16 Best Web Browsers I Discovered for Linux in 2020

Web Browser is a software that provides an interface to surf the web. With an introduction in around 1991, their development and advancement have advanced many folds till the current stage which we see today.

Earlier there used to be mostly text-based sites with few having images and graphical content, hence only text-based browsers sufficed with some of the early browsers being: Lynx, w3m, and eww.

But, with the advancement of technology to support audio, video, images and even flash content, browsers also need to be that advanced to support such content. This has pushed the advancement of browsers to what we see today.

A modern browser requires the support of many software which include: web browser engines like Geeko, Trident, WebKit, KHTML, etc, Rendering engine to render the web site content and display in a proper format.

Linux being an open-source community gives freedom to developers across the globe to experiment with features they expect from an ideal browser.

Some Web Browsers in Linux

Below are listed some best web browsers which are just perfect to be listed here. Usually, the features which distinguish a normal to a good browser are – Ability to support all types of data including audio, video, flash and HTML and HTML5, fast performance, memory friendly to adjust to old and new systems completely, ability to support maximum architectures like Intel, AMD and operating systems like: Windows, Mac, Unix-like, BSD to name a few.

1. Google Chrome

Accounted as the most popular web browser in smartphones and PC’s with more than half usage share of web browsers, Google Chrome is a freeware developed by Google. It forked from Chromium whose code is modified with certain add-ons to structure it. It uses the WebKit layout engine till version 27 and Blink thereafter. Written mostly in C++, it is available for many Operating Systems including Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Features provided by Chrome include – bookmarking and synchronization, enhanced security, malware blocking, and addition of external plugins like AdBlock, etc available in Google Web Store which is provided as a default extension in Chrome. Also, it supports user tracking feature which can be enabled if required.

It is fast because of the inbuilt mechanism it uses, also is very stable with tabbed browsing, speed dials and incognito (private browsing ) mode, provides custom themes that can be installed as an extension from the web store. It is widely accepted as one of default browser which can be found in almost all systems, with mostly positive reviews.

Google Chrome Browser for Linux
Google Chrome Browser for Linux

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu & Linux Mint

$ wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

Install Google Chrome on Fedora

$ sudo dnf install fedora-workstation-repositories
$ sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled google-chrome
$ sudo dnf install google-chrome-stable -y

Install Google Chrome on CentOS/RHEL

# cat << EOF > /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo
[google-chrome]
name=google-chrome
baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
EOF
# yum install google-chrome-stable

2. Firefox

One of the popular Web Browsers, Firefox is also Open Source and available for major operating systems including OS X, Linux, Solaris, Linux, Windows, Android, etc. It is written majorly in C++, Javascript, C, CSS, XUL, XBL and released under MPL2.0 License.

Since its introduction, it has been praised for its speed and security add ons and even is often termed as the spiritual successor of Netscape Navigator. It uses the Gecko web engine in all the supported platforms leaving the latest one on iOS which doesn’t use Gecko.

Features supported by Firefox include: tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental find, live bookmarking, private browsing, add-on support which allows easy integration of many features. Apart from these, it supports many standards including: HTML4, XML, XHTML, SVG and APNG etc. It has been one of the popular web browsers in many Asian and African countries with more than a billion users around the world.

Firefox Browser for Linux
Firefox Browser for Linux

Install Firefox on Ubuntu & Linux Mint

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
$ sudo apt install firefox

Install Firefox on Fedora

$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
$ sudo snap install firefox

Install Firefox on CentOS/RHEL

$ cd /opt
$ sudo wget https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/72.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-72.0.tar.bz2
$ sudo tar xfj firefox-72.0.tar.bz2 
$ /opt/firefox/firefox

3. Opera

Another popular web browser, Opera is one of the earliest ones we have to date, with the initial version released in 1995, 25 years ago. It is written in C++ with availability marked for all Operating Systems including Windows, OS, Linux, OS X, Symbian and Mobile phones including Android, iOS. It uses the Blink web engine, whereas earlier versions used Presto.

