Alternative Browsers

These are browsers that are not based on Chrome/Chromium. Brave, Iridium, and UnGoogled Chromium are not real alternatives since they are all dependent on Google.


  • Gecko-based Browsers

    These browsers use Gecko (Firefox's browser engine). Firefox should not be included because they are controlled opposition and get all their money from Google (who pays them to use their search engine).

  • GNU IceCat

    Free Windows Linux Android Website

    Gnuzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the principal source code from the Mozilla project is free software, the distribution contains various problematic files, the EULA they require for use of their binaries is troublesome, and they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins. In addition, GNU IceCat includes some privacy protection features, included in a separate addon.

     

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  • LibreWolf

    Free Mac Windows Linux Linux Mint Arch Linux ... Gentoo Linux Ubuntu Debian Website

    LibreWolf, the community-maintained fork of Librefox: a privacy and security-focused browser.

     

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  • Waterfox

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    Waterfox is a high performance browser based on the Mozilla platform. Made specifically for 64-bit systems, Waterfox has one thing in mind: speed.

     

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  • SeaMonkey

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing in one application. Itis built on the open source Mozilla Gecko engine, the same code which underlies Thunderbird and is the base for the Firefox browser.

     

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  • K-Meleon

    Free Windows Gecko Website

    K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser based on the Gecko layout engine developed by Mozilla which is also used by Firefox. K-Meleon is free, open source software released under the GNU General Public License and is designed specifically for Microsoft Windows (Win32) operating systems.

     

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  • Goanna-based Browsers

    Goanna is a fork of Mozilla's Gecko.

  • Pale Moon

    Free Mac Windows Linux WinPenPack 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. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!.

     

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  • Basilisk

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Basilisk is a free and Open Source XUL-based web browser, featuring the well-known Firefox-style interface and operation. It is based on the Goanna layout and rendering engine (a fork of Gecko) and builds on the Unified XUL Platform (UXP), which in turn is a fork of the Mozilla code base without Servo or Rust.

    Basilisk as an application is primarily a vessel for development of the XUL platform it builds upon, and additionally a potential replacement for Firefox to retain the use of Firefox Extensions.

    The browser is created and maintained by the team behind Small Pale Moon iconPale Moon , and is a fully independent fork of the Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox code.

    Basilisk is a modern, full-featured web browser. It aims to retain useful technologies that its sibling Firefox has removed.

    Main features:

    Full support for JavaScript's ECMAscript 6 standard for modern web browsing.
    Support for all NPAPI plugins (Unity, Flash, Java, authentication plugins, etc.).
    Support for XUL/Overlay Mozilla-style extensions.
    Experimental support for WebExtensions (in gecko-target mode). Please note that some Mozilla-specific WebExtension APIs are not yet available.
    Support for ALSA on Linux.
    Support for WebAssembly (WASM).
    Support for advanced Graphite font shaping features.
    Support for modern web cryptography: up to TLS 1.3, modern ciphers, HSTS, etc.

     

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  • WebKit/WebEngine-based Browsers

    Not true alternatives to Google Chrome.

  • Dooble Web Browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Dooble is a new Open Source Web browser that focuses on compactness, security, and stability. Dooble is the only Web browser that encodes a user's browsing information. While other browsers have the support of thousands of dedicated individuals, Dooble has been harvested by just a handful of people.

    Features

    Authentically-encrypted database containers are included. The optional feature includes the popular cipher algorithms AES and Threefish as well as the fantastic SHA-3 digest algorithm. Please note that both implementations of AES and Threefish are written by the author(s) of Dooble.
    Automatic and periodic removal of cookie data may be of interest. This feature allows Dooble to purge unwanted cookie data from your browsing history.
    Beautiful dictionaries are included covering various languages. When enabled, spell checking is too.
    Built-in content blocker with accept and block modes of operation. This new addition will prevent advertising sites from polluting your browsing experience. The feature may also be used in a school setting where it's desired that only specific sites may be accessed.
    Completely redesigned! Most of the major operating systems are supported, including your favorite Unix-like systems as well as Windows. Wherever Qt and WebEngine are supported, so is Dooble!
    Dooble is highly-configurable software. The internal workings are clearly visible. Tool tips are included wherever confusion may arise.
    Dooble is open source software and includes a very relaxed BSD license.
    Proxy support is of course included. Whether you enjoy using a private proxy or a public proxy, Dooble is attentive to your privacy.
    Qt 5.9.x and newer are required! WebKit has been deprecated and WebEngine is now the preferred layout engine for rendering Web pages.
    Zero-dependency browser.

     

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  • Falkon

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Falkon, formerly QupZilla, is a QtWebEngine based cross-platform web browser.

    It aims to be a lightweight web browser available through all major platforms.

    Falkon has all standard functions you expect from a web browser. It includes bookmarks, history (both also in sidebar) and tabs. Above that, it has by default enabled blocking ads with a built-in AdBlock plugin.

    During the Akademy 2017 Konqueror BoF, the ex-maintainer of Small Konqueror iconKonqueror , David Faure, proposed to integrate QupZilla into KDE in order to replace the aging Konqueror. His reasoning is that QupZilla is already much more advanced in terms of webbrowsing features, and there is almost nobody working in Konqueror, so there is no point in duplicating efforts.

     

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  • Midori

    Free Windows Linux Android BSD Xfce Website

    Midori is a lightweight, fast, and free web browser. It aligns well with the Xfce philosophy of making the most out of available resources. It is also the default browser of the beautiful elementary os.

     

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  • Otter Browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku Website

    Web browser controlled by the user, not vice-versa.

    Otter Browser is a project aiming to recreate best aspects of classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5. Its primary objective is to become haven for power users that cannot stand what happened to Opera after ditching Presto engine. Otter will be not 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.

     

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  • qutebrowser

    Free Mac Windows Linux Python WebKit ... Qt Website

    An actively developped, keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI, inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl. It’s based on Python, PyQt5 and QtWebKit and free software, licensed under the GPL.

     

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  • Surf

    Free Linux Website

    surf is a simple web browser based on WebKit2/GTK+. It is able to display websites and follow links. It supports the XEmbed protocol which makes it possible to embed it in another application. Furthermore, one can point surf to another URI by setting its XProperties.

     

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  • Other Browsers

    Browsers that did not fit into one of the above categories.

  • NetSurf

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

    NetSurf is a free, open source web browser. It is written in C and released under the GNU Public Licence version 2. NetSurf has its own layout and rendering engine entirely written from scratch. It is small and capable.

     

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  • Dillo

    Free Mac Linux Xfce Website

    Dillo is a multi-platform graphical web browser known for its speed and small size. Dillo is written in C and C++. Dillo is based on FLTK2, the Fast Light Toolkit (statically-linked by default!). Dillo 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. Dillo helps web authors to comply with web standards by using the bug meter.

     

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  • Lynx

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... 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.

     

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  • Links

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Links is a text mode web browser, released under GPL. Links2 has the ability to display graphics.

     

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