Download text from website
Thread poster: Paul Sinfield

Paul Sinfield  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:48
French to English
Oct 16, 2009

Hi all

Does anyone know of any (preferably free!) tools out there for quickly downloading all text from a website? I have a translation job on and such a tool would really save time. I appreciate that the effectiveness of the tool may well depend on how the site is built but it's worth a go!

Many thanks



Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Offline browser Oct 16, 2009

Paul Sinfield wrote:
Does anyone know of any (preferably free!) tools out there for quickly downloading all text from a website?

The program you need is called an offline browser (for some weird reason). Google for "offline browser" to see a few of them. Here is one of them that I've used in the past:

Also see here:


Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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German to Dutch
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HTTrack Oct 16, 2009

Hi Paul,

HTTrack does what you want. You can download it for free at:

The eternal caveat is that the HTML pages you dowload can very well have been created on the fly. You can only calculate a quote and translate dynamic websites when you receive all necessary files from from the webmaster.



Paul Sinfield  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:48
French to English
Thanks all Oct 16, 2009

Many thanks for the suggestions. Will give it a try although I think the site has secured content as well which I doubt will download without full access. Guess I'll have to get on to the webmaster as you suggest.

Dankie / Bedankt



Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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English to Czech
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Ask the client Oct 16, 2009


You should ask your client for the source HTML files. That way there will be no misunderstanding as to what should be translated. Downloading the files could be considered an extra service, but there is a risk of missing something or maybe translating too much.

If you download the files yourself, have your client confirm that this is exactly what they want to be translated.



Michael Beijer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dutch to English
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I just found out about Omni-Crawler... Apr 25


Haven't tried it myself, but it's from the developer of Omni-Lookup (formerly known as Multifultor).



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