Introduction to W3m

w3m is primarily a pager but it can also be used as a text-mode WWW browser.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

W3m Dependencies




GPM-1.20.7, imlib2-1.5.1, GTK+-2.24.32, Imlib (not recommended: obsolete, abandoned upstream, buggy, and gives no additional functionality as compared to other image loading libraries), gdk-pixbuf-2.36.12, Compface-1.5.2, and nkf, a Mail User Agent, and an External Browser

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/W3M

Installation of W3m

Install w3m by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../w3m-0.5.3-bdwgc72-1.patch      &&
sed -i 's/file_handle/file_foo/' istream.{c,h}  &&
sed -i 's#gdk-pixbuf-xlib-2.0#& x11#' configure &&
sed -i '/USE_EGD/s/define/undef/' config.h.in   &&

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc  &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m644 -D doc/keymap.default /etc/w3m/keymap &&
install -v -m644    doc/menu.default /etc/w3m/menu &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/w3m-0.5.3 &&
install -v -m644    doc/{HISTORY,READ*,keymap.*,menu.*,*.html} \

Command Explanations

patch -p1 < ../w3m-0.5.3-bdwgc72-1.patch: This patch fixes compiling w3m with GC-7.2 installed.

sed -i 's/file_handle/file_foo/' istream.{c,h}: This sed renames the file_handle function to avoid a clash with a glibc function that has the same name, defined in /usr/include/bits/fcntl.h.

sed -i 's#gdk-pixbuf-xlib-2.0#& x11#' configure: This sed fixes compiling w3m using GTK+-2.24.32 as its image library. It has no impact if GTK+-2.24.32 is not installed.

sed -i '/USE_EGD/s/define/undef/' config.h.in: Allows building against openssl-1.1.

--sysconfdir=/etc: This option puts the configuration files in /etc.

Configuring W3m

Config Files

/etc/w3m/* and ~/.w3m/*


Installed Programs: w3m and w3mman
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/libexec/w3m, /usr/share/w3m, and /usr/share/doc/w3m-0.5.3

Short Descriptions


is a text based web browser and pager.


is an interface to the on-line reference manuals in w3m.

Last updated on 2018-08-25 21:43:33 -0700