Linux browsers

linux browsers

¿You look for browsers for Linux? The web browser or web browser is one of the most used software. Today almost all the computers we use have an Internet connection and to manage the network we need a browser, just as we need a file manager to manage our files and folders. The browser's function is to allow you to view the content of the web in a comfortable way, in addition to interacting with it and other functionalities.

The first browser in history It was developed by Tim Berners-Lee, at CERN (the center that created the WWW). This browser was quite sophisticated and graphical, but it only worked on NeXT workstations. After this, Mosaic would come, one of the first browsers that began to expand beyond the * nix environments. But if there is one that has been around since almost the beginning and that we all know about, that is Netscape. This began to lay the foundations of the current browsers that we present below ...

As always, the choice and preferences are very personal of each user. A user may think that one browser is better than another and it is not always possible to estimate which is the best of all. The clearest answer is a question for what? In our post we will try to classify them into three groups: off-road vehicles, those that we use more frequently and for a more generic use; the light ones, if you are short of resources or want a fast browser; and those that ensure security and privacy during your browsing.

All-terrain Linux browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Opera

Mozilla Firefox:

It is one of my favorites, it does not need introductions, since it is one of the best browsers out there. It's free software that has always stood out from others. By the way, Netscape, the browser introduced in the history introduction, has a lot to do with Firefox, as Netscape decided to release the source code under the GPL license in the hope that it would become a major open source project and win over it. battle against Microsoft's then all-powerful Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome / Chromium:

Google wanted to stand up to Mozilla and Microsoft with a closed browser, Chrome. It is quite good, but it has the flaw mentioned in the previous sentence. To provide a foundation for this project, Google created Chromium, an open source side project that you can also use on your distro. It is an open source browser that is used as the basis for the development of Chrome's closed source. The truth is that it is not bad, but in my opinion it is slow, it consumes too much RAM. But both Firefox and Chrome are great browsers and with their pugin and extensions they provide us with a multitude of extra functionalities.

If you would like to install chrome on linux, follow the steps of the tutorial that you will find in the link that we just left you.


It is the third in contention, closed source and with open source components. Like Chrome, despite being closed, its license is Freeware, so it is free. The Norwegian company that develops it has been a pioneer in including innovative features that have later been included in other browsers, but despite this, it has never stood out too much. If there is something remarkable about this browser is that it is fast.


Created by the Debian guys, Iceweasel is a web browser that was born as a fork or derived from Mozilla Firefox. For this reason, it will remind you a lot of the Firefox browser in certain aspects and it shares many features with it and can even share extensions and plugins with it. I have used it because it is the default browser for Kali Linux and the truth is that I have not had any notable problems or complaints.


Unlike the previous ones, which are available for various platforms, Konqueror is a project built around the KDE desktop. For some time in openSuSE I have used it as the default browser and the truth is that it is not bad at all, although I prefer Mozilla. WebKit (now Blink) was based on the Konqueror browser engine, so you see its importance, Webkit has served as a platform for browsers like Safari, Chrome, Chromium, Epiphany, Midori, Aurora, Maxthon, Opera, etc.

Epiphany (now called Web):

Es a GNOME project browser, its namesake in KDE is Konqueror. Like this it is open source and has been created for this desktop environment. It is characterized by its design, simple and clean interface, in addition, unlike other browsers based on hierarchical bookmark systems based on folders, this one uses categorized bookmarks. Like Konqueror's KIO, Web can also use extensions to extend its functionality.

Lightweight Linux browsers:

Fast turtle

Say that:

Small free web browser and created in C language. It is based on the Gzilla rendering engine version 0.2.2. It is very fast and small in size, occupying approximately 350 KB. Cookie support is disabled, so it is safe. In 2006 it stopped developing due to lack of resources, but in 2008 it returned to normality to date.


Open source web browser available for various platforms. Consumes very few resources, among other things because it is in text mode. So if you choose it you will have to work from the console. However, version 2 has a graphical mode, capable of managing bookmarks, with download manager, FTP and SSL support. Its graphics system is based on the GPU or SVGALib framebuffer, so it works on any graphics system, even if you don't have X-Window.


Another lightweight, free and in text mode. Lynx makes it easy to use a screen reader and is widely used to check the usability of a web page. By means of a combination of keys, it allows browsing the site and despite its simplicity, it has support for Gopher, FTP, WAIS, NNTP, Finger, etc. protocols.


