QuickTip – Mirror a website locally

In between the regular Security Lessons, we’ll post quick tips or commentary from other authors that we find interesting, useful or relevant.

Here’s something you might like – HTTrack.  This easy to use tool allows you to “mirror”, or copy down an entire website to your local computer.  I’m sure you can see the value of having some of your favorite knowledge websites available offline during “unscheduled” internet outages.


Wirecutter recently posted about  a site, http://www.airnav.com, that has airport data for all airports…could be useful in future sporting events.  Thanks to HTTrack, and about a 15 hour mirror, I now have all that data locally.  The site mirror time depends on how big the site is.  I’ve ranged from 10 minutes to 15 hours.  It runs unattended once you kick it off, so no babysitting.

Get it here, HTTrack…description from the main page…

HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility.

It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.


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