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Original author(s)Petr Baudiš, Jonas Fonseca
Developer(s)Witold Filipczyk
Stable release
0.17.0 / 25 December, 2023
Preview release0.16.0rc1[1] (3 December 2022; 16 months ago (2022-12-03)) [±]
Written inC
Operating systemLinux, Unix
Available inEnglish, Polish, Danish, French, Serbian, Hungarian, Czech, German
TypeText-based web browser

ELinks is a free text-based web browser for Unix-like operating systems.

It began in late 2001 as an experimental fork by Petr Baudiš of the Links Web browser, hence the E in the name. Since then, the E has come to stand for Enhanced or Extended.[2] On 1 September 2004, Baudiš handed maintainership of the project over to Danish developer Jonas Fonseca, citing a lack of time and interest and a desire to spend more time coding rather than reviewing and organising releases.[3]

On 17 March 2017, OpenBSD removed ELinks from its ports tree, citing concerns with security issues and lack of responsiveness from the developers.[4]

On 17 November 2017, ELinks was forked into another program called felinks meaning forked elinks.[5]

On 1 December, 2020, the felinks repository on GitHub was renamed to elinks because the old elinks was no longer being actively maintained.[6]

Elinks is being actively maintained: version 0.17.0 was released 25 December 2023.[7]


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  1. ^ "ELinks - Full-Featured Text WWW Browser". Github. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  2. ^ "ELinks history page". Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b Fonseca, Jonas (24 December 2004). "[elinks-users] [ANNOUNCE] ELinks-0.10.0 (Thelma)". Linux From Scratch. Archived from the original on 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ Barrett, Edd (17 March 2017). "Remove www/elinks from the ports tree".
  5. ^ "felinks". GitHub.
  6. ^ "elinks". GitHub.
  7. ^ "v0.17.0". GitHub.
  8. ^ a b c d e Bolso, Erik Inge (8 March 2005). "2005 Text Mode Browser Roundup". Linux Journal. Retrieved 5 August 2010.

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