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Surfraw (Shell Users Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web) is a free public domain POSIX-compliant (i.e. meant for Linux, FreeBSD etc.) command-line shell program for interfacing with a number of web-based search engines. It was created in July 2000 by Julian Assange and is licensed in the public domain and written in the Bourne shell language.
It uses what it calls "elvi" (a tribute to Elvis); elvi are interface widgets for specific engines and databases such as Google, AltaVista, Wikipedia, Dejanews, Freshmeat, research index, Slashdot, ArXiv, and a number of others. It allows options for configuration of using a shell browser (lynx, w3m) or a graphical browser (Firefox, Mozilla, Konqueror).
According to Assange: "Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims google, altavista, dejanews, freshmeat, research index, slashdot, and many others from the false-prophet, pox-infested heathen lands of html forms, placing these wonders where they belong; deep in unix heartland, as god-loving extensions to the shell."
- Marco Fioretti (29 August 2012). "Surfing the World Wide Web, raw style". TechRepublic. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- David Leigh; Luke Harding. WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy. Surfraw mention highlighted via Google Books: PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-0-85265-239-8.CS1 maint: location (link)
- Julian Assange; The Surfraw-Devel Team. "COPYING". Debian Git. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.