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It’s increasingly rare, but still occasionally true: sometimes you just don’t have Internet access. Whether you’re on a plane or your grandparent’s place in the country, life occasionally brings all of us to places WiFi and 4G can’t reach. With a little preparation, however, you can have the data you need on your hard drive, waiting for you.

There are three distinct ways to read offline: download an entire website, download recent blog posts or news stories, and download the content from a specific page or article. I’m going to touch on all three below, but feel free to skip to the section you’re actually interested in.

Download an Entire Website

This is the hardcore option: downloading the entirety of a single website for offline reading. Obviously how long this takes will vary depending on the web site in questions – Wikipedia could take days to finish, and will take up a lot of your hard drive when it does. If you just want an offline copy of something simple, however, like the ultimate Final Fantasy 7 database or a simple site outlining a few recipes you were thinking of trying, downloading an entire website might be right for you.

The software I recommend for downloading an entire site is HTTrack, which Tina wrote about back in 2008 Save and Backup Websites with HTTrack Save and Backup Websites with HTTrack Read More . Don’t worry: the software hasn’t changed much and her article is still solid.

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This open source program can be a little hard to use at first – especially if you’re not a Windows user. But if you’re looking to make a complete offline version of your favorite website – not an individual web page, an entire web site – it’s one of the simplest options out there. Tweak the settings if you run into problems and you should be fine. Only the Windows version comes with a dedicated GUI – Linux users will need to use a browser-based version of HTTrack instead. Don’t worry: items will be added to the menu so it’s easy enough to get started.

Mac users can install the software using MacPorts, but many might be better off checking out Sitesucker, a free Mac app that functions similarly but is easy to install and has it’s own GUI.

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Downloading The Latest News

Are you mostly interested in keeping up with the news? Downloading an entire site then is probably an overkill: you don’t need to keep a copy of the headlines from 2005 on your computer. Happily there are dedicated tools for reading the news offline.

I showed you how to download entire newspapers or blogs using Calibre Download Entire Newspapers or Blogs To Your eBook Reader With Calibre Download Entire Newspapers or Blogs To Your eBook Reader With Calibre Read More – it saves everything to the eBook format of your choice. This is a great way to condense the latest news into a format you can easily read offline, but be warned: paid subscriptions are required for some sites to work properly.

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You can also use NewsToEbook to download the latest news directly How To Download Your Google Reader Feeds As An EPUB Or MOBI File How To Download Your Google Reader Feeds As An EPUB Or MOBI File Download your Google Reader feeds – or the individual RSS feed of any website – as an ebook. NewsToeBook is a free service that connects to your Google Account, downloads any feed you like and... Read More . It even supports Google Reader (though of course that ends in July when Google pulls the plug on Reader).

Downloading Individual Web Pages

This is the simpler option: downloading the entirety – or only the content from – an individual page. If you’re doing some research, or simply want to do some offline reading, there are tools out there allowing you to clip any particular page and read it later.

My favorite is probably Evernote, a service that aims to become your personal on-and-offline repository of knowledge. You can use the service to “clip” articles from your favorite websites, which you can then read anytime using the desktop or mobile client.

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Check out the unofficial Evernote manual to learn more. It’s written by our very own Mark O’Neil, and like all our manuals it’s free of charge.

Another simple way to save individual articles for reading later is Pocket, the ultimate digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More . Apps for mobile devices sync articles you’ve saved for later, meaning you can read them anytime you want. There’s even a Mac version of Pocket Read it Later Service Pocket Launches a Mac App & It's Awesome [OSX] Read it Later Service Pocket Launches a Mac App & It's Awesome [OSX] We've covered Pocket back when it was Read it Later and after its relaunch as the newly redesigned Pocket, and it's no secret that we're big fans of the service. That's why we were pretty... Read More for you computer (sorry, Windows and Linux users: not yet).

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Of course, this list is only the beginning: there are other ways to do this. Most browsers offer a “Save As” function, for example, and you can always print any page on the web as a PDF for reading later.

Beyond that, I’m sure readers will point out plenty of other ways to download an entire website or individual pages for offline reading in the comments below. Unless, of course, they’re reading this comment offline – then they can’t leave comments. Oh well.

