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7 Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Many times, it happens that, the client likes some existing site and he asks his developer to make a replica of that site OR he wants almost the same. Developer notes down the exact requirement and gets started with programming. Often, they opt for one of two ways.

  1. Start the coding right away.
  2. Save all the webpages to local drive and make changes in it.

First option needs a lot of hard-work compare to the second option. Plus, It will surely take more time than the second one. Whereas the second option is quite a smart way to complete the site. But still, it’s not smartest one. I also used to go with 2nd option until I come across following concept i.e

Website Copier || Website Downloader

Website copier or Website Downloader means nothing but the software’s to copy/download websites to the local drive. Such software is very easy to use and saves a lot of time. It reduces the developer’s headaches by up to 90%. Once the site is downloaded or copied, the developer just needs to replace the data, images, filenames, and links. That’s it..!!!

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7 Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

1. Offline Explorer

It’s my personal favorite downloader. It is powerful and full of features. The more important thing to like this product is, it is very user friendly. Anyone can get started easily and understand its functionality.

You can set download priority for selected file types. Plus, you can manage multiple sites. If you can see “example” word in a red box on the left-hand side, there will be a list of sites to work with. Can control the speed of download. Can stop the download at a certain size like 100 MB.

Offline Explorer – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– great user interface
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between
– download up to 500 files simultaneously
– schedule download

Cons
– download limited files
– not free

 

2. Website Ripper Copier

Website Ripper Copier is just like Offline Professional. It also has all the powerful features. It asks you to set exploring level, file type & size, the destination location, priority, etc. The only difference is, it asks you for such a setting for every single download. It’s kind of go through the process.

But, this software by default set to append “.htm” extension to PHP files. You cant run PHP files with htm extension. So, the user must need to change the setting before starting the project.

Goto to Edit->Options->Default Project Configuration->Mirroring. Deselect checkbox which says “Append .htm to page files where necessary”. Click OK. You are good to download.

Website Ripper Copier – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between

Cons
– download limited files
– not free

 

3. Website Extractor

You can use this software to surf any website online as well as offline. It too covers all the basic features like start/stop download, schedule download, file types & size, etc. It has added features that, you can select the country from where you would like to download the site. It’s very much alike Offline Explorer.

Once the site is downloaded, you can check it online or offline as you would like to check. It provides a trial version for a particular time period. So, you can check its functionality and go for a pro version if you want.

Website Extractor – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– great user interface
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between
– schedule download

Cons
– download limited files
– not free

 

4. SurfOffline Professional

SurfOffline provides basic functionality. It is not like the above two software. And so, it is lightweight compare to other software. Its user interface is not user friendly. Users will have to find options like offline/online mode to visit sites. It must present on the top toolbar.

Surfoffline Pro – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– captures the original site’s link structure
– fast download
– professional version available
– include internal browser
– can pause the process in between

Cons
– download limited files
– absence of download schedule
– not free

 

5. SiteSucker

This software is particularly developed for Macintosh users. Once you hit the download button, it automatically downloads all the resources, files in respective folders just like the rest of the software. You can check the downloaded history with SiteSucker.

Site Sucker – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– fast download
– can pause, stop download in between
– can save the download process as a document, so you can use it next time without any efforts
– maintain the original folder structure

Cons
– download limited files

 

6. Darcy Ripper

Darcy Ripper is different when it comes to installation. You don’t need to install it like other s/w’s. It provides a zip file. You just need to download that zip folder and unzip it. It contains a jar file. Double click on the executable jar file and you are good to go. Its the biggest file compare to others.

It contains basic features like start/stop process and basic setting like save path, etc. The user interface is easy but not compare to others.

Darcy Ripper – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pros
– fast download
– free
– can pause, stop download in between
– maintain the original folder structure

Cons
– download limited files
– no browser (internal/external)
– absence of download schedule

 

7. HTTrack

HTTrack is useful to download sites based on HTML files only. If you go for sites based on PHP files, it will download them but it converts all PHP files into HTML. It has lots of drawbacks. Yet, you might think, why I mentioned this site..?

Despite these drawbacks, a lot of people use this site. It ranks under 8900 as per Alexa ranking as of today. It’s quite a good ranking. So, I thought, user, must know such a site.

Httrack Website Copier – Best Website Copier or Website Downloader

Pro
– captures the original site’s link structure
– compatible with Windows 2000 through Windows 10
– downloads more files than other software’s
– free

Cons
– download very slowly compared to rest of the software’s
– sometimes, it renames the file
– converts PHP files into HTML
– suitable only for HTML based sites. Do not use it for PHP based sites
– can not pause the process in between

 

Conclusion

All the above software works in the same manner with fewer or more features. If you go deep, nobody needs “download scheduler” or “restrict file size” or “speed control of download”,  etc. These are added features that differ from each other.

I will prefer Offline Explorer as it is user friendly and very powerful. It functions properly. You can make a choice according to your requirement. All are best. Top 3 are much more useful. Just have 1-2 feature issues which does not matter that much.

But, I would like to bring HTTrack into focus once again. Even its not as powerful as others, still, it is used by thousands of users. I guess, its light structure makes it more popular. Developers are always in a hurry. HTTrack led them in only one direction and provide the desired output. And so, all like it.

There are lots of other software available in the market to copy websites. I tried 10, out of which I find these 7 more helpful. So, I mentioned these seven. Your list might be different than mine. So, You can always suggest to me if you know more powerful and useful software than these seven.

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5 comments

  1. Oooh thanks. I really appreciate the list. I believe offline explorer can do all what I want.

  2. The default settings of HTTrack are slow but they can be adjusted really easily using Mirror Options. I got 8 simultaneous connections with up to 5MBytes/s on each! Also, I found it’s the easiest to use out of all of these and it’s free. The wizard sets up the project for you, and the defaults are all sensible (except the download speeds).

  3. Thanks a lot for all of this.May Allah bless u

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