JoBo is a simple program to download complete websites to your local computer. Internally it is basically a web spider. The main advantage to other download tools is that it can automatically fill out forms (e.g. for automated login) and also use cookies for session handling. Compared to other products the GUI seems to be very simple, but the internal features matters ! Do you know any download tool that allows it to login to a web server and download content if that server uses a web forms for login and cookies for session handling ? It also features very flexible rules to limit downloads by URL, size and/or MIME type.

For programmers it features a very flexible object model and is easily expandable - expect new modules in the future ! It is implemented in Java and the source code is available. If you want to implement your own web spider, the WebRobot class will be a good starting point. Even if you don't want to use it as a download tool but for indexing, link checking or whatever you want, JoBo is the right tool. Retrieving documents and handling these documents are completely seperated - therefore you can plug in your own module easily.


Licence: GPL