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How can I download an entire website

Hello everyone!

I have a very poor internet connection when I'm living at home. The only time I have a good internet is at college. When I get home, the most mundane task like opening a web-page becomes a five minute stress-test.

So what I was thinking was to download the web-page, for example superdickery. I was wondering what the best method would be to download the entire image archive of the page?

Would this be illegal, if I did this? It's just that I don't want to be frustrated every time I just want to load a simple jpeg image.

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marked as duplicate by Mehper C. Palavuzlar, quack quixote May 6 '10 at 8:53

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on Unix machines you simply can use the recursive download feature of wget; on Windows there's HTTrack.

Hope, this helps, Klaus

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On Windows, Internet Explorer has File - Save As - Web Archive (Single File) .mht which will open with IE or Firefox. That's good for a single page. For the complete site, I've used HTTrack before.

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wget is a great tool. However, most of the time, I usually just right-click on the page and save the complete web page. If you use Firefox, you might also consider the add-on DownloadThemAll which gives you a lot of control over what you are downloading.

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What you would be doing would in practice be caching.

Caching is not illegal: if it was, every person using a computer is committing a crime.

Finally, if some weird law-maker stated that normal browser cache is not illegal but doing with wget is, then the laws would be so stupid and irrational that you shouldn't worry about anything anyway (because you would have absolutely no way to know if anything is legal or not).

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