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                             Lynx README file

Lynx Version 2.8.8 is the latest release (February 2014).
See the CHANGES file for a complete record of all changes and bug fixes.
New releases are announced on the lynx-dev mailing list (see below).


To use this package, you need a compiler & a bit of experience
at very simple programming.  If you just want something which will work
`out-of-the-box', you can get pre-compiled versions of Lynx
by following the links from
        <URL:> ;

For DOS or Windows, go to


   Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) client for users running
   cursor-addressable, character-cell display devices such as vt100 terminals,
   vt100 emulators running on Windows 95/NT or Macintoshes, or any other
   character-cell display.  It will display Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
   documents containing links to files on the local system, as well as files on
   remote systems running http, gopher, ftp, wais, nntp, finger, or cso/ph/qi
   servers, and services accessible via logins to telnet, tn3270 or rlogin
   accounts.  Current versions of Lynx run on Unix, VMS, Windows95
   through Windows 8, 386DOS and OS/2 EMX.

   Lynx can be used to access information on the WWW, or to establish
   information systems intended primarily for local access.  Lynx has been
   used to build several Campus Wide Information Systems (CWIS).  Lynx can
   also be used to build systems isolated within a single LAN.


   For the latest release of Lynx go to:

   The latest development version is at:

   The Lynx homepage is <URL:>.
   The on-line help page (enter `h') has links to many useful things.


   Lynx is distributed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2)
   without restrictions on usage or redistribution.  The Lynx copyright
   statement, "COPYHEADER", and GNU GPL, "COPYING", are included in the
   top-level directory of the distribution.  Lynx is supported by the Lynx
   user community, an entirely volunteer (and unofficial) organization.

   Certain portions of the Lynx source distribution were originally
   created by CERN and have been modified during the development of
   Lynx.  See WWW/FreeofCharge.html for copyright info regarding CERN
   products used in Lynx.

   Note that Lynx is not self-contained; typically it is built with a
   variety of add-on libraries, including those for compression, IPv6,
   SOCKS and SSL support.


   We believe Lynx works properly for the Year 2000 issues, since it does
   not store dates in 2-digit form.  Since it must communicate with a wide
   range of web servers, it interprets dates in a variety of formats.  In
   particular, if Lynx receives a date with a 2-digit year, it assumes that
   values less than 70 are in the range 2000-2069.


   To install Lynx, follow the steps in the INSTALLATION file, which is
   located in the top directory of the source distribution.


   A users guide is included in this distribution along with a man page
   for Unix systems and a help file for VMS systems.  All documentation is
   contained in the top directory and the docs, samples and lynx_help

   While running Lynx, type 'h', 'H', or '?' to invoke the help menu
   system.  From the help menu you may access several useful documents
   pertaining to Lynx and the World Wide Web.  The most important of
   these is the Lynx Users Guide.  By default, Lynx will use the Lynx
   Enhanced Pages, which includes http links for help and FAQs concerning
   Lynx.  It is recommended that you install your own help menu system at
   your site in order to lessen the load on http servers.  This also will
   allow you to customize the help menu system for your site and greatly
   speed up access for those using Lynx over a slow connection.


   For Unix and related systems which support the autoconf configure script,
   the help menu system is installed by the "make install-help" command.

   For other systems (such as VMS), copy COPYHEADER and COPYING into the
   lynx_help/ subdirectory.  Then copy the lynx_help subdirectory to a public
   place on your system, or into your $HOME directory if you are a single
   user.  Finally, edit the lynx.cfg file  so that the HELPFILE line is
   defined as follows:

   where [public_path] is the absolute path to the lynx_help directory.
   Customizing the help menu system is just a matter of editing a set of
   HTML files.  Additional information about installing and customizing
   the help file set is available at


   To install Lynx, follow the steps in the INSTALLATION file, which is
   located in the top directory of the source distribution.  Win32 users
   who need pre-compiled distributions should visit the site


   If you experience problems configuring, compiling or installing Lynx,
   please read Section VI. "General installation instructions" in the
   INSTALLATION file.  Instructions are given there for reporting your
   problem to the "lynx-dev" mailing list, which is frequented by experienced
   Lynx users.


   To subscribe to lynx-dev, send email to
   with "subscribe" for a subject line.

   If you wish to unsubscribe from lynx-dev, send email to
   with "unsubscribe" for a subject line.

   Any messages you wish to post should be sent to

   PLEASE use the lynx-dev list, NOT private email to the developers,
   for questions or discussion about Lynx, or contributions of patches.
   Patches should use the unified diff format (diff -u).

   You need not be subscribed to the lynx-dev list in order to post.  If
   you post without subscribing, though, you should read replies to your
   questions or comments in the archive since more often than not nobody
   will send a carbon copy to you.  View the archives at:
       "lynx-dev Mailing list archives"

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