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w3m running in an xterm displaying the WorldHeritage main page.
Developer(s) Akinori Ito and team members
Initial release 1995
Stable release 0.5.3[1] (15 January 2011 (2011-01-15))
Preview release none (n/a)
Written in C
Operating system OS/2,[2][3] Unix, Windows (with Cygwin)
Available in ?
Type Web browser
License MIT license

w3m is a free software/open source text-based web browser. It has support for tables, frames,[3] SSL connections, color and inline images on suitable terminals. Generally, it renders pages in a form as true to their original layout as possible.

The name "w3m" stands for "WWW wo miru (WWWを見る)", which is Japanese for "to see the WWW" where W3 is a numeronym of WWW.

In Emacs

w3m is also used by the Emacs text editor via the w3m.el Emacs Lisp module. This module gives fast browsing of web pages inside of Emacs. However, rendering of web pages isn't done in Emacs Lisp; only final display is handled in Emacs Lisp with the rendering done by the w3m application. (There exist other web browsers for Emacs, such as Emacs/W3, which is implemented entirely in Emacs Lisp, and EWW,[4] which performs parsing using an external library written in C but all formatting and display in Emacs Lisp.)


Two forks of w3m add support for multiple character-encodings and for other features not in the original:

  1. Hironori Sakamoto's w3m-m17n ("m17n" stands for multilingualization)
  2. Kiyokazu Suto's w3mmee ("mee" stands for "Multi-Encoding Extension")


  1. ^ "w3m: Files".  
  2. ^ TOKORO, Kyosuke. "w3m 0.2.1–3 for OS/2 WARP". Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Watson, Dave (September 2001). "Text-Mode Web Browsers for OS/2". The Southern California OS/2 User Group. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  4. ^

External links

  • w3m official website
  • w3mmee official website
  • old w3m site
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