HTTRack is a free porgram for Windows and various Unix based operating systems that you can use to copy contents of a website to your local system. It enables you to download all pages and information of a website to the local system. This is commonly referred to as ripping websites. While that's its greatest strength, you can use it as well to quickly download only a single page of a website, or a category instead.
It is a program for experienced users and those who do not mind spending time exploring all the options that it makes available. It offers many configuration options which may look intimidating at first, but if you get through that initial phase, you will certainly appreciate what it has to offer. Most of the settings are optional and help you deal with special case websites that use lots of scripting, dynamically generated pages or require authentication.
A question that may come up is why you would want to rip a website to your local system? There are many reasons for this. Maybe you want to make the contents of the site available for offline browsing. This can be useful if a PC you need the information on has no Internet connection, or at least no permanent connection. It can also be useful if you know or fear that a site may be taken offline in the near future. The program can help you preserve the information by downloading them all to your system.You can last but not least use it to create a local backup of your own site, even though there are usually other options available in this regard.Saving websites to the local computer
The HTTrack website offers a step by step guide that you can use to get to know the program and the core of its features. This should suffice to rip your first website. HTTrack is available for Windows and Unix, Linux & BSD.
The best way to get started with HTTrack is to check out the manual posted on the site which walks you through copying your first website with the help of the program. You can also check out our tutorials on the subject, e.g. how to save websites to your hard drive or how to rip most websites.
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