You can open a URL or search the web with the command M-x eww.
If the input doesn’t look like a URL or domain name the web will be
eww-search-prefix. The default search engine is
DuckDuckGo. If you want to open a file
either prefix the file name with
file:// or use the command
If you invoke
eww with a prefix argument, as in C-u M-x eww, it will create a new EWW buffer instead of reusing the
default one, which is normally called *eww*.
If loading the URL was successful the buffer *eww* is opened
and the web page is rendered in it. You can leave EWW by pressing
q or exit the browser by calling eww-quit. To reload the
web page hit g (
Pressing w when point is on a link will call
shr-maybe-probe-and-copy-url, which copies this link’s
URL to the kill ring. If point is not on a link, pressing
eww-copy-page-url, which will copy the current
page’s URL to the kill ring instead.
The M-RET command (
eww-open-in-new-buffer) opens the
URL at point in a new EWW buffer, akin to opening a link in a new
“tab” in other browsers. When
enabled, this buffer is displayed in the tab on the window tab line.
tab-bar-mode is enabled, a new tab is created on the frame
The R command (
eww-readable) will attempt to determine
which part of the document contains the “readable” text, and will
only display this part. This usually gets rid of menus and the like.
The F command (
eww-toggle-fonts) toggles whether to use
variable-pitch fonts or not. This sets the
The M-C command (
eww-toggle-colors) toggles whether to use
HTML-specified colors or not. This sets the
A URL can be downloaded with d (
will download the link under point if there is one, or else the URL of
the current page. The file will be written to the directory specified
eww-download-directory (default: ~/Downloads/).
EWW remembers the URLs you have visited to allow you to go back and
forth between them. By pressing l (
eww-back-url) you go
to the previous URL. You can go forward again with r
eww-forward-url). If you want an overview of your browsing
history press H (
eww-list-histories) to open the history
buffer *eww history*. The history is lost when EWW is quit.
If you want to remember websites you can use bookmarks.
Along with the URLs visited, EWW also remembers both the rendered
page (as it appears in the buffer) and its source. This can take a
considerable amount of memory, so EWW discards the history entries to
keep their number within a set limit, as specified by
eww-history-limit; the default being 50. This variable could
also be set to
nil to allow for the history list to grow
PDFs are viewed inline, by default, with
this can be customized by using the mailcap (see mailcap in Emacs MIME Manual)
mechanism, in particular
EWW allows you to bookmark URLs. Simply hit b
eww-add-bookmark) to store a bookmark for the current website.
You can view stored bookmarks with B
eww-list-bookmarks). This will open the bookmark buffer
To get summary of currently opened EWW buffers, press S
eww-list-buffers). The *eww buffers* buffer allows you
to quickly kill, flip through and switch to specific EWW buffer. To
switch EWW buffers through a minibuffer prompt, press s
Although EWW and shr.el do their best to render webpages in GNU
Emacs some websites use features which can not be properly represented
viewing a website with EWW then hit &
eww-browse-with-external-browser) inside the EWW buffer to
open the website in the external browser specified by
browse-url-secondary-browser-function. Some content types,
such as video or audio content, do not make sense to display in GNU
Emacs at all. You can tell EWW to open specific content automatically
in an external browser by customizing