read-links: Links Browser interface

read-linksR Documentation

Links Browser interface


Uses the Links Text Browser to read a web page.


read.links(url, intern = TRUE, bin = NULL, pipe = FALSE, ...)



a character string specifying the URL of the web page.


a logical which indicates whether to make the output of the command an R object.


a string with the path of your lynx binary or NULL if lynx binary is available in the operating system path.


a logical which indicates whether the result should be returned as a pipe() commmand.


optional arguments passed to links binary.


the downloaded text.


Diethelm Wuertz, Yohan Chalabi, and Andrew Ellis, (2010); Financial Market Data for R/Rmetrics, Rmetrics eBook, Rmetrics Association and Finance Online, Zurich,

See Also

Alternative text browser functions are the Rmetrics functions read.lynx and read.w3m.

To download xls and xlsx spread sheets use the functions gdata::read.xls and xlsx::read.xlsx from the contributed packages gdata and xlsx, respectively.

To download text files line by line use the Rmetrics function read.lines which wraps the function readLines from R's base evironment.

To postprocess downloaded files use the Rmetrics functions indexGrep, dataSplit, charvecSplit, and stringSplit.

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