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[How To] Opening and Reading CHM [Compiled HTML Files] In Linux

In my stash of ebooks, quite a few of them are in chm (compiled HTML) file format. Being HTML files I though they’d open in Mozilla Firefox browser. Unfortunately that didn’t work, so I started looking for CHM viewers. I didn’t have to look far, a quick search on Google gave me couple of programs.

  1. KChmViewer: Since I’m a KDE user I tried out this application – and it works fantastic. Really nice, and neat. Download it from http://www.kchmviewer.net/ or just search for it from your Package Manager. The latest version adds KDE4 support as well, though its still in beta
    KChmViewer
  2. Gnochm: If you’re a Gnome fan, you can try out Gnochm as well. Download Gnochm from here.
    A screenshot: Gnochm
Note: Both screenshots were taken from their respective sites. I haven’t tried Gnochm, so I can’t comment on how well it performs, KChmViewer is really good!
If you want to convert the chm file to standard HTML files, then you can try out Archmarge

5 Comments

  1. I prefer to convert the CHM files to HTML- particularly useful when you need to share the files with someone else.

    For those using Aptitude:

    sudo apt-get install libchm-bin
    (To install the CHM library)

    extract_chmLib
    (To convert a particular file)

    I think this command can be used recursively for multiple files with some command-line-fu, but I’m not quite there yet;-)

  2. @Manish, Aditya @Kapil: Thanks for the input guys

    @Aditya I believe Archmage is a front-end for libchm

    @Kapil: Regarding the monetizing thing, I’m no expert but 50 unique visits isn’t sufficient. Try to build up more visits and viewers and then maybe you can consider it

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