Elpher aims to provide a full-featured gopher client for GNU Emacs.
- intuitive keyboard and mouse-driven browsing,
- out-of-the-box compatibility with evil-mode,
- clickable web and gopher links in plain text,
- caching of visited sites,
- pleasant and configurable visualization of Gopher directories,
- direct visualisation of image files,
- jumping directly to links by name (with autocompletion),
- a simple bookmark management system,
- connections using TLS encryption.
Elpher is under active development. Any suggestions for improvements are welcome!
To install Elpher, enter the following:
M-x package-install RET elpher RET
To uninstall, use
M-x package-delete RET elpher RET.
Once installed, use
M-x elpher to launch the browser. This will
open a start page which documents the main key bindings and provides
some links to help kick start your exploration of gopherspace.
From here you can move point between links (which may be menu items or
inline URLs in text files) by using
as in Info. You can also jump directly to a menu item using
use the standard Emacs or Evil motion and search commands to find your
way around. To open a link, press enter. (Where a mouse is
available, Clicking on a link with the mouse cursor has the same
To return to the page you just followed the link from, press
Elpher caches (for the duration of an Emacs session) both page contents
and the position of point on each of the pages (gopher menus, query
results, or text pages) you visit, restoring these when you next visit
the same page. Thus, pressing
u displays the previous page in
exactly the same state as when you left, meaning that you can quickly
and visually explore the different documents in a menu without having to
wait for anything to reload.
Of course, sometimes you'll want to reload the current page
rather than stick with the cached version. To do this use
(This is particularly useful for search query results, where this
allows you to perform a different search.)
To customize the various faces Elpher uses, the start page and a few other odds and ends, use the following:
M-x customize-group RET elpher RET
The full documentation for Elpher can be found in the Info manual,
which should become automatically available if you install Elpher
M-x package-install. To access it, select it from the root
Info directory which can be displayed using
Elpher is free software and is distributed under the terms of version 3 the GNU General Public License, which can be found in the file named COPYING.