I was hoping to know if there are different ways of refreshing a website 'www.mywebsite.com'

Midori is the most favoured as you can do the following from the terminal:

midori -a http://www.mywebsite.com/ -i 120 -e Fullscreen

This will open midori to open www.mywebsite.com and refresh at every 120 seconds (= 2 minutes).

There is also the option of writing a bash script, in which the code 'simulates' as if the F5 (aka refresh key) is being pressed :


DISPLAY=:0 xdotool search --name ci-monitor windowactivate --sync key F5 >> ~/log/tmp.log 2>&1

and calling it from the crontab. The frequency can be altered/set via the crontab.

Q: Is there any other way of auto refreshing at set intervals?

  • Have you looked at luakit? You can fully script this browser - I use it for kids' programming classes to avoid them going to all sorts of unwanted webpages, but I'm sure you could script it to do autorefresh .. plus it runs a lot faster than midori.
    – Phil B.
    May 19 '15 at 2:18

How about in the code of your website?

If you put the following in the HEAD section of your page, it will auto-refresh every three seconds:

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="3" >

There are other methods available to accomplish the same thing, ranging from JavaScript and other client-side applications to server-side code.

Can you be more specific as to what you are attempting to accomplish? Also, I am not sure this question belongs in this area any more if we get into browser refreshing...

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