How To Download A Website For Offline Access Using HTTrack?


HOW TO USE A WEBSITE WITHOUT INTERNETShort Bytes: This article covers a method to download a complete website for offline access using a website copy software WinHTTrack. Other software to download websites for offline also exists like Cyotek WebCopy.

The internet is a great source of information stored over millions of websites around the world. All the information is just a click away. But what if we get disconnected from the internet for a while, like if we have to plan a trip to some remote area where even the cellular waves fail to reach?

We would be deprived of all the great content we consume on various websites. But, what if I suggest you an amazing workaround to this situation? You can carry the complete website which you access more often on your laptop, like a blog or some tutorial website. You won’t require the internet every time you want to access it.

How to download a website for offline use?

There are many software which facilitate offline viewing of a website. In this article, I will bring to the spotlight the open source offline browser HTTrack Website Copier. It is a well-liked software used for offline browsing of websites. HTTrack (WinHTTrack for Windows) can download an entire website. And entire means entire–all the text, images, videos, GIFs, all of it.

Although HTTrack is available for different operating systems, I have used Windows OS to explain the working of HTTrack as it is preferred by many users over other operating systems.

Follow these steps to download a website for offline viewing using HTTracks:

Follow the link given ahead and download WinHTTrack.

1. Click Next on the welcome page.

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2. Type Project and Category name (choose any name as per your liking) in the field and click Next.

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3. From the drop-down menu in front of Action, select Download web site(s). In future, if you want to update the downloaded data, select Update existing website and follow the rest.

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4. Click Add URL and type the website address.

5. Click Set Options. Untick use proxy for ftp transfers check box. Click Ok.

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6. Click Next, followed by Finish.

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Now the website download process will start.

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You can Cancel it anytime and you’ll able to view download content.

How To Remove MIRROR ERROR In HTTrack?

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If you see this message. You need to follow a simple step.

1. Click Ok on the Mirror Error box.

2. Go to Set Options.

3. Click Browser ID tab.

4. In the Browser “Identity” drop-down, select (none) and click Ok.

How To Browse The Downloaded Website Using HTTrack?

From the HTTrack:

  1.  Click File.
  2.  Click Browse sites…
  3.  Your web browser will open displaying a list of all the websites you’ve downloaded.

From Windows Explorer:

  1.  Navigate to C drive or whichever drive you have saved the website.
  2.  Open My Web sites.
  3.  Open the folder of the offline website you want to browse.
  4.  Open the index file. Make sure the index file uses the Chrome (or any web browser) as the default application.

How To Delete Websites Downloaded For Offline Access Using WinHTTrack?

  1. Open WinHTTrack.
  2. Click File.
  3. Click Delete Websites.
  4. Go to the folder My Web Sites.
  5. Select the file with .whtt extension and click Open. For example, if you want to delete fossbytes, well, we won’t like it, though. Select the fossbytes.whtt file.
  6. Click Ok and WinHTTrack will delete the website download for offline access.

The downloaded website rests locally on your machine and you can use it anytime as per your requirement. Also, the structure of the website is the same as it is on the internet. It means that after you open the first page of the downloaded website in your web browser, you can use the website normally. Cyotek WebCopy is another software to download a website for offline access.

If you have something to add, tell us in the comments below.

Also Read: How To Enable Work Offline Mode In Firefox?

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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