lynx Command: Tutorial & Examples

Browse the Web in a terminal window

lynx is a text-based web browser for Linux and other Unix-based operating systems. It allows users to navigate the internet and view web pages through a terminal window, rather than through a graphical web browser like Chrome or Firefox.

To start lynx, you can open a terminal and type lynx followed by the URL of the website you want to visit. For example, to visit, you would enter lynx in the terminal.

Once inside lynx, you can use a variety of keyboard shortcuts and commands to navigate through web pages. Some common lynx commands include:

  • Moving the cursor: arrow keys
  • Following a link: Enter
  • Going back: B or Left arrow
  • Going forward: F or Right arrow
  • Reloading the page: R
  • Searching for a word: /
  • Exiting lynx: q

lynx does not support images and other multimedia contents, it only supports text, tables, and simple formatting. This makes it a useful tool for users with slow internet connections, or for those who prefer a lightweight, text-based web browsing experience.

lynx can be useful for users who want to access the web through a terminal window, or for users who want to use a text-based browser for security or accessibility reasons. It can also be used to automate web scraping and data extraction tasks, or to access websites that are not accessible through a graphical browser.

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