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Preserving Web Sites using WinHTTrack

How to use WinHTTrack to create dehydrated, navigable, offline copies of web sites.

Step 5: Accessing your Offline Content

Step 5: Accessing your Offline Content

If you want to access your offline content after the program has closed you can navigate to the location on your hard drive you specified earlier in the process.  Select the folder named after your Project title.  Once you do you should see several different folders and assets, depending on the site, but focus on the HTML document index.

Archive Folder

Figure 11 Archive Folder

                The Index HTML will take you to an offline web page with a list of your projects, which at the moment includes just the test project.  If you click the link you should be taken to the home page of your website.  Additionally, the folder titled after the website domain will include all the individual assets you previously specified and individual html files for the web pages.  This is one way to navigate and access individual pieces of content and view metadata.  However if you click on any of the html pages you will be taken to your default browser like thus:

Completed Website

Figure 12 Completed Website

                Note that the URL has changed to indicate the page is being accessed from your computer rather than the web. 

 

Congratulations! You can now navigate your web site as if was online, with full functionality.

Note-- Private and sensitive information is stored in the folder hts-cache.  If you intend to make your scrape publicly available, remove hts-cache.

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