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Links2, Text Mode & Graphics Mode Web Browser

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (11.66 MB)
MD5: e5dd68bf6eec2fda7a932a9f03ebf344
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (45.22 MB)
MD5: 0b635adc49e2567f05baa7930072c6db
For Mac OS X
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Links2 2.21 For PowerPC Panther ported by Alex Free
Links2 (homepage is at ) is a web browser capable of both a command line and graphical user interfaces. This release is up to date as of 12/23/2020, and supports all PowerPC Macs (604/G3/G4/G5) running Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above. Rosetta is required for Intel Macs to run this build.

Links2 does not support javascript, but it is extremely fast and because this build is 100% up to date TLS 1.3 is supported as well.

Download and unzip the latest release (r4). Double click the Select either graphics mode or text mode.

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 ( ). On Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 X11 is installed in the default OS installation.

Advanced Usage
You may want to use this release from the command line. For example, you can use MacSSH ( ) on Mac OS 9 (with Zlib compression disabled in MacSSH to allow it to connect to newer OpenSSH versions) and run the Links2 text mode remotely.

Since this is a portable release that can run anywhere, the commands to run in graphics mode or text mode change depending on where is. In the below example commands, is at '/Applications/'. Change '/Applications/' in the commands if is somewhere else.

Text Mode:
/Applications/ -ssl.certificates 1 -ssl.builtin-certificates 1 -ssl.client-cert-crt /Applications/
Graphics Mode:
/Applications/ -g -ssl.certificates 1 -ssl.builtin-certificates 1 -ssl.client-cert-crt /Applications/

In This This Release (All up to date as of 12/23/2020)
Links2 version 2.21
Zlib version 1.2.11
LibTiff version 4.1.0
XZ version 5.2.5
OpenSSL version 1.1.1i
LibPNG version 1.6.37
JPEG version 9d
CA certificates extracted from Mozilla version 2020-12-08

12/23/2020 - Links2 R4
- is now a portable application, it can be ran from any directory/volume on your Mac. You no longer need to copy it to /Applications, just double click and select your preferred mode.
- Updated Links2 to version 2.21.
- Updated OpenSSL to version 1.1.1i.
- Updated CA cert to 12/8/2020 extraction.

7/15/2020 - Links2 R3
- Updated CA cert to 6/24/2020 Mozilla extraction.

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.

- X11 SDK.
- Mac OS X 10.5.7 or 10.5.8
- Xcode 3.1.4.
- Build Select .

cd into the source directory, and execute 'sudo ./build-all'.

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.

See the 'licenses' directory of each release for all documentation.
Mgr. Mikulas Patocka
Mgr. Karel Kulhavy (Clock)
Mgr. Petr Kulhavy (Brain)
Mgr. Martin Pergel (PerM)

Architecture: PPC

PowerPC 604/G3/G4/G5 w/ Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.6.8 (Intel requires Rosetta)


z970's picture
by z970 - 2021, January 16 - 1:41am

Press 'g' to enter a URL (like a search engine), and 's' to bring up the bookmarks menu. You can then go back or forward a page with the left and right arrow keys, respectively.

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by thecandymancan1423 - 2021, January 16 - 12:50am

how do i even type in a url yet search for anything using graphics mode??????

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!

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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

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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.