The WebbIE software programs are programs that make it easier for blind and visually-impaired people, especially using screen readers, to browse the web, get the latest news, listen to podcasts and radio stations and other common tasks. They work with any screen reader, including JAWS, WindowEyes, Thunder, NVDA and Narrator. They have been provided completely free since 2001 by Dr. Alasdair King.
There are many programs: you can download them individually or as a single bundle. You can get the older Version 3 WebbIE (2003 - 2012) or the newer Version 4 WebbIE (from 2013 onwards.) Version 4 WebbIE requires the .Net Client 4 Runtime: just install the bundle and this will be sorted for you. (Why two versions? See New WebbIE Development.)
WebbIE 4 Applications Setup
Installs all of the WebbIE 4 programs: the WebbIE Web Browser, PDF Reader, RSS News Reader, Clock, Calendar, Podcatcher, BBC iPlayer Radio and TV programs, and BBC Live Radio. Requires .Net Client version 4, all included with the installer. We recommend this installation of the latest software.
WebbIE 3 Applications Setup
Installs all of the WebbIE 3 programs: the WebbIE Web Browser, PDF Reader, RSS News Reader, Clock, Calendar, Podcatcher, BBC iPlayer Radio and TV programs, BBC Live Radio, Gutenberg Library, and Internet Radio Tuner. Try this version if you have problems with Version 4 (but do tell us of any problems as well).
WebbIE 4 Web Browser
WebbIE lets you browse web pages, search the web, fill in forms, do ecommerce, and use online email, all in a highly-usable text-only display that works with any screenreader. Read More about WebbIE 4. Run WebbIE 4 installer now.
PDF Reader 3
This simple application opens PDF files as plain text. This makes it easy to read them with a screenreader. You can also save files as text documents so you can read them easily later. Read More about PDF Reader. Download PDF Reader installer now.
BBC iPlayer Radio 8
This application lets you play BBC Radio programmes from the last seven days that they make available through the iPlayer website. It's designed to be very simple to use for screenreader users: you can select and start a programme easily. Read More about BBC iPlayer Radio. Run the BBC iPlayer Radio installer now.
BBC Live Radio 2
This simple application lets you listen to one of dozens of live BBC radio stations online with a couple of key presses. It's easy to use with any screenreader - much simpler than the BBC site. So you can enjoy listening to radio stations without lots of technical knowledge or difficulty. Read More about BBC Live Radio. Run the BBC Live Radio installer now.
RSS News Reader
Provides you with the latest news and items from your favourite online newspapers and websites in a simple, accessible format. No more trudging through big websites with hundreds of links. Go straight to the stories that want. Read More about RSS News Reader. Run the RSS News Reader installer now.
BBC iPlayer TV 7
Lists all the available BBC television programmes available through iPlayer, and lets you start and pause them easily with one keypress. Read More about BBC iPlayer TV 7. Run the BBC iPlayer TV 7 installer now.
WebbIE Accessible Program Pack
This contains Podcatcher, Calendar, and BBC iPlayer TV. These applications are all bundled together in one big installer, just like the whole of WebbIE used to be. Podcatcher lets you listen to podcasts from around the world. Calendar is a big, visible, simple speaking reminder tool. BBC iPlayer TV lets you start TV programs from the BBC site easily. Download WebbIE Accessible Program Pack now
WebbIE on a USB Stick
Some people like to run WebbIE off a USB stick. This works well with the older WebbIE 3 programs. Any machine with Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 should run the programs just fine. You do not have to be an administrator or install any software: normally you can just walk up to a machine and plug in the USB stick. You can also download the zip file, unzip it - you MUST unzip it! - and run the programs straight away. Your settings are saved to the program folder. Download WebbIE on a USB stick now.
Old WebbIE 3
You can still download and install the old WebbIE 3, which came with every WebbIE program above in one big package. Download the old WebbIE 3 installer now.