Render websites in plain text from your terminal
A CLI and an API to convert HTML into plain text. Can be used to fetch a site's HTML version and convert it into plain text, or to deliver plain text versions of your site dynamically.
You can also convert HTML into HTML, ignoring certain document elements, and starting at a root element other than
<html>. You can choose to take raw Markdown output as well, instead of the default terminal-formatted plain text.
Globally or locally.
npm install hget --save
npm install hget -g
The API exports a function that takes in HTML and returns a formatted plain text string. It uses colors and formatting provided by
var hget = ;var html = '<p>Hello <b>Nico</b>!</p>'; ;// <- 'Hello Nico!'
You can also pass in a few options.
The options are as follows.
rootsets the context root, it defaults to
'body'. Maybe you want to use
'main'or something akin to that.
ignorecan be a single selector or an array of selectors. Any elements that match the provided selectors will be removed from the document before rendering the terminal-printable output. Keep in mind that these selectors will be rooted in the
htmlmeans that you'll get HTML back, instead of the default human-readable terminal output
markdownmeans you'll get Markdown back, instead of the default human-readable terminal output
Easy and flexible to use!
cat file.html | hget
Ooh, the CLI also follows redirects.
hget ponyfoo.com/articles/last --root article --ignore footer,.mm-count,.at-meta
Also, the output will be paged using
$PAGER for convenience. You can turn this off using
It works well on most sites. Here's just the news links from EchoJS.
hget echojs.com --root #newslist --ignore "article>:not(h2)"