Introduction to Links

Links is a text and graphics mode WWW browser. It includes support for rendering tables and frames, features background downloads, can display colors and has many other features.



Development versions of BLFS may not build or run some packages properly if LFS or dependencies have been updated since the most recent stable versions of the books.

Package Information

Links Dependencies



Graphics mode requires at least one of GPM-1.20.7 (mouse support to be used with a framebuffer-based console), SVGAlib, DirectFB , and a graphical environment

For decoding various image formats Links can utilize libavif-1.0.1, libpng-1.6.40, libjpeg-turbo-3.0.1, librsvg-2.57.0, and libtiff-4.6.0

For decompressing web pages that are compressed with Brotli, Links can utilize Brotli-1.1.0

Installation of Links

Install Links by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -d -m755 /usr/share/doc/links-2.29 &&
install -v -m644 doc/links_cal/* KEYS BRAILLE_HOWTO \

Command Explanations

--enable-graphics: This switch enables support for graphics mode.

Configuring Links

Config Files


Configuration Information

Links stores its configuration in per-user files in the ~/.links directory. These files are created automatically when links is run for the first time.


Installed Program: links
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/doc/links-2.29

Short Descriptions


is a text and graphics mode WWW browser