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       elinks - lynx-like alternative character mode WWW browser


       elinks [OPTION]... [URL]...


       ELinks is a text mode WWW browser, supporting colors, table rendering,
       background downloading, menu driven configuration interface, tabbed
       browsing and slim code.

       Frames are supported. You can have different file formats associated
       with external viewers. mailto: and telnet: are supported via external

       ELinks can handle both local files and remote URLs. The main supported
       remote URL protocols are HTTP, HTTPS (with SSL support compiled in) and
       FTP. Additional protocol support exists for BitTorrent finger, Gopher,
       SMB and NNTP.

       The homepage of ELinks can be found at <>, where the
       ELinks manual is also hosted.


       Most options can be set in the user interface or config file, so
       usually you do not need to care about them. Note that this list is
       roughly equivalent to the output of running ELinks with the option

       -anonymous [0|1] (default: 0)
           Restricts ELinks so it can run on an anonymous account. Local file
           browsing, downloads, and modification of options will be disabled.
           Execution of viewers is allowed, but entries in the association
           table can´t be added or modified.

       -auto-submit [0|1] (default: 0)
           Automatically submit the first form in the given URLs.

       -base-session <num> (default: 0)
           Used internally when opening ELinks instances in new windows. The
           ID maps to information that will be used when creating the new
           instance. You don´t want to use it.

       -config-dir <str> (default: "")
           Path of the directory ELinks will read and write its config and
           runtime state files to instead of ~/.elinks. If the path does not
           begin with a ´/´ it is assumed to be relative to your HOME

           Print a configuration file with options set to the built-in
           defaults to stdout.

       -config-file <str> (default: "elinks.conf")
           Name of the configuration file that all configuration options will
           be read from and written to. It should be relative to config-dir.

           Print help for configuration options and exit.

       -default-mime-type (alias for mime.default_type)
           The default MIME type used for documents of unknown type.

       -default-keys [0|1] (default: 0)
           When set, all keybindings from configuration files will be ignored.
           It forces use of default keybindings and will reset user-defined
           ones on save.

       -dump [0|1] (default: 0)
           Print formatted plain-text versions of given URLs to stdout.

       -dump-charset (alias for document.dump.codepage)
           Codepage used when formatting dump output.

       -dump-color-mode (alias for document.dump.color_mode)
           Color mode used with -dump.

       -dump-width (alias for document.dump.width)
           Width of the dump output.

           Specify configuration file directives on the command-line which
           will be evaluated after all configuration files has been read.
           Example usage: -eval ´set protocol.file.allow_special_files = 

           Makes ELinks assume documents of unknown types are HTML. Useful
           when using ELinks as an external viewer from MUAs. This is
           equivalent to -default-mime-type text/html.

       -?, -h, -help
           Print usage help and exit.

       -localhost [0|1] (default: 0)
           Restricts ELinks to work offline and only connect to servers with
           local addresses (ie. No connections to remote servers
           will be permitted.

           Print detailed usage help and exit.

           Look up specified host and print all DNS resolved IP addresses.

       -no-connect [0|1] (default: 0)
           Run ELinks as a separate instance instead of connecting to an
           existing instance. Note that normally no runtime state files
           (bookmarks, history, etc.) are written to the disk when this option
           is used. See also -touch-files.

       -no-home [0|1] (default: 0)
           Disables creation and use of files in the user specific home
           configuration directory (~/.elinks). It forces default
           configuration values to be used and disables saving of runtime
           state files.

       -no-numbering (alias for document.dump.numbering)
           Prevents printing of link number in dump output.

           Note that this really affects only -dump, nothing else.

       -no-references (alias for document.dump.references)
           Prevents printing of references (URIs) of document links in dump

           Note that this really affects only -dump, nothing else.

           Control a remote ELinks instance by passing commands to it. The
           option takes an additional argument containing the method which
           should be invoked and any parameters that should be passed to it.
           For ease of use, the additional method argument can be omitted in
           which case any URL arguments will be opened in new tabs in the
           remote instance.

