If you’re running on Ubuntu Linux without a desktop environment or you just prefer working on terminal emulator, to browse www web pages and HTML mail could be inconvenient.

w3m is a text-based web browser as well as a pager like `more’ or `less’. With w3m you can browse web pages through a terminal emulator window (xterm, rxvt or something like that). Moreover, w3m can be used as a text formatting tool which typesets HTML into plain text.

For more:

  • You can follow links and/or view images in HTML
  • Internet message preview mode, you can browse HTML mail
  • You can follow links in plain text if it includes URL forms
  • With w3m-img, you can view inline images

Install and Use w3m:

w3m is available in default Ubuntu repository, install it use Ubuntu Software Center. Or:

sudo apt-get install w3m

Run this and read about w3m usage.

man w3m