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I was wondering what web browsers exist for Ubuntu; I don't want to use wine. I just want the ones written for Ubuntu.

I've never liked the Ubuntu software center because it never has all of the programs that I might want to install and therefore it's not perfect.

I just want a list of all the browsers for Ubuntu and what's the point of them.


  • Firefox: open source, and is pre-installed.

Please give me only one browser per answer or this will be confusing.

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This would make a nice community wiki. – Alan May 21 '11 at 21:39
Also it would be good to know what you defined "good at streaming video" as. Do you mean; has implemented flash player in a stable way which contributes to a good user experience and performance when streaming videos? Or do you mean in terms of html5 video streaming? – rzetterberg May 22 '11 at 0:29
I'm assuming that by saying you don't want Google chrome, you also don't want Chromium? There is some difference between the two, and depending on the reason you don't want Google Chrome, Chromium might work for you. I'm not trying to defensive of Google Chrome, but why do you want an alternative to it? – Azendale May 22 '11 at 0:49
@ancide When I use google chrome or firefox the videos are slow and laggy. So I can't watch them in fullscreen, but when I used Opera I had no problems at all! :D I want a browser that has no problems in streaming flash video. – Alvar May 22 '11 at 7:53
@Azendale I normally use Google Chrome at an everyday basis. All browsers aren't good at everything that's why. – Alvar May 22 '11 at 8:53

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You can open Ubuntu Software Center and search for it. There are a plenty of browsers besides those you mentioned:

Refer this Wikipedia link for List of Web Browsers for Unix and Unix-like OS to see some.

And here come two examples:


Clik here for installation Instructions at Ubuntu Community Help Wiki.

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Links Install links

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Not all programs are in the Ubuntu software center. – Alvar May 21 '11 at 21:31
Your Links screenshot should use this page :P – Nathan Osman May 21 '11 at 23:43
@George Edison: I updated as you suggested. Thank you very much ;-) – desgua May 22 '11 at 0:18
That looks awesome! – Nathan Osman May 22 '11 at 0:21

Midori Install midori

It's is a lightweight web browser.

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I added some screenshots to give people a better idea of what the browsers are like. – Nathan Osman May 22 '11 at 0:26
Thanks George. It does look better. – wojox May 22 '11 at 0:41


It's is a minimal GNOME browser that uses WebKitGTK+. It's package name is epiphany-browser Install epiphany-browser.


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Epiphany crashed as soon as I started a flash video. FAIL – Alvar May 21 '11 at 22:27
@Alvar Well, so much for that! I tried it and it just showed a blank, light grey rectangle. I never used it enough to run into video problems. – Azendale May 22 '11 at 0:45
hehehe.......... – Alvar May 22 '11 at 7:55

links2 Install links2

If you ever end up without a desktop but can get to a command line this browser is what you need.


It even has a graphics version:

links2 -g

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This is the future of browsing, free from any commercials or heavy flash scripts! This is truly awesome, I even managed to send a gmail to a friend with a screenshot of me emailing it! :D – Alvar May 22 '11 at 10:49
Btw you don't need the sudo. :) – Alvar Jun 5 '11 at 18:17
@Alvar: for commercials, use adblock and flashblock. – eudoxos Sep 25 '11 at 10:53
@eudoxos that has nothing todo with my comment. IF you don't read any heavy scripts then the browsing is actually quite fast... – Alvar Sep 25 '11 at 14:25
you don't even see my point. – Alvar Sep 25 '11 at 19:00

Lynx Install Lynx

Lynx is one of the oldest command-line browsers that still exist and work rather well. There really isn't much more to say about it except it's lightweight, easy to use, and does a pretty good job of displaying the DOM via terminal.


Ask Ubuntu via Lynx

, Navigate page (jumps between links)

, Return Follow link

Back in history

/ Search

Q Quit

H Help

The rest of the doucmentation can be found in the man page or via the help interface.

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Rekonq Install rekonq

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It's light, somewhat fast, and pretty stable.

Oh, and it is in the software centre and the default browser on Kubuntu ;).

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Eh, wasn't the default KDE browser Konquerer? – Oxwivi May 26 '11 at 13:29
@Oxwivi : Eh, didn't that change since forever on Kubuntu? (Which is relevant to Ubuntu). – RolandiXor May 26 '11 at 16:02
Last I tried Kubuntu was at 10.04 and it had Konquerer. – Oxwivi May 26 '11 at 16:06
Just wondering about the default part you mentioned. – Oxwivi May 26 '11 at 18:52
@Ward why thank you for calling me a wild donkey. – RolandiXor Jun 13 '11 at 14:47

Konqueror Install konqueror


The layout engine Safari and Chrome use (WebKit) is based on the layout engine Konqueror uses (KHTML). Konqueror was originally integrated into the KDE desktop as a file manager and default web browser.


Konqueror screenshot

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Lole, where did you get ye olde screenshot from? – RolandiXor May 22 '11 at 1:04
@Roland: From the first Google image result for 'konquerer' :) – Nathan Osman May 22 '11 at 2:16
I had bad experience with this browser in Lucid and before, links on various websites (including were cropped (the text next to it slided under the link) and more CSS issues. – Lekensteyn May 22 '11 at 12:19
I'll give you an updated screen shot :D! – RolandiXor May 22 '11 at 13:36
@Lek: That's true. I've heard that it has a lot of CSS problems. – Nathan Osman May 22 '11 at 19:24

Seamonkey Install seamonkey, (new repository: Install seamonkey via wiki)

You can try the Seamonkey Internet Suite, which bundles a Firefox-based browser, Thunderbird-based mail client, IRC client named Chatzilla, and a web page editor named Composer. Seamonkey is an open source version of the hallowed Netscape Communicator internet suite. One big advantage of using Seamonkey is that if the mail client is already open, the browser will open zero delay. The other advantage is that all your browser, mail client messages and accounts, chat settings, add-ons, and passwords are all in one directory. When you change your computer or upgrade the OS, you just need to copy the Seamonkey profile folder. Almost all Firefox extensions work without any problem.

