Internet is truly a blessing today, but like every other boon, it’s not available to everyone or all the time. Even in this high-tech digital world, there are a lot of people who are still without Wi-Fi or Internet connection. Sure, we do have a strong 4G/3G connection right now, but it’s not pretty reliable, right? We might get stuck in limbo when we can’t access the Internet, what if you want to read an important website but unable to because of slow or no network connection? It’s simple to download individual web pages through a built-in browser feature but what if you want to save the whole website for offline reading?
Well, don’t fret folks, as there’re a lot of ways to access the whole website for offline reading.
Below we have listed useful website downloaders for accessing the whole website without any Internet connection.
5 Best Website Downloaders
We have listed some interesting software that will allow you to download an entire website for offline reading on PC, Mac, Linux, Android & iOS!
HTTrack is an extremely popular website downloader that allows users to download WWW site from the Internet with all the media files, HTML etc. All you have to do is to just copy the URL of the website and paste into downloader’s ‘URL’ bar. Select the parts of the website you wish to download such as media files, texts or HTML, choose the files you want to exclude from saving, select the location where you will save your downloaded website click “Download” button to begin downloading the entire website for offline reading.
The download can take time based on the size of the website and speed of your Internet connection, however, once it’s downloaded you can preserve it forever!
Available for: Windows, Linux, and Android.
GetLeft is a pretty nifty tool you can use for free downloading of any websites. The software is available for three platforms and you can download it in 13 languages including English & Spanish. It occupies very little space on system resources and quickly resumes downloading if interrupted.
To begin using the website downloader, upon launch press CNTRL + U and a textbox will prompt on your screen asking you to enter the URL & directory of website you wish to download > select the files you want to save from the website (like images, PDF Files, text, videos etc.) and wait for few moments until files are being pulled on your device. That’s all start browsing your saved website in offline mode.
Available for: Windows, Mac, and Linux.
WebCopy is an amazing Web site grabber, that downloads whole websites for offline browsing in just a few clicks. With WebCopy you can create multiple ‘Projects’ that have their own setting and configurations to download a website offline. For example, set up a project “Tech” for downloading tech websites only.
To start using the tool, you have to install the application from its official website, as soon as it downloads > launch it on your device > head towards the File menu and select ‘New’ to start creating a project > enter the website URL you wish to download > choose the folder where you would like to save it > click ‘Copy Website’ button and start the downloading process. Once everything gets downloaded you can start reading the website offline.
Available for: Windows only.
SurfOffline is the freemium website downloader available for Windows platform. The application is quite fast and convenient from other options mentioned here. The interesting feature is that right after you have downloaded the website SurfOffline acts as an offline browser so that you can read and view web pages in the app itself.
The tool comes with the ability to download up to 100 files simultaneously and up to 4,00,000 files in a project. Another interesting feature that SurfOffline provides that it allows you to download password-protected websites as well (HTTP and FTP authentication). Similar to WebCopy, just download the software > create a project > select what parts of the website you would like to save and tap ‘Download the project right now’.
Available for: Windows only
SiteSucker is a Macintosh website downloader application that downloads every type of websites on your machine without any hassles. Not only website, but the application is also capable of downloading text, video, audio, and other files, giving you a complete copy of all the contents offline.
A user is required to paste the URL of the site’s web pages and press ‘return’ to download an entire website. Basic requirements to run the software is macOS 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or above. The website downloader is available in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and French and costs just $4.99. If you’re a person who likes to work offline, then you can easily backup entire website using the website downloader- SiteSucker.
Available for: Mac and iOS
Wrap Up: Which Is The Best Website Downloader?
Well, this question depends on which website you’re downloading. Remember, bigger the website, heavy the database would be, and much the time will be taken by the website downloader to download an entire website. So, it’s recommended to choose the sites which don’t have lots of media files such as videos and pictures.
For downloading individual web pages, the built-in save feature of the browser is more than enough. Although to download an entire website for offline reading taking aid from these best website downloaders should be your clear choice. If you know any other tools for free downloading of websites, then do let us know in the comment section below!
PaulJust a quick question as I want to download a website for access to lecture videos whilst I’m away overseas without ready internet access, are there restrictions as to the types of websites that these programs can download? The site i’m looking at does have membership access. Not sure what language/structure it is written in though. Cheers P.
Mansi VijayHey Paul, usually these types of websites restrict users with screenshotting and downloading for offline use. But you can try each one of them to see which works for you. Thanks!
Thomas SchulzYou may also want to check A1 Website Download for Windows and Mac. It has many options for controlling crawl and download including “limit to” and “exclude” filters, command line support for automation, quick presets for common download needs etc.
ArthurThere are several tools available for iPhone/iPad: NewsPal (free) with a nice autorefresh feature, SiteSucker ($4.99), and Offline Pages Pro ($9.99)