2023-02-19 23:56:08-05:00 - Using the Emacs Web Wowser to open URLs in Emacs
A couple of the computers I use have limited RAM (4 GiB), and Chrome and Firefox use up a lot of memory. So, sometimes I don't want to fire up an entire separate web browser, and since I'm almost always in Emacs anyway, I just use the Emacs Web Wowser, the web browser written in Emacs Lisp.
EWW, the Emacs Web Wowser
Here are the functions I use to switch Emacs to using EWW by default to open URLs:
(defun tkb-browse-url-eww (url &optional args) "Invoke the eww browser (inside emacs) on URL. It the optional second argument ARGS is true open in a new buffer." (message "args: %S" args) (eww url (and args 4))) (defun tkb-toggle-eww () (interactive) (cond ((eq browse-url-browser-function 'browse-url-default-browser) (message "Switching to EWW for opening URLs.") (setq browse-url-browser-function #'tkb-browse-url-eww)) (t (message "Switching to browser-url-default-browser for opening URLs.") (setq browse-url-browser-function #'browse-url-default-browser))))
You could do something similar using w3m.el, which uses the external text mode web browser w3m to render the HTML, but that doesn't (as far as I know) support images, and EWW does.