Recommended Libraries and Programs

To make use of many of ELinks features you will need to have some external libraries and utility programs installed on your system. It is recommended to have the following libraries and programs installed:

Dependency Description
Lua or Guile Makes it possible to write scripting plugins. See the Elinks - Lua interface for more info.
zlib or later For handling gzip or deflate compressed documents both locally and sent from server.
bzip2 Likewise, for bzip2 compressed documents.
LZMA Utils Likewise, for LZMA compressed documents. Version 4.32.5 should work. XZ Utils does not work.
OpenSSL or GNU TLS For handling secure HTTP browsing.
pkg-config Needed for locating some libraries (at least GNU TLS and TRE)
GPM General Purpose Mouse for mouse support.
expat XML Parser Toolkit needed for XBEL support.
TRE For regexp searching. Version 0.7.5 works.
libsmbclient Library needed for smb:// protocol support.
rxvt-unicode For terminal emulator which supports 88 colors.
xterm with 256 colors Program atleast patch level 179 or rxvt program from version 2.7.9 for support of 256 colors. Newer PuTTY also has 256 color support.
libidn For internationalized domain names.
SpiderMonkey Mozilla's JavaScript engine for getting JavaScript/ECMAScript support in ELinks. See also notes on ECMAScript support.

When compiling, you also need the header files for the libraries. Most OS distributors put a given library's headers in a package separate from the library itself; this package usually has -dev or similar appended to its name.