The browser market has always been hot with some really great offerings. Even though the Google-owned ‘Chrome’ holds the biggest share in the browser market, some of us might find it a little unsafe since it is not open-source. Nevertheless, here we compile a list of the best open source web browsers for you.
Best Open Source Web Browsers
Currently, Firefox has the second largest market share and many operating systems like Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Manjaro Linux, Firefox OS use it as their default browser. So if you are using, the chances are that Firefox is already on your system.
So if you want a popular and open source Linux web browser, Chromium is a way to go.
Midori is a lightweight open-source browser that uses the GTK interface for its user interface. It is famous for consuming low resources and is hence comes with many lightweight systems including WattOS, Bodhi Linux, and SliTaz. Midori is a part of the XFCE desktop environment and comes as a default browser in Elementary OS.
The browser is extremely fast and has very less number of plugins available for it. It is available for Windows and Linux.
Waterfox, true to its name is based on Firefox and is made especially for 64-bit Operating Systems. Waterfox came out in 2011 and is active since then. Waterfox has continued to support XUL and XPCOM add-on capability that Firefox had removed in version 57. This web browser is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and has been downloaded over 6 MIllion times.
QupZilla created by David Rosca is an open source web browser that uses the Qt WebEngine. The browser is known for giving a very native look and feel. Written in C++ the browser is available for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, Haiku and Microsoft Windows. QupZilla offers features like screenshots, Integration of history, web feeds and bookmarks in one place and offers a speed dial like opera. It is lightweight and consumes fewer resources than most major web browsers.
Along with a browser, The SeaMonkey suite has its own email client, news client and it also has an HTML editor.
So these were my picks for the best open source web browsers. If I missed any of your favorites, do let me know in the comment section below.
I have had real problems finding a browser that will work on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) Ubuntu 18.04 . This is not REAL Linux. Microsoft does not support “X” apps in a bash window, but it is possible using an “X” Server such as XMing. I have found that most browsers require GTK 1.3 which is not available on WSL Ubuntu. I have tried ’em all: firefox, opera, chromium- browser, palemoon, hv3, dooble, konqueror … .
Yes I can use a Windows browser launched from Linux but I want a ‘native’ Linux one.
Firefox works kinda but when (not if) it crashes you cannot re-use the same profile when you restart it! And so you lose your open tabs. I won’t go into the details but here are the only 2 that work at all reliably:
1. Arora: not supported since 2010) SLOW) video?) <=okay
2. Epiphany aka GNOME Web: video no) download yes) <=best
And so my primary Linux browser is now Epiphany. When I absolutely need video, I fire up firefox.