Installing Lynx with Homebrew

If you need a text-based web browser that doesn't require a graphical user interface (GUI), one alternative is the Lynx browser that is available for a variety of operating systems, including Linux, OS X/macOS, DOS, and Microsoft Windows. If you have the Homebrew package management software installed on a OS X/macOS system, you can use it to easily install the Lynx browser using the command brew install lynx.

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$ brew install lynx
Updating Homebrew...
==> Auto-updated Homebrew!
Updated 1 tap (homebrew/core).
==> New Formulae
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grails@2.5                 opus                       yle-dl
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gtk+3                      pachi                      zsh-autosuggestions
gtk-vnc                    packetbeat                 zsh-completions
==> Deleted Formulae
autotrace       dvtm            libtess2        snescom         xplanetfx

==> Installing dependencies for lynx: openssl
==> Installing lynx dependency: openssl
==> Downloading https://homebrew.bintray.com/bottles/openssl-1.0.2l.el_capitan.b
######################################################################## 100.0%
==> Pouring openssl-1.0.2l.el_capitan.bottle.tar.gz
==> Using the sandbox
==> Caveats
A CA file has been bootstrapped using certificates from the SystemRoots
keychain. To add additional certificates (e.g. the certificates added in
the System keychain), place .pem files in
  /usr/local/etc/openssl/certs

and run
  /usr/local/opt/openssl/bin/c_rehash

This formula is keg-only, which means it was not symlinked into /usr/local,
because Apple has deprecated use of OpenSSL in favor of its own TLS and crypto libraries.

If you need to have this software first in your PATH run:
  echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/openssl/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile

For compilers to find this software you may need to set:
    LDFLAGS:  -L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib
    CPPFLAGS: -I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include

==> Summary
🍺  /usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.2l: 1,709 files, 12.1MB
==> Installing lynx
==> Downloading https://homebrew.bintray.com/bottles/lynx-2.8.8rel.2_1.el_capita
######################################################################## 100.0%
==> Pouring lynx-2.8.8rel.2_1.el_capitan.bottle.1.tar.gz
🍺  /usr/local/Cellar/lynx/2.8.8rel.2_1: 10 files, 2.2MB
$

Advantages to using a text-based browser such as Lynx, in addition to it not requiring a GUI, making it suitable to be run in a Terminal window, is that it doesn't support Adobe Flash, which makes it invulnerable to malware distributed through vulnerabilities in Flash. Also, because it doesn't support JavaScript nor graphics, it prevents tracking software that uses JavaScript or web bugs, aka web beacons, which can track your web browsing activities via small graphics files that will be invisible to you on a webpage, from being used to track your browsing activities. It does support HTTP cookies, though, which are also used by sites to track visitors, but Lynx will prompt you if you want to allow cookies for a site when you visit the site and has whitelisting and blacklisting capabilities. E.g., when a site tries to place a cookie on your system, Lynx will prompt you as to whether it should be allowed. You can choose from "Y/N/Always/neVer."

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