Lightweight browsers on Linux

They are the lightest browsers. No, they are not text-mode browsers, but they are light and also fast. Surely they have tried them sometime. And if not, they have the opportunity to do it now.


It uses the WebKit engine and the GTK + 2 libraries. It is licensed by LGPL and is Japanese. It supports scripts and the extensions can be activated and deactivated. Use navigation with tabs, bookmarks, RSS feeds, configurable and customizable interface. In the Acid3 test it has 100/100.

It uses the Gecko and WebKit engines, and is licensed under the GPL v2. It is Japanese too, very light. You can use the known "About: config" that Firefox uses. It has navigation with tabs, bookmarks, RSS, search in the history, keyboard shortcuts and customizable mouse gestures.

It uses the Bespoke engine and GTK libraries. It has a GPL v2 license and the possibility of exporting to PDF. It is available for the systems: RISC OS, Linux and other Unix-likes, Haiku OS and AmigaOS. It is very fast, portable and compatible.

It uses the WebKit engine and the QT libraries. It is GPL licensed. It is cross-platform and has a minimalist interface, navigation with tabs, simple history and bookmarks.

It is GPL licensed. It is the most minimalist of all, in size and resources. It only supports plain HTML / XHTML and images. Scripts and styles do not support it. It is often used in mini-distros, such as DSL. It is cross-platform, written in C and C ++ and based on FLTK2. It's very fast.

I have used Kazehakase and Dillo, and tried all but Arora. Being the one I like the most, Kazehakase. NetSurf seems to me to be one of the fastest along with Dillo, which is the fastest, although not very advisable if you want the best browsing experience.

Have you used any? Which one do you think is better?

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  1.   f sources said

    I have used Kazehakase (it has always been difficult for me to write it), a light version of Firefox recommended if the FF uses too much memory, although it is rough as I said "internally".

    Dillo is ugly, you don't want to use it, but it does the job.

    The others I did not try but they catch my attention

    I ask can you use flash with them?

  2.   roberto said

    You will not go to bed without knowing anything new ... I had used very light desktops E16, E17, fluxbox, etc but in terms of browsers I had not heard of any of them.
    Interesting for teams where you are looking to "lose weight".

  3.   drgeek said


    I had used dillo, netsurf, midori and right now I am writing this from arora. Arora works great, it can run flash applications acceptably, but not all. Now I am applying the litmus test: Gmail. It goes with some minor problems regarding this one, but it comes out fine :)

    Has anyone used Amaya ??

    Thanks for the info.

  4.   isengrin said

    I used almost all of them at some point, but you don't convince me. I really need the FF add-ons. XD

    There is another: Vimpression, which has the peculiarity that it is controlled with Vi-style commands (something like using Vimperator in FF), it is extra light and… now.

    I'm going, I just want to say that Midori is still in Alpha, and she's missing a lot of 'basic' things, like remembering passwords. Hopefully the final version remains light. : D

  5.   Laura said

    @Isengrin Vimpression? Vimperator? Oo in the end you were a geek hahaha

    @roberto, there is everything :)


  6.   fausto23 said

    I have tried each of these browsers, and for some they are only relegated to the second option, perhaps it is the dependency on firefox addons, or what do I know. Of all those, Midori is the one that can excel as a browser.


  7.   LJMarín said

    I already used dillo and midori, so far the one that has worked best for me is arora.

    The kazehakase has never worked well for me, and the other one never tried

  8.   seth said

    I am installing arora and kazehakase, but they will not replace firefox ... nor can opera

  9.   vicente said

    To this day, the only thing I can criticize FF is that it eats a lot of RAM but otherwise it suits me perfectly, it has never crashed, I have never had to restart, it has countless accessories. Regarding the consumption of resources, it is enough for me to use openbox and consumption is dramatically reduced.

  10.   Carlos said

    Well, as of today, with a year of evolution and testing them all, I lean towards Midori without a doubt.

    Correct viewing of webs (frames and mandangas), the one that consumes the least RAM, the one with the fastest startup and the fastest browsing.

    The only one on the list that I have not tested was Dillo and because I did not find it in the repositories of my newly installed Debian Wheezy.

  11.   Roberto said

    Just to make a clarification: MIdori is not Japanese, perhaps its name is, but its creators live in Germany.
    Your website is