Best Free Web Site Ripper

 
Introduction

Did you ever land on a website with many pages or lots of content that you were looking for but didn't have enough time to look through the site at the time? If so, then a website ripper is the software you needed to download the whole site to your computer.

Once downloaded you could then browse through the whole site whenever you wanted, even without an internet connection. The software products reviewed here are capable of downloading the whole website including the images, style sheets and everything else the site owners uploaded on the server. So, don’t worry about how the site looks when they get downloaded.

I hope that this review will help you to choose the right website ripper freeware that matches your requirements.

 
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Discussion

HTTrack is an impressive product that does everything that you could want from a website ripper—download any website to your computer and then browse at your convenience. The entire website is there, the sub-directories, pictures, and internal links. Links to external websites are only active if you have an internet connection. HTTrack is compatible with all Windows versions, and is GPL licensed freeware. WinHTTrack is the Windows release of HTTrack, and WebHTTrack is the Linux release. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

After a quick install you may start the program and select your language preference. You are then presented with a box to tell the program if you use a proxy for FTP transfers. If you do not use a proxy, just cancel and click next where you can give your project(s) a name and category. The default download folder is C:\My Web Sites so just click next. Now you can paste in a URL for the website you wish to download. If you click on Options this will give a number of choices. These can also be accessed on the top menu through Preferences. Click on next to get to the last screen to make any last options before one last next. Now you can watch HTTrack download the entire website.

It might take a while for the program to download the whole site, and is not as easy to use as some other products mentioned in this review.

Alternatively there is the free edition of PageNest, which allows you to download and categorize websites, as well as browse them within the programs own viewer. PageNest can also show what new or updated content has been added to an archived website. The commercial Pro version of PageNest, among other things, adds the ability to schedule auto-updates to archived sites.

The third program in this category, Local Website Archive, has a free lite edition that only allows you to download web pages and other documents on the web. However, it has good integration with Opera, Firefox and Internet Explorer, allowing you to capture a web pages URL directly from the browser. Unlike HTTrack or PageNest, this program has a built-in search facility, which identifies the pages that a word or phrase appears in, and highlights the words in the document. It also has the useful ability to zip up a stored page, so it can be emailed.

Another contender in this category is GetLeft, an open-source freeware product that allows you to download entire web sites or single webpages. It can change all the links to ensure that the downloaded site is still functional, can resume downloads if the connection is poor or lost, and can also follow links to external sites i.e. download pages from external sites. However, it only processes the HTML, so it won't process files embedded with JavaScript.

QuadSucker/Web is another freeware that I tried to use, but unfortunately I found this software to be unsatisfactory. Most of the functionalities of the original website couldn't be restored by this freeware for offline viewing. But, this freeware provides an easy to use interface for downloading the websites. QSW also gives us four options to select from: Entire Site, Single Page + Images, Single File and Multi-Site Spider.

I call this software hardly freeware, as we need to wait a considerable time on each occasion we open this software before use. To avoid this waiting and being disturbed by a popup, which keeps on telling us to do register this software (nagware), we sure need to register this software for some dollars. Besides these popup distractions, QuadSucker is capable of downloading four files at a time, so we could expect a little faster download. Also QuadSucker can support both standard (http) and secure (https) websites.

 

Other software products to be reviewed:

  • WebRipper
  • WinWSD WebSite Downloader
  • WebFetch
  • wget + wget GUI
  • CyberArticle
 
Quick Selection Guide

HTTrack
3.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Available for multiple operating systems, highly configurable.
Not as easy to use as some other products.
http://www.httrack.com/
3.47.19
3.76 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

v3.47.19 available 02/06/13

PageNest
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple and easy to use interface.
The Home tabs did not have icons, just the red X placeholders.
http://www.pagenest.com/
3.30
1.8 MB
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP to 7
Local Website Archive
2.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple and easy to use interface.
Only able to save single web pages.
http://www.aignes.com/lwa.htm
12.2
4.1 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 2000 to 8

v12.2 released 04/07/12

GetLeft
2.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Supports for multi platforms.
Only able to save single web pages.
1.2
2.5 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Windows (with Tcl/Tk), Linux, Mac OSX

Developer's homepage is currently not available.
The portable version is available here.
Change log is here.

QuadSucker/Web
2.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple and easy to use interface with multiple file downloads at a time.
inefficient to restore the whole site functionalities to offline.
http://www.quadsucker.com/
3.5 (Last release - Mar 2, 2007)
1.22MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Time limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows

 
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Tags

web ripper, website ripper, website backup, save web pages, read web pages offline

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Comments

by damtac84 on 20. November 2014 - 17:31  (119757)

I spend a lot time with HTTrack and sometime its take a lot time andI think PageNest have an option better than HTTrack. thats auto-collect what should download. PageNest auto-collect pages are link prefer and do not download it. it save much time!

by Sine on 3. August 2014 - 10:06  (117718)

Excuse me, I am looking for something that can schedule automatic download of web page, and it can loop for certain duration, e.g. start copying a web at everyday morning10am and continue downloading every 10 minutes till 16pm, which of these software can meet this requirement?
Thanks

by tom4455 on 3. July 2014 - 23:33  (117134)

New version of HTTrack: Version 3.48-13 (06/08/2014)

by superqaz on 29. March 2014 - 9:32  (115384)

am having a really bad time with page nest, pc freezes, there are no step by step instructions [yes ive read the instructions] .

can anyone suggest a dedicated forum of some clear instructions ......getting desperate to copy my site before my subscription runs out, if u can help pls dont delay

thanks

by Anupam on 29. March 2014 - 9:40  (115385)

There are other suggestions on this review. Why don't you try them?

by superqaz on 29. March 2014 - 11:25  (115386)

pls explain what u mean by that

by Anupam on 29. March 2014 - 11:55  (115387)

What I mean to say is that you have tried just one program, Page Nest. This review contains other software which you can use and backup the website. Why don't you try other software that are mentioned in this review?

by superqaz on 29. March 2014 - 12:12  (115388)

thanks but i tryed first choice, even harder to use, ive invested so much time in this one im sticking to it and slowly learning

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