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Website downloader (cache?) to view sites offline

I have been using Meta Products Offline Explorer in the past.

Has anyone got good recommendations on some free alternatives, preferably which can run portably on multiple computers.

  • You could try wget -r www.blah.com that would probably work, though would likely be big. I sometimes download a webpage and its links, wget -r -l 1 www.blah.com/whateverpage.html
    – barlop
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 14:02
  • I would like some advanced configurations like not to download from other servers or domains. Or to skip certain file extensions such as .js or images. Can I do that in wget ? Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 14:09
  • I think that in HTTrack you can do that filtering, at least extension filtering is available Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 14:12

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HTTrack is one of the alternatives. http://www.httrack.com/


Wget for windows is another alternative. It has the advantage of being run at command line

wget -r -l [depth] [site]


wget -r -l 5 http://foo.com/bar.html

will download all links down to 5th level use the -m if you want to do a mirror of the site concerned.

Wget for windows is available at http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/wget.htm

  • -m flag = Turn on options suitable for mirroring. This option turns on recursion and time-stamping, sets infinite recursion depth and keeps FTP directory listings. It is currently equivalent to -r -N -l inf --no-remove-listing. (from manpage)
    – bubu
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 14:06
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    I usually use something like wget -e robots=off -r -nc --no-parent http://foo/bar/. You need to ignore robots.txt if you want to get all the parts of the site that are not indexed by search engines.
    – paradroid
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 14:33
  • You probably also want --convert-links (convert links so that they work locally, e.g. change /title.gif to ../title.gif, remove http etc.). Otherwise most links inside the documents most likely won't work, so you cannot browse them offline. Also --page-requisites (download images,CSS etc. along with every HTML page).
    – sleske
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 16:03

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