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Links2, Text Mode & Graphics Mode Web Browser

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For Mac OS X
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For Mac OS X
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Welcome To The Links2 Port For PPC Mac OS X
This release of Links2 supports Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.6.8, and was compiled for G3, G4, and G5. Rosetta is required for Intel Macs to run this release of Links2.

Links2 is a graphical and text only browser. You can browse the web in a text mode or a graphical mode. This option is presented at each launch of the /Applications/

The graphics mode requires /Applications/Utilities/ to be installed. The text mode does not. X11 is an optional install in the OS installation of Mac OS X 10.3 and Mac OS X 10.4. On Mac OS X 10.3, it was also provided as an additional separate download. I have uploaded this version to the Macintosh Garden at the URL: . On Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 X11 is installed in the default OS installation.

Copy to /Applications/, then open it. Select Text or Graphics Mode, and once the window launches press the esc key to show Links2's interface.

(OPTIONAL) Enable the Links Command In
If you want to start links2 from the command line, you can install the wrapper scripts in the 'add_commands' directory. Open the Terminal app, cd into the 'add_commands' directory, and execute the command 'sudo ./install'. You can then execute the command 'linksxw' (requires X11, graphics mode enabled) or the command 'linksw' (does not require X11, graphics mode disabled).

This Release Includes

Links2 version 2.20.2(latest)
Zlib version 1.2.11(latest)
Tiff version 4.1.0(latest)
XZ version 5.2.5(latest)
OpenSSL version 1.1.1g(latest)
LibPNG version 1.6.37(latest)
JPEG version 9d(latest)
Bzip2 version 1.0.8(latest)
The cacert.pem file from Mozilla extracted by the cURL project(latest)

This release of Links2 is completely up to date as of this release (4/24/2020).

The Links2 homepage is at with much more information on the web browser.

Latest News
4/24/2020 - Links2 R2
-OpenSSL updated to latest version, 1.1.1g.
-Added an App icon.
-Fixed Mac OS X 10.3.9 compatibility.
-Now compiled on Mac OS X 10.3.9, with GCC 3.3 & X11 SDK.
-New wrapper scripts for command line operations.


This requires Xcode 1.5 and Mac OS X 10.3.9. The X11 SDK must be installed, this is a .pkg file located in the 'packages' directory of Xcode 1.5.

Once all requirements are met, cd into the source directory, and execute 'sudo ./build'.

Links is (c) 1999-2002 Mikulas Patocka, (c) 2000-2002 Karel Kulhavy, Petr Kulhavy, Martin Pergel. Links is a free software. You can redistribute it and/or modify under the terms of the GNU general public license as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Mgr. Mikulas Patocka
Mgr. Karel Kulhavy (Clock)
Mgr. Petr Kulhavy (Brain)
Mgr. Martin Pergel (PerM)

Architecture: PPC

PPC G3/G4/G5 w/ Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.6.8 (Intel requires Rosetta)


Europa's picture
by Europa - 2020, April 20 - 1:48am

Awesome work! I look forward to trying it out once I get some down time! Laughing out loud

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, April 19 - 7:38pm

REALLY COOL. I love TenFourFox, but sometimes it is just too slow when all you want is to look up some info in text format.

z970's picture
by z970 - 2020, April 17 - 6:33pm

Excellent work. Smile

Antonin29's picture
by Antonin29 - 2020, April 17 - 2:36pm

Absolutely marvelous!

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2020, April 17 - 10:59am

Wow, cool one! Thumbs up! With ever more bloat added to websites, this will soon be the primary browser on anything lower than a G5 Laughing out loud

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2020, April 17 - 9:39am

Pretty cool. Smile Love how this is the latest 2020 release, and it's PPC. Seems like a great option for "lower-end" Macs running OS X.