While on rush, reading a full website may not be possible. For students, they may open few websites on different tabs on the library Wi-Fi but need to take the laptop to a place with no internet connectivity. Unless the browser supports offline browsing, the website won’t be saved on their computer. Offline browsers download a cached copy of the website into the hard drive and allow users to visit through even without an internet connection. Additional general features are searching for keywords offline, setting default depth of downloads etc.
Here are 10 best offline website browsers.
- PageNest Free Edition
PageNest is a very easy to use offline website browser. The user interface is plain and simple. Users can store entire websites into the computer hard drive for browsing later. For downloading websites at a faster pace, PageNest relies on multi-threading technology. As multiple files download simultaneously it doesn’t take very long. There’s no restriction on file downloads.
- HTTrack Website Copier
For offline web browsing, most people would keep HTTrack Website Copier in number one. This is a free software and it’s very easy to use. A replicated copy of the actual website will be saved on the user’s computer with all backend and front-end scripts. All types of files are downloaded through this software, there isn’t any specific restriction. However, hyperlinks wouldn’t work on offline browsing mode. To respect the website developers, it may not download the files non-permitted for download in the robots.txt.
- WebAssistant Proxy Offline Browser
Unlike the other offline website browser software, WebAssistant doesn’t download the entire website and scripts into a PC. Instead, it caches the website and whenever the user requests to load a website in offline mode, the cache will be loaded on the browser. Both online and offline mode are supported. The cache is stored on a central facility hence it may be accessed over different devices at the same time. Supported platforms are Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Unix and Solaris.
- NCollector Studio Lite
User can define whether they want a full website, or just few files from that website’s hosting server. Four predefined modes are available on the NCollector Studio Lite – search, crawler, mirror and our desired offline browsing mode. The internal links on a website would turn into local absolute links when a website is downloaded for offline viewing. Crawler mode is the specified mode for saving specified files only.
- BackStreet Browser
HighSpeed multi-threading download is a specialty of this offline browser. An entire website may be downloaded using this offline browser, or just a specific segment defined by the user before attempting the download. Whatever part is chosen for download, it downloads with all backside scripting done on that portion of the webpage. Also, the website would be stored in their native format. BackStreet Browser is totally free, but it’s only for Windows platform.
- WinWSD Website Downloader
For a simplistic approach towards website saving for browsing them offline, WinWSD Website Downloader may be a feasible option. It saves the entire website at ease, user can define specific parts for downloading as well. However, the downloaded files may suffer from linking conflicts as this software doesn’t change the links by itself. There are handy features like downloading website only without any multimedia or image files, download executable files etc.
- Local Website Archive Lite
This program takes a different approach towards downloading websites from their servers. Local Website Archive Lite downloads only web pages and document files from the internet and they need to be opened through the associated viewers for those file types. Native desktop search programs could list the files downloaded through Local Website Archive Lite.
Getleft downloads full websites for offline navigation and browsing. All internal links on the website would be changed into convenient relative links so that the user can surf through them on a local computer system. Getleft is supported on multiple platforms – Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Solaris. While connected to the internet, the hyperlinks would work as well.
WebReaper downloads every website through two modes – by saving a whole website, all its media and backend files etc. and the other method is storing the website by Internet Explorer cache method. There’s 12 filters in the configuration allowing users to define which parts of the website should get downloaded. WebReaper is convenient for most users.
Offline website browsers aren’t new, but with the newest features implemented in internet and web technology they’re getting better as well. These downloaders may render highly useful to many internet users.