Free lightweight web browsers that may speed up your web navigation

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge, these are probably browsers the majority of you use. Indeed, these browsers are probably the best ones on the market right now, we can’t argue with that. However, as the industry is massive, there are a lot of lightweight, fast and minimal lesser-known options, that some users might consider using.

  • Brave icon


    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Brave is a free and open-source web browser based on the Small Chromium iconChromium web browser and its Blink engine, announced by the co-founder of the Mozilla Project and creator of Small JavaScript iconJavaScript, Brendan Eich. It blocks website trackers and removes intrusive Internet advertisements. The browser also improves online privacy by sharing less data with advertising customers. One of the selling points of Brave is that it uses its token (BAT, Basic Attention Token) to disrupt the current financial norms of online publishing. The company wants to reward users for browsing the web, while also helping to make advertising less intrusive and more relevant. In another important focus, it wants to use BAT to let readers reward content makers whose websites they visit.


  • Min browser icon

    Min browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Min Browser is a fast web browser that's designed with advanced features like built-in ad and tracker blocking, smart search and effortless tab management. The browser is written entirely with Small CSS iconCSS and Small JavaScript iconJavaScript using Electron framework and is fully open-source. It describes itself as “a smarter, faster web browser”.
    Min isn’t attempting to feature leap Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox or compete with Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome, and it’s the total opposite of “bells n’ whistle” browsers like Small Vivaldi Browser iconVivaldi Browser. While Min probably won’t become your default web-browser it’s ideally suited to focused, distraction-free web-based working.


  • Midori icon


    Free Windows Linux BSD Xfce Website

    Midori (?, Japanese for green) is a free and open-source light-weight web browser. It uses the WebKit rendering engine and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface. Midori is part of the Small Xfce iconXfce desktop environment's Goodies component and was developed to follow the Xfce principle of "making the most out of available resources". It is the default browser in the Small SliTaz iconSliTaz Linux distribution, Small Bodhi Linux iconBodhi Linux, Small Trisquel iconTrisquel Mini, old versions of Small Raspbian iconRaspbian, and Small WattOS iconWattOS in its R5 release. It was the default browser in Small elementary OS iconelementary OS Freya.


  • Firefox Focus icon

    Firefox Focus

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser didn’t quite make the leap from desktop to mobile, particularly on Small iOS iconiOS, but it’s back for a second try with Firefox Focus, a new browser which hopes to be iPhone and Small Android iconAndroid users’ go-to tool for private web surfing. The mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies. The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.


  • Lightning Browser icon

    Lightning Browser

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Lightning is a simple and fast Small Android iconAndroid web browser that focuses on design, security, and efficiency. It uses material design, doesn't track you, give you lots of options to protect your privacy. It gets out of the way of the user.


  • Otter Browser icon

    Otter Browser

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Haiku Website

    Otter Browser is a project aiming to recreate best aspects of classic Small Opera iconOpera (12.x) UI using Qt5. Its primary objective is to become a haven for power users that cannot stand what happened to Opera after ditching Presto engine. Otter will not be a monolithic browser, it is designed to be very modular, going so far that you could replace whole bookmarks manager or history viewer in the future.


  • Pale Moon icon

    Pale Moon

    Free Windows Linux Android Website

    Pale Moon is an open source, Goanna-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and customization. It offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own, independently developed source that has been forked off from Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox code a number of years ago, with carefully selected features and optimizations to improve the browser's stability and user experience, while offering full customization and a growing collection of extensions and themes to make the browser truly your own.


  • qutebrowser icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Small Python iconPython and Small PyQt iconPyQt 5 and free software, licensed under the GPL. It was inspired by other browsers/add-ons like Small dwb icondwb and Small Vimperator iconVimperator / Small Pentadactyl iconPentadactyl. Qutebrowser can be configured via the UI, the qutebrowser command-line or a Python script. Qutebrowser's own documentation explains in detail how to configure qutebrowser with these different methods.


  • uzbl icon


    Free Mac OS X Linux Website

    Uzbl is a free and open-source minimalist web browser designed for simplicity and adherence to the Unix philosophy. Development began in early 2009 and is still considered in alpha software by the developers. The core component of Uzbl is written in Small C (programming language) iconC (programming language), but other languages are also used most notably Small Python iconPython. All parts of the Uzbl project are released as free software under the GNU General Public License version 3. The name comes from the word usable, spelled in lol speak. Despite being in early stages of development, Uzbl has gained prominence as a minimalist browser.


  • Dillo icon


    Free Mac OS X Linux Xfce Website

    Dillo is a multi-platform graphical web browser written in Small C (programming language) iconC (programming language) and Small C++ iconC++ known for its speed and small footprint. Based on Small FLTK iconFLTK, the Fast Light Toolkit (statically-linked by default!), it is free software made available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3). Dillo strives to be friendly both to users and developers and helps web authors to comply with web standards by using the bug meter.


  • NetSurf icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Haiku ... AmigaOS Xfce Website

    NetSurf is a multi-platform web browser for RISC OS, UNIX-like platforms (including Linux), Small macOS iconmacOS, and more. Whether you want to check your webmail, read the news or post to discussion forums, NetSurf is your lightweight gateway to the world wide web. Actively developed, NetSurf is continually evolving and improving. Written in C, this award-winning open source project features its own layout engine. It is licensed under GPL version 2.


  • Lynx icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Xfce Website

    Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) browser for users on Unix, VMS, and other platforms running cursor-addressable, character-cell terminals or emulators. That includes vt100 terminals, other character-cell displays, and vt100 emulators such as Kermit or Procomm running on PCs or Macs. As of May 2017, it is the oldest web browser still in general use and active development, having started in 1992.


  • Links icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Xfce Website

    Links is an open-source web browser running in both graphics and text mode with a pull-down menu system. It renders complex pages, has partial Small HTML iconHTML 4.0 support (including tables and frames and support for multiple character sets such as UTF-8), supports color and monochrome terminals and allows horizontal scrolling. It is intended for users who want to retain many typical elements of graphical user interfaces (pop up windows, menus etc.) in a text-only environment.


  • ELinks icon


    Free Linux Website

    ELinks is a very light and fast text-based web browser with many features. Based on Small Links iconLinks, it supports tabbed navigation with the mouse, bookmarks, cookies and cached pages, drop-down menus and text fields. There is even additional support for images and PDF files.


  • Polarity Browser icon

    Polarity Browser

    Free Windows Android Android Tablet Website

    Polarity is a dual-engine web browser that is powered by both Small Chromium iconChromium and the Small Internet Explorer iconInternet Explorer Trident engine that focuses on system efficiency by bringing low RAM and low CPU usage. The browser, available for all versions of the Windows operating system starting with Small Windows XP iconWindows XP and Small Android iconAndroid, ships with an impressive set of features of which several are usually only available as browser extensions. Polarity also comes with a built in password manager which safely encrypts all data to prevent theft, a built in adblocker and privacy tools such as proxy/VPN support and header masking to prevent further tracking online.


This concludes our list of the best lightweight and fast web browsers. As you can see, each one of these programs has something unique to offer, and is definitely worth your attention. We know you'll probably continue using your current web browser even after reading this article, but you can at least think about giving some of these tools a try.
In fact, if you’re using an older computer, using a less-known web browser is actually recommended, because it can save you precious megabytes of memory and CPU usage.
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