Offline Website Browsing

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Offline Web Browsing with HTTrack Website Copier

An average modern person spends at least 2 hours a day browsing the internet. Entertainment, news, knowledge and productivity are now within the bounds of the Internet. No matter how hectic our schedules are, we never seem to miss our daily Facebook-Twitter rituals, and even just checking out what’s new through the net.

So what if you’re hitting the road and going out for a vacation to the country side or whichever place where the internet is nowhere to be found and you still want to read your favourite stuff online? Chances are you will just resort to using Web page clippers like Evernote or Pocket(formerly Read it later) where you will save a page, upload to the cloud and sync to other devices.

The problem with Web clippers is that you are just limited to read the pages that you have saved and thus leaving you wondering about in-site links inside that page which you can’t view since you are offline. Good thing we can now save a website or a portion of it through using a Website copier called HTTrack.

The makers of HTTrack states that their product..
..allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the 'mirrored' website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

HTTrack is ported to all major OS(Windows, Linux distros and OSX) and installing the software comes very easy. It even has an Android version of it if you’re asking mobile. I asked Techie Tony to install and do a lazy test run using our website and see how it works in a Mac. We installed the software via Homebrew using the command brew install httrack(admin prilevedges may be required). A short demo is seen in the video below:

Remember that in the video we downloaded the entire site, that's why it took us a long time to finish but you can be more specific about it, making your download lesser and faster. The software is not just used for downloading the web pages, but also it is used to check on broken links in a site, download applets, videos, music and more. See the documentation if you like to know more on about how to use this wonderful utility.

HTTrack also comes with a GUI version for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 called WinHTTrack and an online version called WebHTTrack which you guys can easily configure what you want rather than stating them into the command line.

From now on you won't be missing your internet life even you are in remote places because of this tool. That's all for now fluffy buddies! Let's keep our heads stuffed~

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