Seamonkey is available for Windows and Mac also. It can be very useful for Linux users who use multiple operating systems. The profile folder works across platforms. 64-bit Linux users should note that the regular download file will not let flash to run properly. The "unofficial" 64-bit build is usually available in the page under the "Other Systems and Languages" link. It works without a problem in all the Ubuntu installations that I have tried. Installation is simple. Extract the archive in the /opt directory and create a soft link to seamonkey file in /usr/bin. You may want to backup any old /usr/bin/seamonkey link that may exist.

This is the modern theme:

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Some tweaks to make Seamonkey look and act sleek and fresh:

  • Right-click on navigation bar, "Customize": drag the google etc search space onto the navigation bar (possible remove the old "search" button by dragging it into the Customize Toolbar window; also may remove or add other stuff visible there)

  • To make tabs more customizable install Tab Clicking Options

  • Support for more addons and plugins on (e.g. context search)

  • There are few themes available, but the default one is decent, and Kilome has a light fresh look. Also, the new type of firefox themes (formerly called "personas") can be also used to spice up the default theme, and they are very different.

Kilome theme:

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Beside Firefox, Opera, Chromium and Google Chrome, it is difficult to find a stable and simple Internet Browser. Seamonkey is an exception. In spite of its primitive look it is a very trustworthy parent of Firefox. – cipricus Dec 6 '12 at 11:14
It may be old but there is nothing primitive about it. It has a functional interface that works. That is why Seamonkey users choose it over Firefox or Chrome. If anyone wants the barebones look, they should stick to other browsers. – BZ1 Feb 5 '13 at 9:43
i agree!! i only dislike the lack of themes, my eyes heart when i see the "modern" one, but "Kilome" is ok. as for the rest is an awesome browser. what a coincidence: you commented a few minutes after i started using Seamonkey again. i use FF because it works on my computer very well, but i'm thinking using seamonkey with the "openwith" addon of ff so as to launch it with a lot of addons that would not normally use in ff. using multiple profiles in ff can cause problems, as i've learned lately, so seamonke is a solution to what i was asking here: – cipricus Feb 5 '13 at 11:33
on a parallel use of Firefox/Seamonkey, see last part of this answer ( – cipricus Feb 5 '13 at 12:43

The Amaya Web Browser/Editor is primarily a WYSIWYG Web editor that also works as a Web browser. It is open source, and from the World Wide Web Consortium, which maintains standards for HTML, XHTML, and so on, so it is particularly good at testing for standards compliance.


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w3m Install w3m

It depends what you require. If you are in the geeky corner, why not try w3m? It runs in the terminal.

An example:


You can scroll up and down with the arrow keys, or by pressing C-v and M-v.

w3m - Google

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haha that's awesome, but not that practical if you want to stream video form like, youtube. – Alvar May 21 '11 at 21:30
Yes. It is probably "a little bit" limited for such matters. :) – whirlwin May 21 '11 at 21:40
w3m is also great for when you need to feed web content into a script but can't be bothered to sort through tabs. w3m + grep = awesomely simple content scraping – Journeyman Geek Feb 5 '13 at 13:24

If you are looking for an alternative to google chrome because:

  • You don't like their policy when it comes to gathering user information
  • You don't like the fact that they send you dynamic error pages from their servers instead of serving local error pages
  • You want a built-in ad blocker

But you like they way Chrome looks like and how it works, then SRWare Iron is an alternative for you. It is a fork of Chromium which doesn't send user information to google, interacts with google in any other way and contains a built-in ad blocker.

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got a lot of bad press though, didn't it? – The Negative Shape May 22 '11 at 12:34
I don't know what you are referring to, so please show us what are talking about. – rzetterberg May 22 '11 at 12:42
The main reason for not using it is that it basically is Chromium, with three (already user-configurable) privacy options hardcoded in. I'd rather stay with Chromium, where I get faster security patches and don't have to trust 'SRWare' not to add any malicious code in an update. The bad press was concerning how the author just made it to get the publicity etc. Can't find the link, sorry, I'll have a look later. But really, why use Iron ON LINUX when you can use Chromium? – The Negative Shape May 23 '11 at 13:11
@The Negative Shape: I see. I hope you find the link, it would be interesting to read. I wasn't aware of the privacy options could turn off the functionality making Iron obsolete. So thanks for sharing! – rzetterberg May 23 '11 at 13:31
@Ancide, @The Negative Shape: here is one: Is Iron a Scam? Yes. It's out of date now, as it deals with no later than Chromium/Chrome/Iron 4 and now it's up to 11/12/13, but the situation seems to be approximately the same. Except that the options which weren't exposed in the UI - approximately the only justification for Iron, really - are now. – Chris Morgan May 26 '11 at 11:42

Vimprobable, a lightweight webkit browser that is keyboard driven. Links are activated by a keypress which triggers a "hint" - a number next to each link that is then entered to activate the link.

It is fast, stable and doesn't require the rodent.


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Dillo Install dillo

Dillo is a lightweight web browser based on FLTK.

screenshot of dillo from their webpage

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Luakit Install luakit

It is based on webkit. It can be controlled entirely from keyboard and is extensible/configurable with lua!

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It's stated principles are simplicity and standards compliance.

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There hasn't been a new release of Galeon since 2006. – Wesley Rice May 26 '11 at 17:39
That's almost as old as Netscape! and Netscape is just something you would use in mac os 9, for instance. – Alvar May 27 '11 at 15:11

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