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ELinks - an advanced web 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 scripts. It is very portable and runs
on a variety of platforms.

The ELinks official website is available at

Please see the SITES file for mirrors or other recommended sites.  If you
want to install ELinks on your computer, see the INSTALL file for further

A good starting point is documentation files available in doc/, especially the
file index.txt.

If you want to request features or report bugs, see community information at and feedback information available at

If you want to write some patches, please first read the doc/hacking.txt

If you want to add a new language or update the translation for an existing
one, please read po/README document.

If you want to write some documentation, well, you're welcome! ;)

Historical notes

Initially, ELinks was a development version of Links (Lynx-like text WWW
browser), with more liberal features policy and development style.  Its purpose
was to provide an alternative to Links, and to test and tune various new
features, but still provide good rock-solid releases inside stable branches.

Why not contribute to Links instead?  Well, first I made a bunch of patches for
the original Links, but Mikulas wasn't around to integrate them, so I started
releasing my fork. When he came back, a significant number of them got refused
because Mikulas did not like them as he just wouldn't have any use for them
himself.  He aims to keep Links at a relatively closed feature set and merge
only new features which he himself needs.  It has the advantage that the tree is
very narrow and the code is small and contains very little bloat.

ELinks, on the contrary, aims to provide a full-featured web browser, superior
to both lynx and w3m and with the power (but not slowness and memory usage) of
Mozilla, Konqueror and similar browsers. However, to prevent drastic bloating
of the code, the development is driven in the course of modularization and
separation of add-on modules (like cookies, bookmarks, ssl, scripting etc).

For more details about ELinks history, please see

If you are more interested in the history and various Links clones and versions,
you can examine the website at

vim: textwidth=80
2015-09-17 Witold FilipczykRevert "Shorten add_chars. Do not call compare_fg_color... master
2015-09-17 Witold FilipczykShorten add_chars. Do not call compare_fg_color and...
2015-08-22 Witold Filipczykdeflate once again.
2015-08-22 Witold FilipczykPrefer gzip.
2015-07-01 Witold Filipczyk-VERS-SSL3.0 in gnutls to avoid SSL error.
2015-05-12 Witold Filipczykauto-completion reads not only the first character...
2015-05-10 Witold Filipczykmem_free_if where aplicable. Initialised memory in...
2015-05-09 Witold FilipczykRevert "Apply styles of html element for body element."
2015-05-09 Witold FilipczykUnitialised variable found by valgrind.
2015-02-25 Witold FilipczykChanges to let it build with bison-3.0.
2015-01-02 Witold FilipczykIntroduced the document.browse.show_refresh_link option.
2015-01-02 Witold Filipczykexpert is also proper suffix.
2014-09-22 Witold Filipczykbug 1145: The successor has the URL "freec...
2014-09-01 Witold Filipczykdeflate switched on again.
2014-09-01 Witold Filipczykdeflate is broken.
2014-06-26 Bin Guo Fixed problem of converting more thant 256 chars.
2 years ago elinks-0.12pre6 ELinks 0.12pre6 ===============
6 years ago elinks-0.11.7 ELinks 0.11.7
6 years ago elinks-0.12pre5 ELinks 0.12pre5 ===============
6 years ago elinks-0.12pre4 ELinks 0.12pre4 ===============
6 years ago elinks-0.12pre3 ELinks 0.12pre3 ===============
6 years ago elinks-0.11.6 ELinks 0.11.6
7 years ago elinks-0.12pre2 ELinks 0.12pre2 ===============
7 years ago elinks-0.11.5 ELinks 0.11.5
7 years ago elinks-0.12pre1 ELinks 0.12pre1 ===============
7 years ago elinks-0.11.4 ELinks 0.11.4
7 years ago elinks-0.11.4rc1 ELinks 0.11.4rc1
7 years ago elinks-0.11.4rc0 ELinks 0.11.4rc0
8 years ago elinks-0.11.3 ELinks 0.11.3
8 years ago elinks-0.11.2 ELinks 0.11.2
9 years ago elinks-0.11.1 ELinks 0.11.1
9 years ago elinks-0.11.0 ELinks 0.11.0
3 weeks ago master
2 years ago elinks-0.12
4 years ago elinks-0.11
7 years ago witekfl
7 years ago dom
7 years ago REL_0_10
Cached version (1766s old)
elinks/elinks-j605.git 2 years ago
elinks/images.git Inline images for ELinks 3 years ago
elinks/kon.git Kalle's patches for review 6 years ago
elinks/miciah.git Miciah's changes 6 years ago
elinks/witekfl.git Witekfl's changes 6 years ago
elinks/fonseca.git Fonseca's changes 7 years ago