UNIX: Lynx Browser Set / Change the Default Home Page

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How do I change the default home page with Lynx browser under UNIX or Linux operating system? How do I set the startup page to http://google.co.uk with Lynx?

The default startup URL is set in the Lynx configuration file - /usr/local/lib/lynx.cfg (UNIX) or /etc/lynx-cur/lynx.cfg (Linux) . You can change it with the WWW_HOME shell variable. This variable, if set, will override the default startup URL specified in any of the Lynx configuration files.

If you are using KSH / SH / BASH Shell

Type the following command

 
WWW_HOME='http://google.co.uk'
export WWW_HOME
 

You may want to add the above lines to ~/.bash_profile or ~/.profile shell startup (initialization) file.

If you are using tcsh or csh Shell

Type the following command

 
setenv WWW_HOME http://google.co.uk
 

You may want to add the above lines to ~/.cshrc shell startup (initialization) file. Replace the URL http://google.co.uk with actual URL of the page you want. For example, to open a low graphics nixCraft website using Lynx, enter:

 
setenv WWW_HOME http://www.cyberciti.biz/low.html
lynx
 

Sample outputs:

Fig.01: The web page at which Lynx opens is changed to www.cyberciti.biz

Fig.01: The web page at which Lynx opens is changed to www.cyberciti.biz

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