31

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