HELP - (To view help for download wizard click here)

Usage Notes:

  1. To download a site you need the full URL e.g.
  2. Files can be downloaded in three different ways (via the options dialog).
    1. Keep the same directory structure as the web site you are downloading from.
      e.g. will be saved to www_example_com\images\test.gif on your hard drive.
    2. Save to a directory with the domain name. To make sure that Web Excavator does not overwrite previously saved files, the directory structure is prepended to the file name.
      e.g. will be saved as www_example_com\images_test.gif on your hard drive.
    3. Don't save in any sub-directories.
      e.g. will be saved as www_example_com_images_test.gif on your hard drive.
  3. You can download any file types that you wish. On the options dialog, add the file extensions to the download file types field separated by a semi-colon e.g .jpg;.mpg;.avi;.wmv;
    If you want to download all files just enter a period (.). To not include a file type, put an exclamation (!) in front of the type
    e.g. !.exe;!.zip;. downloads all files except exes and zips. Note that there has to be a period at the end.
  4. Use 'Excavate All Linked Pages' with caution as you may follow a link to a site with illegal content. You use this program at your own risk and we take no responsibility for the content of any site that is visited or downloaded from.
  5. When Web Excavator is minimized it appears as an icon in the system tray. To restore it, just double click on this icon.
  6. Web Excavator is shareware. You can use this software free of charge for 30 days, if after this time you want to continue using it, please make a one-time payment of only $14.95. Thank you.

Main Window



  1. Files
      Directories To Search
    • Pause: Pause downloading files. Select again to unpause.
    • Pause After Downloads Stops processing URLs and when the download queue pauses Web Excavator.
    • Empty 'To Download' List: Removes all the files in the 'To Download' list.
    • Stop Adding to 'Links To Excavate': Stop adding new sites to the 'Links To Excavate' list.
    • Stop Adding To URL History: Stop adding sites scanned to URL history.
    • Erase URL History: Delete history of all URLs that I have previously scanned.
    • Load: Load previously saved state list.
    • Load As: Pick previously saved state file.
    • Save: Save state lists to Save.dat.
    • Save As: Save state lists to a backup file.
    • Save And Exit: Saves the state lists and exits after current downloads are completed.
    • Exit After This Download: Exits the program when the current download have completed.
    • Exit: Quits the program.
  2. View
  3. Options
    • Options: Opens the options dialog.
    • Advanced: Opens the advanced options dialog.
    • Directories To Search: Directories to search in to see if a file has already been downloaded (besides the main download directory).
    • Load Options As: Load previously backed up Options.
    • Save Options As Backup current Options.
  4. Find Duplicates: Opens a dialog where you can search for duplicate files on your hard drive.
  5. Wizard: Opens a wizard system that helps you use the application.
  6. Register: Opens the Register dialog where you can enter your registration key.
  7. Help
    • Help: Opens the read me file.
    • Check For Updates: Looks for an update and if it finds one downloads it.
    • About: Information about this software.


Advanced Options

Find Duplicate Files

Download Directories

To Download Web sites

To download an entire web site, click on the options button and put ‘.’ in the Download file types options field (no quotes). To not include any files types (e.g. .exe's) put these before the ‘.’ with a ‘!’ in front of it separated by a ‘;’. So to download an entire web site except .exe and .zip files you would enter:
Also on the options page, you will probably want to check ‘Keep Web Site Directory Structure’.

Note that if you just enter a web site name like, the front page will be saved as index.html.