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Gopher

The Gopher protocol (Gopher) is a protocol designed for distributing, searching, and retrieving documents. Gopher provides the linking and labeling cababilities of HTTP, with the structured heirarchy of FTP. Gopher is typically accessed through a dedicated Gopher client; although it can also be acessed through TeleNet, or with a decreasing number of Browsers that understand the URI "gopher://". Below are addresses to various free public access Gopher servers, listed by country.
[IANA Port assignment = 70]



Addresses last verified Autumn 2009 - (more recent addresses might be found at "http://gopher.floodgap.com/gopher/gw?gopher.floodgap.com/1/world")


Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser Issues:

Recent versions of Internet Explorer have removed Gopher URL access ability. Internet Explorer users thru version 6 can access Gopher URLs by creating a Windows Registry Key as follows:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings] "EnableGopher" =dword: 00000001

(There is no fix for IE7 or higher)


An extensive repository of Gopher Protocol information can be found HERE, including software for Gopher Servers and Clients.