           Following is a list of the supported methods:

           ·   ping(): look for a remote instance

           ·   openURL(): prompt URL in current tab

           ·   openURL(URL): open URL in current tab

           ·   openURL(URL, new-tab): open URL in new tab

           ·   openURL(URL, new-window): open URL in new window

           ·   addBookmark(URL): bookmark URL

           ·   infoBox(text): show text in a message box

           ·   xfeDoCommand(openBrowser): open new window

       -session-ring <num> (default: 0)
           ID of session ring this ELinks session should connect to.  ELinks
           works in so-called session rings, whereby all instances of ELinks
           are interconnected and share state (cache, bookmarks, cookies, and
           so on). By default, all ELinks instances connect to session ring 0.
           You can change that behaviour with this switch and form as many
           session rings as you want. Obviously, if the session-ring with this
           number doesn´t exist yet, it´s created and this ELinks instance
           will become the master instance (that usually doesn´t matter for
           you as a user much).

           Note that you usually don´t want to use this unless you´re a
           developer and you want to do some testing - if you want the ELinks
           instances each running standalone, rather use the -no-connect
           command-line option. Also note that normally no runtime state files
           are written to the disk when this option is used. See also

       -source [0|1] (default: 0)
           Print given URLs in source form to stdout.

       -touch-files [0|1] (default: 0)
           When enabled, runtime state files (bookmarks, history, etc.) are
           written to disk, even when -no-connect or -session-ring is used.
           The option has no effect if not used in conjunction with any of
           these options.

       -verbose <num> (default: 1)
           The verbose level controls what messages are shown at start up and
           while running:

           ·   0 means only show serious errors

           ·   1 means show serious errors and warnings

           ·   2 means show all messages

           Print ELinks version information and exit.
       Generated using output from ELinks version 0.12pre5.


           The shell used for File -> OS Shell on DOS/Windows and UNIX,

           The program to use for external editor (when editing textareas).

           The location of the directory containing configuration files. If
           not set the default is ~/.elinks/.

           The command to run when selecting File -> New window and if
           TWDISPLAY is defined (default twterm -e).

           The command to run when selecting File -> New window and if DISPLAY
           is defined (default xterm -e).

           The host to proxy the various protocol traffic through.

           A comma separated list of URLs which should not be proxied.

           The path to the users home directory. Used when expanding ~/.

           Homepage location (as in lynx(1)).


       Configuration files controlled by ELinks are located in the user
       configuration directory, defaulting to ~/.elinks/. In addition to the
       files listed below, a user defined CSS stylesheet can be defined using
       the document.css.stylesheet option.

           Site-wide configuration file.

           Per-user config file, loaded after site-wide configuration.

           Bookmarks file.

           Cookies file.

           Exmode history file.

           Form history file.

           History file containing most recently visited URLs.

           GoTo URL dialog history file.

           Browser scripting hooks.

           Search history file.

           Internal ELinks socket for communication between its instances.

       ~/.mailcap, /etc/mailcap
           Mappings of MIME types to external handlers.

       ~/.mime.types, /etc/mime.types
           Mappings of file extensions to MIME types.


       Please report any other bugs you find to the either the ELinks mailing
       list at <> or if you prefer enter them
       into the bug tracking system <>. More
       information about how to get in contact with developers and getting
       help can be found on the community page


       ELinks is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
       the terms of the GNU General Public License
       <> as published by the Free
       Software Foundation; version 2 of the License.


       The Links browser - on which ELinks is based - was written by Mikulas
       Patocka <>. ELinks was written by Petr
       Baudis <>. See file AUTHORS in the source tree for a list
       of people contributing to this project.

       This manual page was written by Peter Gervai <>, using
       excerpts from a (yet?) unknown Links fan for the Debian GNU/Linux
       system (but may be used by others). Contributions from Francis A.
       Holop. Extended, clarified and made more up-to-date by Petr Baudis
       <>. Updated by Zas <>. The conversion to
       Asciidoc and trimming was done by Jonas Fonseca <>.


       elinkskeys(5), elinks.conf(5), links(1), lynx(1), w3m(1), wget(1)