w3m - a text based Web browser and pager


w3m [options] [URL or filename]

Use "w3m -h" to display a complete list of current options.


w3m is a World Wide Web (WWW) text based client. It has English and Japanese help files and an option menu and can be configured to use either language. It will display hypertext markup language (HTML) documents containing links to files residing on the local system, as well as files residing on remote systems. It can display HTML tables and frames. In addition, it can be used as a "pager" in much the same manner as "more" or "less". Current versions of w3m run on Unix (Solaris, SunOS, HP-UX, Linux, FreeBSD, and EWS4800) and on Microsoft Windows 9x/NT.


At start up, w3m will load any local file or remote URL specified at the command line. For help with runtime options, press "H" while running w3m. Command line options are:

-t tab set tab width
-r ignore backspace effect
-l line
 # of preserved line (default 10000)
-B load bookmark
-bookmark file
 specify bookmark file
-T type
 specify content-type
-m internet message mode
-v visual startup mode
-M monochrome display
-F automatically render frame
-dump dump formatted page into stdout
-cols width
 specify column width (used with -dump)
-ppc count
 specify the number of pixels per character (default 8.0) Larger values will make tables narrower.
 dump page source into stdout
 dump response of HEAD request into stdout
 dump HEAD and source into stdout
 dump HEAD, source, and extra information into stdout
-post file
 use POST method with file content
-header string
 insert string as a header
+<num> goto <num> line
-num show line number
 don’t use proxy
 don’t use mouse
 use cookie.
 don’t use cookie
-pauth user:pass
 proxy authentication
-S squeeze multiple blank lines
-W toggle wrap search mode
-X don’t use termcap init/deinit
-title [=TERM]
 set buffer name to termianl title string. If TERM is specified, use the TERM style title configuration.
-o opt=value
 assign value to config option
 show all available config option
-config file
 specify config file
-help show usage
 show w3m version
-debug DO NOT USE


To use w3m as a pager:
 $ ls | w3m
To use w3m to translate HTML files:
 $ cat foo.html | w3m -T text/html
or $ cat foo.html | w3m -dump -T text/html >foo.txt


This is the w3m 0.2.1 Release.

Additional information about w3m may be found on its Japanese language Web site located at: or on its English version of the site at:


w3m has incorporated code from several sources. Hans J. Boehm, Alan J. Demers, Xerox Corp. and Silicon Graphics have the copyright of the GC library comes with w3m package. Users have contributed patches and suggestions over time.


Akinori ITO <>

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