One web browser that can be run in a plain text terminal is called Lynx.
Because Lynx is text-based, you will only be able to see text on web
pages. Instead of images, you'll see placeholders like
[image1.gif]. Also, fancy formatting like tables
may not appear correctly.
To start Lynx, we can type:
or start it up with a initial web page to load:
% lynx http://www.cs.bu.edu
at the UNIX prompt.
When Lynx starts up, it will either display its own default page or the one you requested:
Here, we told it to load the main page for the Computer Science Department.
The are a few ways to navigate around a page you are viewing in Lynx. First, we can use the up and down arrow keys to go from link to link on the page:
Note that it highlights whatever is the current link.
Also, we can use <Space> and "
b" to go forward or
backward one screen in the page:
Once a link you want to go to is highlighted, you just need press <Return> to go to that page:
As in other web browsers, you can go back to the previous page. To do so, press the left arrow. To go forward again, press the right arrow.
If you want to load a new page, just type "
g". It will ask
you to type the "URL" to open (followed by <Return>). For example,
we could load the main BU page by typing "http://www.bu.edu":
Those are the main operations you need to know in Lynx. If you need
to know about other commands, you can access help by typing
This will load a web page where there are links for looking up keystrokes, etc. Remember, you can get back to the web page you where just viewing using the left arrow.
Finally, when you are done with Lynx, press "
q" to exit:
It will ask you to make sure you want to exit.