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Getting ELinks up and running
Installing ELinks should be pretty easy on most systems. Below is described
the whole process of configuring the compilation, compiling and installing.
Building and Installing ELinks
The quick guide for the impatient. Issue the following commands from the
ELinks source directory:
$ ./configure && make && make install
However you might consider to tweek a few compile time options before building
ELinks. You might also want to take a look at what libraries and programs are
required or recommended that you install.
To successfully install ELinks all that is required is GNU make
(version 3.78 or later) and a C compiler. If you want to install
directly from GIT it is also required that automake and autoconf
is installed on your system.
Recommended Libraries and Programs
To make use of many of ELinks features you will need to have some external
libraries and utility programs installed on your system. It is recommended to
have the following libraries and programs installed:
Dependency |Description
Lua or Guile |Makes it possible to write scripting plugins. \
See link:manual.html#lua-scripting[the Elinks - Lua interface] \
See <<lua-scripting,the Elinks - Lua interface>> \
for more info.
zlib or later |For handling gzip or deflate compressed documents \
both locally and sent from server.
bzip2 |Likewise, for bzip2 compressed documents.
LZMA Utils |Likewise, for LZMA compressed documents. \
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Version 4.32.5 should work. XZ Utils does not work.
OpenSSL, GNU TLS, or nss_compat_ossl \
|For handling secure HTTP browsing.
pkg-config |Needed for locating some libraries (at least \
GNU TLS, TRE, and SpiderMonkey)
GPM |'General Purpose Mouse' for mouse support.
expat |'XML Parser Toolkit' needed for XBEL support.
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http://laurikari.net/tre/[TRE] \
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|For regexp searching. Version 0.8.0 works.
libsmbclient |Library needed for smb:// protocol support.
rxvt-unicode |For terminal emulator which supports 88 colors.
xterm with 256 colors |Program atleast patch level 179 or rxvt program \
from version 2.7.9 for support of 256 colors. \
Newer PuTTY also has 256 color support.
libidn |For internationalized domain names.
SpiderMonkey |Mozilla's JavaScript engine for getting \
JavaScript/ECMAScript support in ELinks. \
See also link:manual.html#ecmascript[notes on ECMAScript support].
See also <<ecmascript,notes on ECMAScript support>>.
When compiling, you also need the header files for the libraries. Most OS
distributors put a given library's headers in a package separate from the
library itself; this package usually has `-dev` or similar appended to its
Further reading
This installation guide is far from being complete. You are also advised to
read the `README` and the `INSTALL` files distributed with ELinks for further
up to date info on building and installing.