Save Options

WebReaper recreates complete, browsable websites on your local hard disk. The links within the webpages will be adjusted where necessary so that the site will look identical to its internet equivalent when viewed offline with any broweser. However, pages and pictures will load instantly, and no internet connection is necessary to view the site.

Save Copies of Downloaded Files Locally

Toggles file saving on or off.


Specify a fully directory path into which the saved files should be put. Note that if the directory does not already exist, it will be automatically created during the download. To browse for an existing directory, press the "..." button.

Adjust HTML Links to allow local browsing

Checking this option will allow you to create complete working copies of websites on your local hard drive. The links within the pages will be adjusted to 'point' to the local equivalent of their internet target, and picture references will be updated to locate the local copies of any graphics.

As part of this process, a Shortcut will be created in the Save directory specified above which can be used to launch your default browser and start browsing the local site. This shortcut will correspond to the URL at the root of the download.

Resume local files which were partially downloaded

Check this to allow partially downloaded local files to be resumed. If the remote file hasn't changed since the time when the local file was downloaded, the file can be continued from where downloading stopped previously. For example, if a 4Mb zip file was stopped after just 2Mb, WebReaper can resume downloading without having to re-download the first 2Mb. For more information, see Resuming Previous Downloads.

Use Local File If Possible

This option is useful when completing a download which was started earlier. It forces WebReaper to skip the download of any file which exists locally - regardless of whether the remote file still exists or has changed. Local HTML files will be scanned for links and local binaries will be skipped. Bear in mind that files already downloaded will not be refreshed, so this could lead to inconsistencies within the locally saved site.

Save pages to Internet Explorer Cache

Normally, when WebReaper downloads pages it will save them to disk in a directory you specify; the sites won't be 'cached' by Internet Explorer. However, checking this option will cause IE to save the downloaded pages in its own page cache, meaning you can browse the pages in IE directly, as if you'd visited the page earlier in a normal 'online' browsing session.

Obviously, the IE cache takes up disk space, and if you are saving the contents of a website to another location on disk it may be preferable to avoid doing this. Checking this box will disable the caching by WebReaper (IE itself will be unaffected).

Strip HTML tags

Checking this option will cause all HTML tags to be removed from the file as it is saved to disk. This will render the local copy of the site 'unbrowsable', but may be useful for grabbing large chunks of textual information from the web.

Generate Full Paths

If this option is checked, WebReaper will use the path within an object's URL to save the file. For example, if the object is\images\screenshot.jpg, and the location directory is set to c:\windows\temp, then the file will be stored in c:\windows\temp\webreaper\images\screenshot.jpg. If this option is left unchecked, all reaped files will be put in the same single save directory. Note that in this situation, any files with the same name will be overwritten by the most-recently processed file.

File Types to Save

This is a list of internet resource types (the same list as on the filters tab). By checking/unchecking individual types, you can control which types of file to save locally, whilst reaping. For example, you may wish to crawl through many websites, saving 'zip' files onto your local machine. This would be useful for a site containing utilities to download. A good way to collect graphics from the web (for use on your web page?) is to select only JPEG files to be saved.

Save All Types

Checking this option is a quick way to force all files to be saved (useful when downloading entire websites). It will also force new (unseen) types to be saved.