How to View Offline Web Pages in Firefox

Sometimes it happens when you are just out of the WiFi area or you are on the road with your laptop, and you want see and browse a website but you can’t access any webpage. Well this is something really irritating as you have to do some urgent work on priority basis.

However, there is a simple solution of this problem by doing ‘file/save page as’, but wait, it does not work at all. It will not save a complete website so any of the links will not work. This step by step guide explains you on how to save web pages and websites for offline viewing particularly in Mozilla Firefox.

Instructions

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    Saving web pages for offline viewing with Firefox extension

    There is an extension known as Scrapbook in the Firefox. It helps you to edit the saved pages so that you can easily make notes, do highlighting and inline annotations, and much more. This is indeed a very useful tool research purpose.

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    Firefox extension for saving complete websites for offline viewing

    Spiderzilla is another Firefox extension which can be used to download the complete website along with an embedded version of HTTrack.

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    How to save complete websites with HTTrack

    HTTrack is a great tool which is used to download the entire website. Moreover, you can download a website into parts as well. You have to carefully use this tool. As if it is a large website, a lot of bandwidth is required to perform this task.

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    How to save web pages with Lynx in the Terminal

    In order to install Lynx on Ubuntu/Debian, you need to type sudo apt-get install lynx.

    Now make a test directory:

    mkdir lynx_testing

    Put it into the given direction by using the code below:

    cd ./lynx_testing

    Now, start the crawl. Make sure not to do this on heavy websites because it requires a lot of bandwidth on them.

    lynx -crawl -traversal http://www.[yoursite].com

    Afterwards you will have a directory with complete text wp-content/uploads with a .dat extension.

    rename -v 's/\.dat$/\.txt/' *.dat

    You can also delete the file extensions altogether by using this command:

    rename -v 's/\.dat$//' *.dat

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