May 26, 2018

Converts HTML documents into plain text

html2text is a command line utility, written in C++, that converts HTML documents HTML 3.2 into plain text ISO 8859-1.

Each HTML document is loaded from a location indicated by an URI or read from standard input, and formatted into a stream of plain text characters that is written to standard output or into an output-file. The input-URI may specify a remote site, from that the documents are loaded with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol HTTP. The program is even able to preserve the original positions of table fields and accepts also syntactically incorrect input, attempting to interpret it “reasonably”. The rendering is largely customisable through an RC file.

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