Today, I tried to use browser through terminal.
Here the question arises, Why there is a need of it even we have well designed GUI web browsers?
The answer to this question is
- We can use browser of remote server through the terminal. This would take internet of remote server.
- Getting close to command line interface;)
- The data usage is less to a great extent.
There are actually bunch of text-mode web browsers like elink, lynx, w3m etc.
But I tried w3m through this link.
w3m is terminal web browser for linux. It supports for the images, tabs, tables, frames and other features.
sudo apt-get install w3m w3m-img
Here w3m-img package is for inline images.
Well termianls like GNome, KDE console don’t support w3m images. Other terminals like Xterm can.
So, open Xterm terminal and try to explore it.
I here tell you few tips to use browser from it.
will open google page.
Right click button also functions in w3m.
Shift + T —– Open new tab.
Shift + [ —– Switch between tabs.
Shift + H —– w3m help page.
Shift + B —– Go back a page.
Shift + w —– Move to previous word.
w —– Move to next word.
esc +m —– pop-up link list menu.
[ —– Go to the first link.
] —– Go to the last link.
Use arrow keys to move the cursor. If you want to type in a text box, select the text box with your cursor and press Enter before typing your text. Then select the button
A very very interesting feature of w3m is instead of pressing arrow keys and tab again and again to move to the desired location use the shortcut “esc + m” to pop up the list and select one of it. It will automatically render to the desired location.
I enjoyed a lot while doing this. I hope you will also.