SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads websites from the Internet. It does this by copying the site's webpages, style sheets, images, backgrounds, and other files to your local hard drive, duplicating the site's directory structure. By default, SiteSucker "localizes" the files it downloads, allowing you to browse a site offline.

The SiteSucker window shows the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) being downloaded, the current status of the download, and the toolbar.


To start downloading a site:

  1. Enter an Internet address into the URL text field.
  2. Press return and SiteSucker will go to work.

SiteSucker will download the resource from the web. If it's a webpage or style sheet, SiteSucker will scan the file for links and download the links. The status of the download appears in the lower section of the SiteSucker window. When SiteSucker exhausts all links, it will stop automatically. To stop the download manually, click the Stop button in the toolbar.

To open a file that you recently downloaded, use the Open File command in the File menu, click the File button in the toolbar, or choose an item in the Downloads menu. To open the destination folder, use the Open Destination Folder command in the File menu or click the Folder button in the toolbar. In the destination folder, you'll find log files and folders containing downloaded websites. These folders may also include a _downloads.html file. Whenever you start a download, a link to the first file downloaded is added to this file. If you open _downloads.html in a web browser, you can see your downloaded files by clicking on these links.

SiteSucker provides several convenient ways to enter an address to download. For example, you can choose a recently used URL from the History menu or a bookmark from the Bookmarks menu. You can also use the SiteSucker bookmarklet to send the URL of a page displayed in a web browser to SiteSucker.

To download multiple sites, you can open multiple SiteSucker windows or use the queue to download a series of sites within a window. To download a password protected site, SiteSucker provides a browser that allows you to log into the site before starting the download.

Each SiteSucker window represents a document. The number of simultaneous Internet connections for new SiteSucker documents is determined by a setting in the preferences. Each SiteSucker document has its own settings. The settings allow you to tailor the download by specifying the destination folder, logging options, file limits, allowed paths, allowed file types, etc.

When you save a document, SiteSucker saves all the information about a download, including the URL, the settings, and the queue. You can then use the document to perform the same download whenever you want. If SiteSucker is in the middle of a download when you choose the Save command, SiteSucker will pause the download and save its status with the document. Later, you can restart the download from where it left off by opening the document and pressing the Resume button in the toolbar.

Finally, SiteSucker allows you to transfer downloaded sites between your Macintosh and your iOS device using AirDrop, iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or iTunes File Sharing.