How to download the entire site?


Imagine you’re reading a long article on a website, but suddenly have to go on a trip. Any interruption while reading a good article is not something you appreciate.

Since it requires an active internet connection to access and read the articles on the webpage, you should ideally save or download a webpage instead.

But how are you going to download an entire website to your device? In this article, we are going to explore the possible ways to upload a website.

Can we download an entire website?

The simple answer to this question is that it depends on the website. Because, for the most part, there are two types of sites:

  • Static: Static websites have their DOM files stored on the server with content already written on them.
  • Dynamic: Content for dynamic sites is generated in real time through the backend process when an IP request is made.

You may have guessed. It is easier to upload static websites because they have a limited number of pages. Depending on the scale, dynamic websites can have an infinite number of pages, which makes downloading even more difficult.

How do I download only one web page at a time?

Modern browsers are full of features to save the web page viewed. So, if you want to download a single page website, the methods mentioned below can help you do so:

Built-in backup page functionality

Browsers provide us with built-in functionality to download web pages for offline use. Many of them download it in pdf format. Although uploading multiple pages is problematic, this feature will work best for single-page static websites.

Let’s move on to saving a web page using Google Chrome.

Under Windows

  1. Find the link in the address bar of the page you want to download.
  2. Next, click once anywhere on the web page and press CTRL+S. This will download a copy of the web page’s HTML file.
  3. A dialog box will appear to save the web page and locate it wherever you want.download site
  4. Rename as desired and click the to safeguard button.

You can move the file and open it whenever you want to read it offline.

On Mac

The procedure is identical to the desktop, except that the keys pressed on Mac are ordered + S

On Android

  1. Open Google Chrome and navigate to the website.
  2. Click on the three vertically aligned stitch menus.
  3. Now press the To download icon located between the bookmark (star) and information icons.download-website-on-android

To open it, you can go to the Downloads section in the browser.

Save web page as PDF

Browsers also have the ability to print a web page to paper. Thanks to this feature, we can save a web page in PDF format before printing it. We will show you how to use this feature with steps using Google Chrome.

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  1. Navigate to the desired web page and press Ctrl+P.
  2. Expand the Destination scrolling menu.
  3. Picking out Save as PDF.
    save-as-pdf
  4. Click on the to safeguard button.
  5. Select any location, rename the file and to safeguard.

On Mac (Safari)

As different versions of macOS may have different steps to save a webpage as PDF. You can take a look at yours at Apple support website.

On Android

  1. Click on the three vertical dots menu after opening the webpage you want to save.
  2. Choose the To share… option.
    to share
  3. Scroll the bottom menu to the left and select To print.
    to print
  4. Save as PDF in the drop-down menu at the top left.
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  5. Click the Blue PDF icon in the upper right corner of the document.
  6. Select a folder, rename the pdf and click on the to safeguard button.

For iPhone (Safari)

  1. After opening the site you want to download, click the Share icon.
  2. Scroll the list to the left and choose, Create PDF.
  3. Tap the Do button in the upper left corner.
  4. Select Save file to…
  5. Tap the desired directory and click To add top right.

How to download an entire website?

The browser’s built-in features are simple to perform, but downloading a multi-page website can be tedious. So here are some tools to download an entire website for offline use:

Using the Wget Tool

There is a command line in Linux operating systems to download or mirror an entire website to your PC. Later, it was designed as a free CUI-based software package compatible with any operating system. It is currently licensed under the gnu.org public license, which means that its source code is available to everyone.

Let’s start by installing Wget on your device:

Under Windows

Here are the steps to run the wget command on your computer:

  1. To download the wget executable file, highest in the table consists of the latest version.
  2. Open the file location, right click on the file and select cut or copy.
  3. Go to location C:WindowsSystem32 in file explorer.
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  4. Click once in any open space, then right-click.
  5. Picking out Doughthe exe file will be pasted into the System32 case.
  6. You may need to provide administrator permission. Click on Continue.
  7. Now press Windows button + R
  8. Type cmdand press Enter.
  9. Then use the commands according to the Using Wget Commands section below.

On Mac

To run Wget on Mac OS, we’ll use an open-source package manager called HomeBrew. And then it will help to install Wget on Mac. Follow the steps below:

  1. Press the command + space keys.
  2. Type Terminal in the spotlight and open.
  3. Run the command:
    /bin/bash -c “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)”
  4. Enter your password and come back.
  5. Now install Wget by running this order :
    brew install wget

Under Linux

Most Linux-based operating systems have this command line by default. But if not, it can be installed via command lines, that is apt-get install wget for Ubuntu.
sudo-apt-wget

Executing Wget Commands

After successfully installing wget on your device, run the command wget once. If it returns “Missing URL”, everything is good.

Missing URL

The basic command lines for all operating systems are the same. To download a webpage, first copy the URL of the webpage and type wget followed by the url, as a command.

For example, with wget www.someth.com/index.html , you can specify a folder with the -P between the command.

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For instance: wget -P :CDownloads www.someth.com/index.html saves the downloaded web page to the Downloads folder. However, the folder you upload to should not contain any other folders.

To download an entire website, you will need to add the keyword --mirror in the middle, like, wget – mirror www.someth.com

Using the HTTrack tool

There are other extensive tools for this purpose. One of the most widely used open source tools is HTTrack. It is also free and open-source. Moreover, unlike Wget, it also has a GUI. First, let’s install HTTrack on your device:

Under Windows

  1. To download HTTrack For windows.
  2. Locate it .exe file where you downloaded, and run it by double clicking.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
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On Mac

  1. Run the command in Terminal:
    /bin/bash -c “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)”
  2. To install httrack, you can run: brew install httrack
  3. Run the command webhttrack to launch it in graphical mode in a browser.

On Linux (Ubuntu)

  1. Type the command sudo apt-get install httrack webhttrack
  2. To launch httrack, you can run the command: webhttrack.

Using HTTrack (GUI)

After entering the software or web version of HTTrack, follow the steps to download from the website:

  1. Choose the preferred language and click on the Next button.
  2. Walk in name of the project and choose the location in base path:
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  3. Click on To add a URL… button.
    choose the project url
  4. Put the URL of the website you want to download and OKAY.
  5. Click on the Next button then the Finish.

Use other tools

If you want to skip freebies, you can use other paid third-party tools like SurfOnline, Website eXtractor (Freemium), etc.

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