Is there any way to use common web browsers such as firefox to fetch a page using command line interface? If I use firefox www.google.com, then firefox is opened and shows google page. I want to fetch the web site and save that a one or a bunch of files.

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    lynx, (e)links(2), w3m text browsers have a -dump option. GUI browsers aren't much for supporting command-line... – Thomas Dickey Jul 4 at 19:43
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    Most people would use wget or curl, but the question is asking for a web browser. – Thomas Dickey Jul 4 at 22:05
  • Why do you insist on using Firefox, given that it may not be suitable for this task? – Jim L. Jul 4 at 22:07
  • @jim-l: I want to analyze some time related things for fetching web pages. If chrome can do that, I will switch to that. – mahmood Jul 5 at 5:47

you can download full webpage using wget:

wget \
     --recursive \
     --no-clobber \
     --page-requisites \
     --html-extension \
     --convert-links \
     --restrict-file-names=windows \
     --domains website.com \
     --no-parent \

The options are:

  • recursive: download the entire Web site.
  • domains website.com: don't follow links outside website.com.
  • no-parent: don't follow links outside the directory /.
  • page-requisites: get all the elements that compose the page (images, CSS and so on).
  • html-extension: save files with the .html extension.
  • convert-links: convert links so that they work locally, off-line.
  • restrict-file-names=windows: modify filenames so that they will work in Windows as well (if needed).
  • no-clobber: don't overwrite any existing files (used in case the download is interrupted and resumed).

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