How to Download a Complete Webpage for Offline Reading
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There are times when you want to save a webpage for offline use. Maybe your internet connection is flaky, or you’re intentionally trying to curb the time you spend on the web. You might want to save a webpage before it’s taken down. Or you came across something you just can’t help but save for later reference.

Use the following methods to save webpages for offline reading so you can keep your favorite webpages at hand when you need them most.

1. Save Webpage in Firefox

All major browsers have the feature to save complete webpages. It’s a simple single click job and here’s how it’s done.

In Firefox, click on the Menu button > Save Page. The Save As dialog window will open.

Save a Page in Firefox

In the Save As dialog window, type in a name for the page you want to save and choose a location. From the Format drop-down, choose the type of file that you want to save the page as.

  • Web page, complete
  • Web page, HTML only
  • Text files
  • All files

Choose Web page, complete when you want to save the whole webpage along with pictures. This keeps the visual look intact in most cases, but it may not keep the HTML link structure of the original page or any server-side elements. Firefox creates a new directory where the page is saved to save pictures and other files necessary to show the whole webpage.

2. Save Webpages in Chrome

Chrome also has a Save As option (it works the same as Firefox). You can access it from Menu > More Tools > Save Page As. To speed things up, use the keyboard shortcut (Command + S on Mac and Control + S on Windows).

Chrome Save As

3. Use the Save Page WE Extension

Save Page WE Extension

You can make the process simpler and more reliable using an extension. Save Page WE works on both Google Chrome and Firefox. Once installed, just click on the extension icon from the toolbar to instantly download the entire webpage in a single HTML file (along with all assets like images, ads, and formatting).

If you want more control over the process, right click on the extension icon to explore alternative download methods like Save Basic Items, Save Standard Items, and Save Custom Items.

Download: Save Page WE for Google Chrome | Firefox

4. Safari Reading List on Mac

While Safari’s Reading List feature Use Safari’s Reading List for Offline Reading on Your Mac & iPhone Use Safari’s Reading List for Offline Reading on Your Mac & iPhone Want to share articles between your iPhone and Mac? Use Safari's Reading List. Read More is one of the more user-friendly implementations for offline reading, it can be a bit confusing to use at first. By default, you need internet access to load articles saved in the Reading list.

So first, open Preferences, go to the Advanced tab, and turn on the Save Articles for Offline Reading Automatically feature to make sure all articles in the Reading List are available for offline use.

Safari Advanced Preferences

To add a page to the Reading List, click on the little + icon next to the URL field.

To read from the Reading List, click the Sidebar button and then the icon for the Reading List which resembles a pair of spectacles. To hide the list, click the Sidebar button again.

Safari Add to Reading List

Safari uses iCloud to keep your Reading List the same on all your Mac computers and iOS devices that have Safari turned on in iCloud preferences. This means your Reading list will sync between your Mac and iPhone.

5. Safari Reading List on iPhone

You’ll find the Reading List feature in the bottom toolbar of the Safari app. To add an article to the Reading List, open it, tap on the Share button, and select Add to Reading List. Again, Safari doesn’t save Reading List articles for offline viewing by default.

To enable this feature, go to Settings > Safari > Automatically Save Offline.

Now, tap on the Book icon from the Safari toolbar and select the Reading List tab from the top. Now tap on any saved article to read it.

6. Save Complete Webpages as PDF

Google Chrome Print Save as PDF

If you want to save a webpage in a way that’s easy to share and access on any platform, take the PDF route. It sounds like you just took a few steps back. But consider the advantages: you can read them on any device and even annotate the page and send it to someone in a flash, and it can be printed, shared, or just kept in a folder for later viewing.

You’ll find enough PDF tools on the web, but the simplest way is to use your browser’s Save to PDF option. It’s available on all major browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Choose the Print option, then select Save as PDF.

