Text based command line web browser - Quick Links


According to Wikipedia

“Text-based browsers are often very useful for users with visual impairment or partial blindness. They are especially useful with speech synthesis or text-to-speech software, which reads content to users.”

Maybe that’s the primary purpose of these terminal-based browsers but as a researcher, I would use these to check how the web application behaves without javascript, I know that disabling javascript in thick client browsers serves the purpose. What if I ask to check content in the application when there’s no browser installed?

As a security researcher, I use it to find vulnerabilities in the web applications. Maybe you need to figure out your own usecases

w3m - w3m is an open source text-based terminal web browser.

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.

Links & Links2 - Both Links & Links2 are the web browsers which runs in both graphics and text mode

Another good resource to know about other command line tools

Please leave a comment if you I missed any


This is the only one here that I have used. Gonna check out the others on Monday.


I use ‘w3m’ often :sunglasses:. Even I was browsing this forum on w3m. Sometimes the request will be dropped due csrf protection. Anyway you can also login using terminal by setting the cookie