  1. Monty
    February 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    The only problem? RTTrack is a virus. I tried it on one of my older computers and it completely destroyed it.

    • Justin Pot
      February 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Did one of these programs come with RTTrack, Monty?

    • Justin Pot
      February 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Oh wait do you meant HTTrack? It certainly didn't ring any alarm bells in my tests Monty, but thanks for the heads up.

  2. gp_36
    July 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Justin! Great article, thanks for the intel.

    Do you know of any products out there that would enable us to download particular web pages so our folks could "edit" the content and see what the end product would look like, before shipping it off to our team to actually create the edits in the back end?

    We have an attorney who heads up a few key practice groups who wants to make some material changes to the verbiage but wants the benefit of seeing it while he's editing his copy. He had no interest in learning how to do anything on the back or front end of the sites. And certainly doesn't want to learn how to use photoshop or any other tool which may be more intuitive to some of the folks on this thread.

    Thanks so much for your feedback!!


    • Justin Pot
      July 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      There's no real way to do what you're saying, sorry, and even if you could it wouldn't be an easy thing to get the changes on to the site after it's all done. Sorry about that.

      • Spencer Goldade
        February 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

        Couldn't you just inspect element in Chrome or Firefox, edit the text, and then take a screenshot?

        • Justin Pot
          February 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

          That's fine if the designer wants to do it, but I think this was asking for a way that the lawyer can edit in realtime.

        • Tom
          July 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

          Yes there is a way. Java hack google it...

  3. Dino
    May 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Try EasyCapture .

  4. David
    April 30, 2015 at 6:02 am

    This may be a dumb question, but is downloading a website using something like Sitesucker legal?

    • Justin Pot
      July 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      It's perfectly legal so long as you only use the site you download for personal use.

  5. James Jones
    March 8, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I want to rip the entire site of How long do you think it will take?

    • Justin Pot
      March 9, 2015 at 1:03 am

      This probably won't work, sorry. Amazon is huge, and doesn't have a clean file structure to start with the way example sites above do.

  6. sivi
    October 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    it just occurred to me you can wget it

    • Angela
      December 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Why you people drink on chrirtmas day

    • Angela
      December 26, 2014 at 8:37 am

      How can i get web on my phone?

  7. vishnupriya
    September 28, 2013 at 6:02 am

    how to download a webpage using callibre?????

    • Justin P
      September 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      You can download the latest headlines and stories from many sites using the "Get News" function. Check it out.

  8. Festus
    August 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

    i am a newbies on Httrack : pls can someone offer me tips on what to fill in the foolowing path that appears in Htttrack

    Project name:

    Project category

    i want to download an entire websites? thanks

  9. J.R.
    June 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Does anybody know how to download a website and transfer the articles from the html document to a word or txt file? That would be more convenient for me versus having to open each html file. Thanks.

    • Justin Pot
      June 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      You're going to need to do this manually, I think – there's not really an automated tool for the job. Though, you could use to automatically make a Google Doc out of any new entry in an RSS feed.

  10. ernest
    June 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    what happens if a website changes or shuts down? will pocket still continue to retain the information? or will any website change be reflected in an updated pocket?


    • Justin Pot
      June 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      My understanding is articles won't update, but will remain if a site goes offline. I could be wrong, though.

  11. Lurkerman
    May 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Mozilla Archive Format is the simplest way of saving a web site.

  12. Gautam
    April 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Has anyone tried Wysigot?

  13. Choon Khai
    April 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I used Internet Download Manager to download websites, it's pretty confusing and hard to use.

  14. Patrick J
    April 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Well, HTTrack has been my tool for the purpose since years, but the main issue with it even today is that if it is not configured properly (which happenes most of the times, especially with newbies), it may cost you downloading too much of useless data. Many a times, it started downloading third-party website's files, which led to another one, and so on.

    I have never tried any other method mentioned yet, but I can at least advice others to use HTTrack, but carefully.

    • Justin Pot
      April 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Great advice. Trying to download an entire page – especially on the modern web – is nothing if not bandwidth intensive. Experiment with the HTTrack settings, though, and most people will get the hang of it.

  15. diliproy55
    April 22, 2013 at 6:01 am

    very useful although I don't do.