Save as PDF is a good feature, but it’s a workaround. When you save a page as PDF in this way, you get a lot of unnecessary elements like ads, headers, footers, and there are bound to be formatting issues. In times like this, it’s better to use an extension like Print Friendly & PDF.

Print Friendly PDF Extension

The extension automatically removes all the unnecessary elements and sticks to the article text. When you click on the extension icon, you’ll see a pop up with the stripped down formatting. You can also individually remove elements. Click on the PDF button and then click on the Download as PDF button to save the article as a PDF.

If you’re using an iPhone, use the Shortcuts automation app to make this easier (learn to use Shortcuts with our simple guide How to Master Siri Shortcuts and the Shortcuts App in iOS 12 How to Master Siri Shortcuts and the Shortcuts App in iOS 12 The new Shortcuts app and Siri Shortcuts feature in iOS 12 provide awesome ways to automate your iPhone or iPad. Read More ). The Make PDF shortcut (search for it in the Gallery) will help you convert any webpage to a PDF.

Once the shortcut is installed and active, tap on the Share button, select Shortcuts, and then tap on Make PDF. Once you see the preview of the PDF, tap on Share, and then save it to an app like Apple Books for offline use.

Download: Print Friendly & PDF for Google Chrome | Firefox

7. Read Later With Pocket

Several of the solutions we have explored so far are counterintuitive. Why clutter your hard drive with extra files that are a hyperlink away? Read-it-later services like Pocket and Instapaper have made it easy to save a webpage and return to it when you have more time.

While Instapaper popularized the feature, it’s had a rough couple of years. Which is why we recommend you the now ubiquitous Pocket service. The Save to Pocket extension is available on all major browsers. And once you install the Pocket app on your iPhone or Android phone, you can use the share sheet to save a link from any app directly to Pocket.

The pocket app will maintain a list of all saved articles. The articles themselves will be saved for offline reading, stripped of formatting, ads, and other intrusive elements. Using Pocket, you get a much better reading experience, all while you’re disconnected from the internet.

Download: Pocket for iOS | Android

Save and Download Webpages for Offline Viewing

The above methods will help you save webpages for offline use. But you can do a lot more without an internet connection. Why stop at webpages?

If you want to get some reading done, or you want to learn something new, why not save a audiobooks, podcasts, or videos for offline access? There are many apps that can keep you entertained even when you’re offline 12 Offline Smartphone Apps to Keep You Entertained on Your Commute 12 Offline Smartphone Apps to Keep You Entertained on Your Commute Patchy mobile internet? Trying to save data? Keep yourself entertained with these offline-friendly apps for iOS and Android. Read More .

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  1. hamza khan
    April 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    thanx thats what i was looking for

  2. Bo
    April 30, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for the article. I found it whilst looking (yet again) for something to replace, in some small way, the best page saver that ever existed - .maff (Mozilla Archive Format File) extension. When the now detested Mozilla Foundation broke the architecture that allowed that, and other, glorious little Add-On to work, it broke my years of ultra easy archiving immaculate whole pages (incl. the time and url appended to the page save in a header) in my extensive library-like folder trees in encrypted volumes right alongside anything else connected with the topic (e.g. text files, notes, .eml saves, screenshots, whatever), collected over the years. That treasure trove combined with the "Everything" tool from David Carpenter of VoidTools, kept literally everything and anything I wanted to keep, at my fingertips with just a few keystrokes... filtered steadily more precisely with every further keystroke.

    The loss to me of .maff means I increasingly have to use work-arounds with .mht. Because FF doesn't do that nearly as well as I.E., I have to leave the familiar comfort of my Add-On rich (but getting steadily poorer) FF and visit the page with I.E. to make a nearly .maff quality single-file .mht page save. All of which sadly demonstrates that the only constant in the universe is Change. And change isn't always a good thing.

