How can I automatically save websites to view offline?

farhad2161 April 12, 2010
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How can I set a web browser to save any web pages, which I have visited automatically for offline use and offline view?

  1. pceasies
    June 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I'd recommend looking into Offline Site Explorer. You set it up with a URL, choose to stay on the server or follow links, and let it go. Downloads file after file until it's reached everything on the site or continues going if you removed the restraints.

  2. Rose
    April 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I think it depends what browser you're using. For any/all of them Read It Later and Instapaper do both with Bookmarklets (a script you add to your bookmarks bar which you click while on a site to save later). With both of them you can save things in a 'text view' or 'web view' this former is jsut the text and the second preserves the web page as well as it can. However none of these do it 'automatically' you have to click the bookmarklet.

    Links:
    http://readitlaterlist.com/
    http://www.instapaper.com/

    Read it later has a native Firefox Addon while Instapaper doesn't but you can use Instasave with the latter which adds an icon (a blue plus) in your toolbar.

  3. Aibek
    April 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I found a Firefox addon that includes the functionality you're looking for and few other features. Check it out,

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8282

  4. Tina
    April 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I wrote two posts on offline browsing. One covers Scrapbook, a Firefox extension for saving single pages, the second introduces HTTrack, a tool that can save html pages for offline browsing.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/offline-browsing-anywhere-anytime-part-one/
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/save-and-backup-websites-with-httrack/

    These tools don't provide an automatic solution, but maybe they are helpful anyways. Good luck!

  5. Taty
    April 13, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Truth is, most sits don't want you to do that, and many have created ways to prevent you from doing it. It was not hard to do when sites were mostly static html, but since most sites are dynamic nowadays, and the data is being fed from a live database, I doubt you'd be able to have your browser save them automatically. :(

  6. Jack Cola
    April 13, 2010 at 12:42 am

    You used to be able to do it in IE 6 by saving it as a bookmark and clicking make it available offline. But I can't see that feature in the more modern versions.

    Try http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196646
    Or http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-use-offline-browsing-in-internet-explorer-8.html
    Or saving the page by choosing file, save page as
    Or bookmarking the page may work.
    Or use Gears for Google products

    Remember, if the page is automatically updated, generated (dynamic), all you will get is that page. So it would be hopeless to stay up to date with MUO, read your emails etc.

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