Load a URL into a Web browser.
The Browse-URL package allows you to easily follow URLs from within
Emacs. Most URLs are followed by invoking a web browser;
‘mailto:’ URLs are followed by invoking the
Emacs command to send mail to the specified address (see Sending Mail).
The command M-x browse-url prompts for a URL, and follows it.
If point is located near a plausible URL, that URL is offered as the
default. The Browse-URL package also provides other commands which
you might like to bind to keys, such as
You can customize Browse-URL’s behavior via various options in the
browse-url Customize group. In particular, the option
browse-url-mailto-function lets you define how to follow
‘mailto:’ URLs, while
specifies your default browser.
You can define that certain URLs are browsed with other functions by
browse-url-handlers, an alist of regular
expressions or predicates paired with functions to browse matching
For more information, view the package commentary by typing C-h P browse-url RET.
Emacs also has a minor mode that has some support for handling
URLs as if they were files.
url-handler-mode is a
global minor mode that affects most of the Emacs commands and
primitives that deal with file names. After switching on this mode,
you can say, for instance, C-x C-f https://www.gnu.org/ RET to
see the HTML for that web page, and you can then edit it and
save it to a local file, for instance.