  16. Jeremy Garnett
    April 22, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I've been using HTTrack since it first appeared. It was, and still is, the number one program for downloading a website's structure.

    • Javier Sánchez
      April 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Nah.I think teleport pro has tons more of features...

      • Jeremy Garnett
        April 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

        Perhaps I should have specified free

  17. Fawad A
    April 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Does the browser matter?

  18. macwitty
    April 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Old GoLive from Adobe can do it - give it the address to the index-file and it download the whole site with its structure. That was my back up solution at one site I didn't have ftp access to. Whole=all files and folders that are linked together. A "free" folder not linked in any way to index file can not be found in this way

  19. Degenerated S
    April 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I prefer that we should use plugins rather than installing softwares.. such as scrapbook ---

  20. Scott M
    April 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I think I will be able to use Pocket fairly often.An interesting idea and a a great program.

  21. Rama moorthy
    April 21, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I always use Httrack .. easy to use program .. sometimes wget in ubuntu ...

  22. Manuel Guillermo L
    April 21, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I have been downloading lots of webpages over the years. I did look at HTTrack, but didn't really liked it. I tried tons of programs, and my favorite was Website Ripper Copier (not a free program), because it allows me to manually set cookies. But it had some problems downloading files without extension and with unicode names. I ended up writing my own program to download websites, but that is mainly because I am very specific in which pages I want to download and which ones to skip. But for the average user, I would say that HTTrack is probably the best free option.

  23. Junil Maharjan
    April 21, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Pocket is a great help when it comes to saving individual pages for both online and offline reading. it is one of the best and very easy to use. although i do use evernote as well to save some articles and images.

  24. Javier Sánchez
    April 21, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Hey guys I am downloading a site. It's about courses and tutorials. However, all of the images in my offline copy are not the original ones. Instead I get an image saying that that's property of the site :D. It happens for every image in the site and it happened to me when I tried to copy an entire page of the site to onenote. I'd like to know if there is a way I can deal with that protection. Kind regards

    • Jayanth
      April 21, 2013 at 4:29 am

      You could take a screenshot of the different images. For taking a screenshot on the computer, just use snipping tool.

      • Javier Sánchez
        April 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Yeah that was how I did it for one page, but for the entire site?

        • Justin Pot
          April 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

          I could be that the site is blocking you from downloading all that content, specifically to prevent what you're doing now. It could also be possible to avoid this by tweaking the HTTrack settings. Not sure where to start with that, though...

        • null
          April 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

          Hey guys, just FYI: The protection the site was using is common nowadays. It is called hotlinking protection and it's a feature of apache webserver(probably exists also on others). I couldn't get htttrack to get rid of it, but I downloaded my beloved teleport in the ultra version and without much tweaking it was able to crawl the site and bypass the protection. It is a useful site, with tutorials I actually need and completely free btw. That protection is used mainly to avoid people to have external links to your site. That becomes a problem since it highly increases the bandwidth and requests on the server that hosts your site. Even more, if it is a shared paid hosting service, you may find yourself with your site down due to bandwith limits reached.

  25. moaex
    April 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks for this!

  26. dave
    April 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Scrapbook for firefox does a pretty good job of this.

    • Justin Pot
      April 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Good to know!

  27. Clint Norwood
    April 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    For a single webpage what's wrong with "Save page as"?

    • Justin Pot
      April 21, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Nothing, but Pocket and Evernote offer definite advantages.

  28. Zhong J
    April 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Or you can just take a screenshot in full screen to skip all these "downloading software" and "configuring it" steps. For some people, they might want to do this on their phones which comes with browser that can these capabilities but for me, I would bookmark the page to refer to it later on because when I'm reading an article, it's just only at most 2 page worth. Repeating this process can be tedious and would die quickly.

    Also, grab a book or a physical medium to read instead.

  29. ReadandShare
    April 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I am intrigued by Pocket. One quick question, if I may ask...

    Say I am on the first page of a four-page CNN news article. Saving to Pocket -- will it know to save all four pages... or do I need to click open and save each page individually?

    • Justin Pot
      April 21, 2013 at 1:02 am

      It seems to depend on the site. Much of the time it will grab everything, but occasionally not.

    • Nikolay
      September 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      One online tool can help. The format of the resulting file is a PDF.

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