Mac Lynx is a MacOS implementation of the Lynx text-based Web browser. It supports everything you can expect from a modern browser: frames, forms, cookies, proxies...

MacLynx also takes advantage of specific MacOS tools: Internet Config, mouse clicking on links, pull-down menus, file requesters, drag&drop, Speech Manager, external applications...

Current version

MacLynx's current version is 2.7.1 beta 5. As MacLynx is a port of a Unix software package, some points of the MacOS interface are still quite rough, but this will improve over time.

This version no longer has PowerPC native code, but will still run on Power Macs.

MacLynx beta 5 needs System 7 or later (7.5 required for some features), and MacTCP or OpenTransport. It is compatible with A/UX 3.x.


Please check the downloads page.

Earlier versions of MacLynx were localized in French. See the French MacLynx page. They are no longer updated.

Special Thanks

Cameron Kaiser, the current maintainer, wishes to thank Olivier Gutknecht and those who write meaningful, non-asinine bug reports without expecting any fix in any timeframe.

Olivier Gutknecht, the former maintainer, says:

95% of the merit of MacLynx goes to the Lynx Development Team. MacLynx is a port. Some points of the DOS/Windows port by Wayne Buttles have been a great help to remove some unixisms.

Thanks to Matthias Neeracher, for the GUSI library, and to Larry Gensch and Robert Zimmerman, for curses code.

You should also thank Franck Brunel, who just kept sayin' "Is there anybody out there to develop a MacOS Lynx ?"

And big thanks to the alpha-testers, especially Jay Farrell, and to the fr.comp.sys.mac Usenet group for advice & support.


Send comments to Cameron Kaiser. Do not send bug reports about the current version to Olivier, if the E-mail address below even works anymore. I've kept it here for history.

Feel free to e-mail me your comments, bug-reports, flames, ideas about this MacOS version. Or just if you find MacLynx cool or useful. And if you really want to send me a postcard of your town...

I also read the comp.sys.mac.comm and comp.infosystems.www.browsers.mac Usenet groups.

Comments specific to the HTML rendering should be addressed to the Lynx-Dev mailing list, as MacLynx kernel is a direct port of the original Lynx 2.7.1 package.

Happy (?) beta-testing,


Olivier Gutknecht

1, rue Charles Didion
34000 Montpellier  -   France