ELINKS(1) The Elinks text-browser ELINKS(1)
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 clients.
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 <http://elinks.cz/>, where the ELinks manual is
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 --long-help.
-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
-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 directory.
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 = 1'
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.
127.0.0.1). 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 output.
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
Following is a list of the supported methods:
o ping(): look for a remote instance
o openURL(): prompt URL in current tab
o openURL(URL): open URL in current tab
o openURL(URL, new-tab): open URL in new tab
o openURL(URL, new-window): open URL in new window
o addBookmark(URL): bookmark URL
o infoBox(text): show text in a message box
o 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 -touch-files.
-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:
o 0 means only show serious errors
o 1 means show serious errors and warnings
o 2 means show all messages
Print ELinks version information and exit.
Generated using output from ELinks version 0.12pre6.
The shell used for File -> OS Shell on DOS/Windows and UNIX, respectively.
The program to use for external editor (when editing textareas).
The location of the directory containing configuration files. If not set the default
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).
FTP_PROXY, HTTP_PROXY, HTTPS_PROXY
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.
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.
Mappings of MIME types to external handlers.
Mappings of file extensions to MIME types.
Please report any other bugs you find to the either the ELinks mailing list at
<email@example.com> or if you prefer enter them into the bug tracking
system <http://bugzilla.elinks.cz/>. 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 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html> 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
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. ELinks was written by Petr Baudis <email@example.com>. See
file AUTHORS in the source tree for a list of people contributing to this project.
This manual page was written by Peter Gervai <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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 <email@example.com>. Updated by Zas <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The conversion to Asciidoc and
trimming was done by Jonas Fonseca <email@example.com>.
elinkskeys(5), elinks.conf(5), links(1), lynx(1), w3m(1), wget(1)
ELinks 0.12pre6 10/28/2012 ELINKS(1)