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Offline Browser

An offline reader (sometimes called an offline browser or offline navigator) is computer software that downloads e-mail, newsgroup posts or web pages, making them available when the computer is offline: not connected to the Internet. Offline readers are useful for portable computers and dial-up access.


Website-mirroring software

Website mirroring software is software that allows for the download of a copy of an entire website to the local hard disk for offline browsing. In effect, the downloaded copy serves as a mirror of the original site. Web crawler software such as Wget can be used to generate a site mirror.

Offline mail readers

Offline mail readers are computer programs that allow users to read electronic mail or other messages (for example, those on bulletin board systems) with a minimum of connection time to the server storing the messages. This is accomplished by the server packaging up multiple messages into a compressed file for the user to download and then disconnect. The user then reads the message packet locally and any replies or new messages generated are packaged up and uploaded back to the server upon the next connection.

Most e-mail protocols, like the common POP3 and IMAP4 used for internet mail, need be on-line only during message transfer. Most end-user mailers, such as Outlook Express and AOL, can be used offline even if they are mainly intended to be used online, but some mailers such as Juno are mainly intended to be used offline.

Off-line mail readers are generally considered to be those systems that did not originally offer such functionality, notably on bulletin board systems where toll charges and tying up telephone lines were a major concern. Users of large networks such as FidoNet regularly used offline mail readers, and it was also used for UseNet messages on the internet, which is also an online system. The two most common formats for FidoNet BBS's were Blue Wave and QWK. Less well-known examples include Silver Xpress's OPX, XRS, OMEM, SOUP and ZipMail.


Name Publisher License Platform
A1 Website Download Microsys Shareware Windows [1]
BackStreet Browser Spadix software Shareware Windows [2]
Browse Offline Menelaos Vergis Free software Windows [3]
Darcy Ripper DarcyRipper Free software Windows, Linux, OS X, Unix [4]
Golden CommPass (GCP) Creative Systems Programming Corporation Paid OS/2 [a]
Hamster Mathias Dolidon Free software Windows, Linux, OS X, Unix [5]
HTTrack Free software Windows, Linux, OS X, Unix [6]
Leech Universal Commerce, Issaquah Shareware Windows [7]
MR/2 Knight Writer Software Company Shareware OS/2 [b]
MR/2 PM Knight Writer Software Company Shareware OS/2 [b]
MR/2 ICE Secant
Shareware OS/2
NCollector Studio Calluna Software Shareware Windows [8]
Offline Browser MetaProducts Shareware Windows [9]
Offline Commander Zylox, Inc. Shareware Windows
Offline Explorer MetaProducts Shareware Windows [10]
Offline Pages Codium Labs Paid OS X, iOS [11]
Off Line Xpress Mustang Softwre, Inc. Paid DOS [d]
PageNest Freeware or Paid Windows [12]
ScrapBook Mozilla Add-ons Freeware Cross-platform [13]
Site Sucker Rick Cranisky Paid OS X, iOS
TapCIS CompuServe Information Service (CIS) Shareware DOS [a]
Teleport Tennyson Maxwell Information Systems Shareware Windows [14]
WebCopier Maximumsoft Shareware Windows [15]
Offline Browser Nikodroid Shareware Android [16]
Xaldon WebSpider Xaldon Technologies Freeware Windows [17]
Offline Browser Gashaw Mola Shareware Android [18]

See also


  1. ^ a b Mail reader for Compuserve
  2. ^ a b BBS reader
  3. ^ Internet mail reader
  4. ^ The free test subset of OLX is called Off Line Xpress - Test Drive (OLX-TD)


  1. ^ "A1 Website Download - Download and view websites offline". 2013-11-18. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "BackStreet Browser - Offline Browser, Download Entire WebSite at High Speed!". 2011-01-24. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Browse Offline | Free website downloader". Menelaos Vergis. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Darcy Ripper | Free website downloader". Darcy Ripper. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Hamster : hoard the web". 2018-01-04. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "HTTrack Website Copier - Free Software Offline Browser (GNU GPL)". 2012-06-23. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Aeria Leech". Archived from the original on 16 November 1999. Retrieved 2020. Leech is a high-speed offline web browser for Windows 95/98/NT that downloads web site content to your hard drive.
  8. ^ "Offline Browser | Website Crawler - NCollector Studio". Retrieved .
  9. ^ "MetaProducts Offline Browser". 1999-03-26. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Offline Explorer". 1999-03-26. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Offline Pages". 2015-04-24. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "PageNest Free Offline Browser". 2007-01-15. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Gomita (2012-04-03). "ScrapBook :: Add-ons for Firefox". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Tennyson Maxwell Information Systems, Inc. - Home". 2012-06-27. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "WebCopier :: Products". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Offline Browser:: Products". Nikodroid. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "xaldon Technologies". Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Offline Browser". Gashaw Mola. Retrieved .

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