Websites Download Tutorial

Tutorial that explains how you can download websites for later offline browsing.

Note: We have a video tutorial:

Downloading Websites

Ever wanted to download and keep a local copy of websites on your computer or offline media such as USB sticks and CDs for easy offline browsing?

Potential uses include:
  • Take sites you created and designed with you to clients.
  • Keep a backup of important information found on websites online.
  • Browse sites while offline, e.g. when traveling in areas with no internet.
  • With permission, provide alternative mirrors for sites on the intranet and internet.
  • Solving technical web site issues by invesigating what exactly was downloaded when mimicking a browser.

You can get started right-away with the above since the default configuration of our website downloader software works well for most websites.

Getting Started Downloading Websites

It does not matter if the website you are downloading is database-driven, uses a server side language such as PHP or has query parameters in URLs.

The only option you need to configure when downloading is the Website domain address and/or directory path.

If you want to download and view multiple websites, you will also need to configure Save files crawled to disk directory path.

After configuration, you are ready to Start scan and download websites.

download website options

Note: You can use the Quick presets... button to quickly configure the software for common uses.

When Website Download Has Finished

The A1 Website Download tool will automatically show you the website content downloaded when it has finished scanning.

website downloaded

You can now surf the downloaded website offline with your preferred internet browser including Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome or FireFox.

To browse the downloaded website, just open the index.html placed in the directory you chose before you begun the web site download.

view paths after website download

Note: At this point you can move the downloaded website somewhere else - e.g. to another disk in your computer, USB disk, CD or online mirror.

Advanced Options

Here is a short list of the capabilities in the A1 Website Download software:

  • Download and convert large dynamic database sites to static ones.
  • Includes support for a wide range of crawl filters to finely control the download.
  • Can follow and correct a variety of file uses including redirects, frames and images.
  • Customize download speed through crawl delay and max simultaneous connections.

You can access these options by switching off simplified easy mode in the program toolbar.

When FTP Website Download Is Preferable

This website download tool downloads entire websites across public HTTP access. What gets downloaded is the website output, e.g. HTML, content, images etc. If you need to get the original code on the server side, e.g. ASP or PHP code, you need to download the files across FTP.
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