Is there a way in Ubuntu to find all the directories in a website?

I have a website, and I want to check the internal links (directories) of that website.

Something like this:

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The problem with this website is when I enter something like ubuntu.com/cloud, it doesn't show the subdirectories.

  • @pa4080 Because the two questions are not identical, the answers to the duplicate link do not really answer this question.
    – karel
    Apr 5, 2018 at 11:34
  • @karel, I've retracted my close vote.
    – pa4080
    Apr 5, 2018 at 12:11
  • Thank you very much. Now all I have to worry about is leech close voters and eventually I will delete my two comments when they become obsolete.
    – karel
    Apr 5, 2018 at 12:27
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    @pa4080 Cast his close vote, Karel dissented, pa4080 retracted, I came back in tonight to retract my own only to discover DavidFoerster has cast the very same close vote. Are we keeping open or closing. I'm confused now... FTR I do my own Stack Exchange web-scraping using bash: askubuntu.com/questions/900319/… As I only scrape my own AU answers and compare them to local disk answer scraping hits are less than 100. Apr 6, 2018 at 1:06

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Open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install lynx  
lynx -dump -listonly -nonumbers "https://www.ubuntu.com/" | uniq -u 

This command improves upon the previous command by redirecting the output to a text file named links.txt.

lynx -dump "https://www.ubuntu.com/" | awk '/http/{print $2}' | uniq -u > links.txt
  • I trust this won't get you banned like the comment by pa4080 below the question when referencing the link: askubuntu.com/questions/991447/… Apr 5, 2018 at 11:03
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    I'm not spidering a multiple page website, only returning the links on one single webpage. Assuming the extremely improbable case of a poorly designed single webpage that contains 100,000 links (how would it be possible to load such a page to begin with) I suppose that lynx would try to return all the links until it finished executing the command or until the terminal froze.
    – karel
    Apr 5, 2018 at 13:04
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    Actually I've run very complicated backup scripts from the terminal involving hundreds of gigabytes of files transfered, and nothing froze until the backup command completed successfully. So I think that lynx would perform successfully even in this extreme case.
    – karel
    Apr 5, 2018 at 13:09

See this answer from superuser.com:

wget --spider -r --no-parent http://some.served.dir.ca/
ls -l some.served.dir.ca

There are free websites which will do this for you and convert the output to xml format though. I suggest you look into one of those as well to see which method is more suitable for your needs.

Edit OP has included a new screenprint

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    You can add also depth of the recursion - for example to the second level: wget --spider -r -l2.
    – pa4080
    Apr 5, 2018 at 11:02

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