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Originally, there had been a separate project Emacs/W3 which in its time was the most popular web browser on Emacs, but it suffered from slow operation. The decision was made to create this alternative, based upon Akinori Ito's w3m text-mode pager which had WWW capability.
As of 2018, the project has been actively developed and supported for nearly two decades, but since 2005 it has been releasing updates in a "rolling" manner, directly from its CVS repository (although un-official third-party mirrors exist on MELPA and github).
Here's the history of the old milestones under the prior system of issuing 'stable' releases:
This project uses the cvs version control system, so in order to download the current version from the official source, you need to have cvs installed.
% cvs -d :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/storage/cvsroot login CVS password: # No password is set. Just hit Enter/Return key. % cvs -d :pserver:email@example.com:/storage/cvsroot co emacs-w3m
Source code access with ViewVC is also available.
emacs-w3m-1.4.4.tar.gz(March 25th, 2005)
emacs-w3m-1.4.3.tar.gz(August 17th, 2004)
emacs-w3m-1.4.2.tar.gz(July 14th, 2004)
emacs-w3m-1.4.1.tar.gz(July 7th, 2004)
emacs-w3m-1.4.tar.gz(April 29th, 2004)
emacs-w3m-1.3.6.tar.gz(July 18th, 2003)
emacs-w3m-1.3.5.tar.gz(July 5th, 2003)
emacs-w3m-1.3.4.tar.gz(June 18th, 2003)
emacs-w3m-1.3.3.tar.gz(October 25th, 2002)
emacs-w3m-1.3.2.tar.gz(September 3rd, 2002)
w3m_el-1.3.1.tar.gz(July 17th, 2002)
w3m_el-1.3.tar.gz(July 7th, 2002)
w3m_el-1.2.8.tar.gz(June 20th, 2002)
w3m_el-1.2.7.tar.gz(June 3rd, 2002)
w3m_el-1.2.6.tar.gz(March 12th, 2002)
w3m_el-1.2.5.tar.gz(March 2nd, 2002)
w3m_el-1.2.4.tar.gz(January 8th, 2002)
w3m_el-1.2.3.tar.gz(December 21st, 2001)
w3m_el-1.2.2.tar.gz(December 6th, 2001)
w3m_el-1.2.1.tar.gz(November 12th, 2001)
w3m_el-1.2.tar.gz(November 6th, 2001)
w3m_el-1.0.tar.gz(May 9th, 2001)
Emacs-w3m supports the latest two major stable versions of Emacs. Thus, when the latest stable Emacs was 26.1, Emacs-w3m was supporting versions 26.1, 25.3, 25.2, and 25.1.
Older versions of Emacs may still be able to successfully use the current version of emacs-w3m, but as the current versions of Emacs or ELisp themselves change, deprecate, or remove features, the latest version of emacs-w3m can be expected to keep pace, and thus will gradually lose functionality when run in older Emacs versions.
Pre-release versions of Emacs and even development snapshots are unofficially supported, as we do try to keep the code up-to-date, so if you are using a "bleeding edge" Emacs version and do experience a problem, please do file a bug report by contacting us on our mailing list!
Emacs-w3m requires the latest version of w3m.
Before installing emacs-w3m, check whether your environment meets the requirements.
First, run the
However, if you've installed APEL and FLIM in non-standard
directories (ie. somewhere not on the default
load-path), you must specify them
using the --with-addpath option as follows:
% ./configure --with-addpath=/your/path/to//apel:/your/path/to/flim
Next, execute the following commands to install emacs-w3m to an appropriate directory.
% make # make install
If you cannot execute the
configure script on your
system, or if no
make command is available, execute
the following command:
# emacs -batch -q -no-site-file -l w3mhack.el NONE -f w3mhack-nonunix-install
However, if APEL, FLIM (or any other library) are installed in
non-standard directories (ie. somewhere not on the default
load-path), the installer won't find them. In such a
case, it is necessary to tell the installer where they are, as
# emacs -batch -q -no-site-file -l w3mhack.el //c/your/path/to/apel://c/your/path/to/flim -f w3mhack-nonunix-install
Emacs-w3m has many configuration options, but the minimum that is required
is just to put this line into your
Just type M-x w3m, and you can use emacs-w3m.
In order to handle text/html part with emacs-w3m under SEMI MUAs such as
Wanderlust, put the following line in your
For more details, see Info manual, or browse the emacs-w3m customization group within Emacs.
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