Use Lynx Browser

Why?

This morning, I saw a post on Search Engine People Blog, and decided to make a summary of it, so that I don’t have to think of the reasons for using Lynx when I’m asked for that next time.

Past usage

• Lack of GUI web browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer
• Text browsers were capable of loading contents quickly, if there’s no connection problem.
• The Internet wasn’t fast enought for extensive transmission of images and flash animations.

Present usage

• “You really love text and hate images” :)
• For marketing to search engines
• See what SEOs see”: they use browsers similar to Lynx.

Remarks: Due to my laziness, reasons for search engines to use text browsers, instead of “a modern browser”, are omitted.

How?

For GNU/Linux, type the command for installing Lynx. For

$sudo apt-get install lynx  Fedora $ su
# yum install lynx


Microsoft Windows

Refer to the section Lynx Links in the post on Search Engine People Blog.

What can I see?

This is a screenshot taken in Linux text mode.

Some useful keys

Help

• Use k for keymap
• Use h or ? for help

Browsing

• Use g for inputting URL
• Use G for inputting URL similar to the one of the current page.
• Use l for displaying URLs of hyperlinks.
• Use <Backspace> for displaying browsing history.
• Use \ to view the source code

Searches

• Use / for forward search
• Use n for repeating search forwardly
• Use N for repeating search backwardly

How to save the pages?

• Source code
• Inside Lynx 1. Highlight the link using the cursor 2. Press d to download the source code
• Outside Lynx
Use the following command
$lynx -source [URL] • Formatted output $ lynx -dump [URL]