    P.S. If there's any doubt I like local data, even this comment is being saved to a .txt file, with url at top, and tags in its name which will largely be a pasted snip of the most relevant text, and deposited into the most fitting relational place in folder tree. Perhaps with a shortcut dropped in another folder. Along with a messy folder-strewing whole-page .htm to augment a legacy .maff of this page, now of uncertain future utility as it can only be viewed with a legacy Firefox, which can only get more vulnerable to exploits as time goes on. So this wistful note may unexpectedly pop up in the future while I'm looking for something else with Everything, and perchance choose to doubleclick on the Path to visit that folder to open the found file; which could be opened in Everything too, and probably would be if busy, but... like browsing a physical library, serendipity has a chance to work its stuff if you put yourself in the right place. You just may find things which you would otherwise never have encountered.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 30, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Wow, Bo! That's a detailed comment. Thanks for the feedback. IMO, the best option to save everything is to convert the webpage to a printer-friendly format minus the clutter and convert it into a PDF. Of course, this has to be backed up by neat organization in a cloud folder or anywhere else.

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  5. Marek
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    I'll just write another IMPORTANT (for me) reason to save web pages offline.
    For me important things are those things that last more then a few years!
    If something is just for "a moment" then it's garbage.

    So I have bookmarks but after 2 years, when I needed something important for me, and I knew that I've seen the solution for this problem in my bookmarks. So I 'click' this web page and...ERROR 404 ! :/ It's GONE!

    So that's why I've started to SAVE offline some important pages, tutorials, solutions etc. and....this also goes to...youtube videos! They dissapear even faster then old web pages :/

  6. Charles Fillinger
    September 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

    In Firefox I use the Print Friendly & PDF extension to save exactly what I want from a web page.
    The biggest advantage to .pdf over save as is by adding the page in my Calibre libray it can easily be found searching by keywords, author, subject or publisher.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 9, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Oh yes, I hadn't thought of the Calibre library. Thanks for the tip, Charles.

  7. Davin Peterson
    September 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The Google Chrome browser has an option to Save to PDF. Go to Print and under Destination select Save to PDF.

    If you are using Windows 10 you can save to PDF in any browser using Microsoft's Print to PDF driver that comes with Windows 10.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 9, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Working on a Mac now. But, I think the Windows PDF driver has a "limitation". The PDF may be a single big image without any of the features added by Acrobat when it creates a PDF or does OCR text recognition. I think (I could be wrong) you can't search for text in the PDF; links in the PDF aren't clickable, and you can't highlight text to paste somewhere else. But do correct me if I am wrong. Will test it once I am back on a Windows machine.

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  13. Wildcatherder
    September 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Saikat Basu, you are right, of course. Things have changed a lot on the web in the last 6 years. Pocket did the job nicely, thank you.

  14. Wildcatherder
    September 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    The problem is: how do I open the webpage offline.
    In Chrome, Save as Web page complete
    saves a folder full of all the associated files for the webpage.

    I usually look for an index.html file but if it does not exist, I try other HTML files.
    I just downloaded a page which has 4 html files and none of them open what looks like the original web page.

    What the heck do I use to open the page offline?

    • Saikat Basu
      September 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Most webpages today have server-side code which breaks any display you might want to see offline. The best way is -- of course -- use a read-it-later service like Pocket or download the page as a PDF. This How-To-Geek tip might also work.

  15. Margaret
    September 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    the PDF Download app is part of a bigger package and costs about $150. That is no solution, just another headache. There must be a simpler way to view internet pages saved as a "webpage complete"! Please, someone must have a way. Otherwise, why save such a file as a folder with a raft of smaller bits and pieces? Help, please!

    • Saikat Basu
      September 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Hey Margaret, things have changed a lot since this article was published. Saving a webpage as a PDF is a default feature in browsers now.

  16. Sammy
    May 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    NCollector Studio seems to save complete websites complete with css. Looks as good as the original to me.

    http://calluna-software.com/nc...