It is the browser that you can find for example in Raspbian, the famous distro for the Raspberry Pi. This gives you an idea that it's quite light and that you can use it if your team does not have too many resources or simply because you want something very fast without consuming too many resources uselessly. It is based on WebKit and uses GTK for its interface, so it can be used without problem in Xfce and LXDE environments. It has support for HTML5, Flash, Java, etc., and despite being very complete, it sometimes crashes with some javascript content.


Open source browser designed to be lightweight and portable. It was started in 2002 to provide RISC OS with an efficient browser, later it has been ported to other platforms, such as Linux.


Developed by David Rosa, it is a lightweight and open source browser developed in C ++ and based on QtWebKit. Even though started as a browser for educational purposes, has now matured and can be used to replace others. It includes bookmarks, history, tabs, handling for RSS feeds, blocking AdBlock with plugin, Flash content with Click2FLash, etc., everything you would expect from a basic browser.


It is available for Linux and under the GNU GPL license. It is a text mode browser and has a pager. It looks a lot like Lynx and has support for tables, frames, SSL connections, background color, and images, it can be used within emacs (emacsw3) and reproduce the webs as faithfully as possible taking into account that it is not a graphical browser, but in text mode.

Safe Linux browsers that respect your privacy:

Hardware security padlocked circuit

Tor Browser:

To start this section, you cannot forget Tor Browser. I invite you to try the Tor project for anonymity and the famous Deep Web, which can also be integrated with the main web browsers that exist. Well, Tor Browser is a browser designed around Tor and it is a modified version of Mozilla Firefox, so it is a great choice.

SRWare Iron Browser:

SRWare has created what they call "the browser of the future"It is a browser programmed in C ++ and assembler and that can be used on various platforms, including Linux. It is based on the Chromium browser, whose code has been modified to eliminate usage tracking, contains filters and improved blocking functions, all to ensure your privacy.

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  1.   Ivan said

    Curious article; I knew all the off-road and safe navigators, but only knew of Midori as a lightweight navigator. We will have to try them, although now with Firefox I am delighted; more than even with Chromium, and that until relatively recently the latter was my favorite.

  2.   nicolas said


  3.   nitrofuran said

    missing kazehakase and galleon

    1.    Flat said

      The Maxthon has run out of Linux support

  4.   MA Martin said

    Chromium slow? not at all, it is true that it uses more RAM but that gives a better answer, in my opinion it is faster than Firefox.

  5.   Jose Rodriguez said

    Another light was missing: surf.

  6.   Leoban said

    Palemoon fork from firefox

  7.   Uncle Pepe said

    And what about Internet Explorer? Is it so bad how do they say? It hangs or closes me without warning. I use it because it is the only one that opens the interfaces that I use in the company.

    1.    Tony said

      No mame Uncle Pepe, there is talk of browsers for LINUX.

      1.    anon said

        Mediocre joke. To pretend to try to sound funny, first try or pretend you know what the fuck you're talking about.

    2.    fabian said

      so, tell us uncle pepe, what linux rolls INTERNET EXPLORER?

    3.    Juan said

      Don't make fun of poor Uncle Pepe, Ubuntu pulls internet explorer.

  8.   Kiki said

    There are also Slimjet and Vivaldi ... soon there will be Yandex Browser (Beta), for Ubuntu and derivatives, all of them based on Chromium, Greetings.

  9.   primer said

    Well, I'm thinking of going from Windows 7 to Linux, since I found out that said operating system will stop receiving support from 2020, so I remembered that when I was 15 years old in school I used Linux for a whole year (To be specific Ubuntu ) So I was researching linux systems that looked like Windows in appearance and I came across: Zorin OS lite (Version 12.4) (I use it from a USB)

    I'm using Chromium and it is really fast but in Windows 7 I use Opera and I like Opera because it has: Integrated VPN and ad blocker

    So when I decide to install Zorin OS on my computer I will download and use Opera

    PS: Good article by the way

  10.   fernando betancourt said

    They do not mention Baidu Browser, it is a very good browser although at the moment it exists for windows and I think they are about to release a version for Linux and for android, the advantage of this browser apart from the fact that it was based on Chrom, but lighter and lighter , It has certain tools that facilitate the download of videos (Very Powerful) for example from Facebook or others !!!

    It would be good if they mentioned it here !!

  11.   RAFAEL said

    Thank you very much for the comprehensive and accurate information.
    It is not easy to find valuable altruistic information in this business world.
    Another day I will tell you, which one I have chosen and how I navigate.

  12.   Yafet Donovan said

    The Brave browser is missing, it is like a chrome but lighter, highly recommended for linux.

  13.   PAUL CID said

    Someone has mentioned it before, the Brave browser is missing, which is very good ...