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I am looking for one that is updated frequently and has support for many things. Please also state how to install it.

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There are many text web browsers, as there are many graphical web browsers, so it really depends on what you're looking for. lynx is a common slim choice, Elinks has many features. Both of these support other protocols, such as ftp and gopher (Elinks even supports bittorrent). Elinks may also be built with support for JavaScript, using Mozilla's former JavaScript implementation, Spidermonkey.

There is also w3m, which can also be used through Emacs.

If you want to try one at random, Wikipedia has a list of text based browsers.

How to install these has more to do with how your distribution manages packages than with the browsers themselves. Some of them are probably in the package repositories for your distro.

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Thanks for the answer @njsg you really helped me. –  Zignd Jun 8 '12 at 21:12

From what I found there is only ongoing development in links project (i.e. no releases). Here's more:

  • w3m - last sources from january 2011, previous from 2007 and 2004. Some major development was done in 2003 and 2004.
  • elinks - "The current unstable version is 0.12pre5, released on 2009-07-08. The latest stable version is 0.11.7, released on 2009-08-22."
  • links - 2.7pre1 - Jun 2012 - check out the ChangeLog
  • lynx - stable - 2009, last development in dev - 2010
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I did not find your first line clear, so edited it, trying to improve it. Please verify. –  Tshepang Jun 10 '12 at 20:44

I like links2, but primarily because it has a cool, lightweight 'graphical' mode. It's similar to just plain 'links', but you can invoke it with -g to get a display that renders images. It's very easily X-forwardable, too. But, when you don't want the HTML image rendering, it works just fine in the native ncurses interface as well.

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