How can I browse the Internet from the command line in Ubuntu?
There are actually a bunch of text-mode web-browsers, these are my top three :)
Wikipedia has a List of more text-based web-browsers, not all of which are available in Ubuntu.
If you like to search from the command line, try
Trivia note : Surfraw was originally written by Julian Assange. (Acronym/backronym for 'SURFRAW' is Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the World Wide Web.)
Here's some example usage.
To search Google for "nm-applet memory leak" :
To search for an RFC dealing with S/MIME:
Translate a word:
More advanced, from surfraw.alioth.debian.org :
You can set it up with some defaults in
Another very good command line browser is
The most basic usage would be:
It will most likely ask if you want to allow cookies.
To navigate the page use the arrow keys. Here is a short description of the most important ones.
That is the most basic key navigation commands.
You want a text browser or a command line method? This is command line, using telnet e.g.
telnet askubuntu.com 80
It doesn't support SSL, graphics, HTML5 etc and you might have to guess the index page if the server doesn't have a default file. But it is better than nothing and a very quick testing tool.
Another program that might work for you is