  17. gildas
    May 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you :)

    Sorry for the double-post, I didn't want to spam :p

  18. gildas
    May 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

    If you want to save your HTML page into one single file on chrome, you should take a look at this extension named SingleFile : [Broken Link Removed]

  19. gildas
    May 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    If you want to save your HTML page into one single file on chrome, you should take a look at this extension named SingleFile :
    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/mpiodijhokgodhhofbcjdecpffjipkle

    • Aibek
      May 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

      that's one good extension for Chrome. thanks for sharing.

      • gildas
        May 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

        Thank you :)

        Sorry for the double-post, I didn't want to spam :p

    • rb
      February 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you for sharing, it was the solution to my not-saving-pages-correctly-problem :)

  20. Rajeeva
    May 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    can PDFdownload preserve hyperlinks?

  21. gildas
    April 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    If you want to save a page into one single file on chrome, you should take a look at SingleFile :

    https://chrome.google.com/exte...

  22. gildas
    April 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    If you want to save a page into one single file on chrome, you should take a look at SingleFile :

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/mpiodijhokgodhhofbcjdecpffjipkle

  23. Aibek
    April 26, 2010 at 7:46 am

    There is also something called PrintWhatYouLike

    //www.makeuseof.com/tag/p...

    Abek

  24. Chris G
    April 26, 2010 at 2:23 am

    I use "Print friendly" (http://www.printfriendly.com/) a Firefox add-on that firstly removes all the advertising from a webpage, and then allows you to either print the page, or save it as a PDF file. You can also manually select parts of the page for removal.

    I'm sure I found this from an earlier makeuseof.com story.

  25. Lake
    April 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Maybe it´s just me but HTTrack DONT save websites styles, that means that you get the ugly look of google cached pages.

  26. Lake
    April 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Maybe it´s just me but HTTrack DONT save websites styles, that means that you get the ugly look of google cached pages.

  27. Jessica Cam W.
    April 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Great article! I use PDFmyURL.com's bookmarklet to save a web page.

  28. Dave
    April 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I use Evernote Firefox plugin and tag it as as "to read later." I can then pull up all the articles I want to read later in Evernote and once read remove the tag and archive it or just delete it when I'm done.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      Yes Dave, Evernote is also a good option. Select the entire page with a CTRL+A and then save the selection. Though, I have often found that lot of the alignment gets disturbed, but it still is a pretty good way.

  29. Aibek
    April 20, 2010 at 10:01 am

    HTTrack is good for downloading whole sites but most of the times people
    just need a single page.

  30. Doc
    April 20, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Why not just use a PDF printer driver to save the whole page? I use CutePDF.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 20, 2010 at 4:37 am

      I have used PDF Download as an example. You can use other tools of course, like CutePDF and doPDF.

      • Jessica Cam W.
        April 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

        Great article! I use PDFmyURL.com's bookmarklet to save a web page.

        • Saikat Basu
          April 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm

          Thanks Jessica, PDFmyURL is another nice alternative to PDF Download mentioned above.

  31. Paul
    April 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I like HTTrack Website copier. From the site: It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 20, 2010 at 4:34 am

      Yes, Paul we have covered it before. My intention was to save a single page instead of a whole website.

    • Aibek
      April 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

      HTTrack is good for downloading whole sites but most of the times people
      just need a single page.

  32. Les Siewert
    April 20, 2010 at 1:18 am

    If you are a student or researcher, you might like Zotero at zotero.org because it save the URL info for reference as well as a copy of the page

  33. Les Siewert
    April 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    If you are a student or researcher, you might like Zotero at zotero.org because it save the URL info for reference as well as a copy of the page

  34. Andreas Beer
    April 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    You forgot opera, the browser from which firefox 1on1-copied the functionality... :-/

    • Saikat Basu
      April 20, 2010 at 4:30 am

      No, I haven't actually. I have mentioned it that it's the only other one which can handle MHT formats. And, yes, there's a lot others have copied from Opera:)