Comparison of software saving Web pages for offline use

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NameTechnologyCompleteness of saved contentSupport for collectionsEase of adding to existing collectionsNavigable between saved pages in offlineFormat of saved files; open/proprietaryCompressionNotes
wgetcommand line applicationimages and CSS (if -p option is used), but no client-side generated HTML contentYes ?Yes, if -k option is usedOpen (HTML or WARC)Yes, if WARC files are used
HTtrackcommand line application has WebHTTrack for Windows and WinHTTrack for Linux/BSD/Unix GUI front-ends ? ? ?Yes. Links all remade so open your locally stored pages for the site you downloadOpen. Standard HTML pages saved in a folder. Click on index.html to open home pageNoMany options to let you refine what you save.
ScrapbookFirefox extensionDefault:
  • images, CSS and other static content; clientside-generated HTML content—all saved fine


  • sound (MP3, WAV, RAM, WMA)
  • video (MPG, AVI, MOV, WMV)
  • archives (ZIP, LZH, RAR, JAR, XPI)
  • java - but can be problematic
  • custom document extensions (eg PDF)
YesEasyYes IF those pages were saved in scrapbookProprietary catalog; regular HTML and content for each pageNo

Extra features:

  • Search across collections

See also "Detailed notes" section below.

Mozilla Archive FormatFirefox extensionImages, CSS and other static content; clientside-generated HTML content saved fineYesImpossibleNoMAFF (=ZIP of regular HTML and web content)Always
Read Later FastGoogle Chrome extensionStylesheets are saved incompletely or not at allNoN/ANoProprietary; restricted to Google Chrome profile locationNo
PageArchiverGoogle Chrome extensionVideo and audio files (via Flash or HTML5) are not savedYesYes (import/export features)NoOpen; regular HTML for pages, regular zip file for catalogYes for catalog

Details on specific software[edit]


Known issues:


To save video embedded on web sites (e.g. YouTube), Download Helper Firefox extension can be used, as well as others for Firefox as well as Chrome.

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