Features of this browser include: speed-dial for quick search, tabbed browsing, downloads manager, Page Zooming which allows Flash, Java, and SVG to be increased or decreased as per user requirements, deletion of HTTP cookies, browsing history and other data on click of a button. Despite its criticism for compatibility, and other UI related issues, it has been one of the favorite browsers with a total of around 2.28% usage shares in mid of 2019.

Opera Browser for Linux
Opera Browser for Linux

Install Opera on Ubuntu & Linux Mint

$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free'
$ wget -qO - https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install opera-stable

Install Opera on Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL

$ sudo rpm --import https://rpm.opera.com/rpmrepo.key
$ sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/opera.repo <<RPMREPO
[opera]
name=Opera packages
type=rpm-md
baseurl=https://rpm.opera.com/rpm
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://rpm.opera.com/rpmrepo.key
enabled=1
RPMREPO
$ sudo yum -y install opera-stable

4. Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a new feature-rich cross-platform, freeware web browser that incorporates an Opera-like interface with a Chromium open-source platform, which was first officially launched on April 6, 2016, by Vivaldi Technologies and it is developed on web technologies such as HTML5, Node.js, React.js, and various NPM modules. As of March 2019, Vivaldi has 1.2 million active monthly users.

Vivaldi offers a minimalistic user interface with simple icons and fonts, and a color pattern that alters based on the background and design of the web sites being visited. It also enables users to customize the interface elements such as the overall theme, the address bar, start pages, and tab positioning.

Vivaldi Browser for Linux
Vivaldi Browser for Linux

Install Vivaldi on Debian, Ubuntu & Linux Mint

$ wget -qO- https://repo.vivaldi.com/archive/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://repo.vivaldi.com/archive/deb/ stable main'
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install vivaldi-stable

Install Vivaldi on Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL

$ sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://repo.vivaldi.com/archive/vivaldi-fedora.repo
$ sudo dnf install vivaldi-stable

5. Chromium

Widely known web browser, which forms the base from where Google Chrome takes its source code, Chromium is another Open Source web browser available for Linux, Windows, OS X, and Android Operating Systems. It is mainly written in C++ with the latest release being in December 2016. It is designed with a minimalistic user interface so as to make it lightweight and fast.

Features of Chromium include a tabbed window manager, support for Vorbis, Theora, WebM codecs for HTML5 Audio and Video, Bookmark and History and Session management. Apart from Google Chrome, Chromium also forms a base for a large number of other Web Browsers some of which are still active while others have been discontinued. Some of them are Opera, Dartium, Epic Browser, Vivaldi, Yandex Browser, Flock (discontinued), Rockmelt (discontinued) and many more.

Chromium Browser for Linux
Chromium Browser for Linux

Install Chromium on Debian, Ubuntu & Linux Mint

$ sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Install Chromium on Fedora

$ sudo dnf install chromium

6. Midori

Midori is an open-source web browser developed In Vala and C with WebKit engine and GTK+ 2 and GTK+ 3 interface. With an initial stable release in 2007 and the latest stable release being in July 2019.

Midori is currently the default browser in many Linux distros including Manjaro Linux, elementary OS, SliTaz Linux, Bodhi Linux, Trisqel Mini, SystemRescue CD, old versions of Raspbian.

Major Features provided by it include HTML5 Support, Bookmark Management, Private Browsing, Windows, Tabs and Sessions management, Speed Dial, Easy integration of extensions which can be written in C and Vala, Unity Support. Midori has been mentioned as one of the alternative web browsers for Linux by LifeHacker and many other sites including TechRadar, ComputerWorld, and Gigaom.

Midori Browser for Linux
Midori Browser for Linux

Install Midori on Linux

$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
$ sudo snap install midori

7. Falkon

Falkon (previously known as QupZilla) is another new web browser which started merely as a Research Project with the first release in December 2010 written in Python, and later releases being in C++ with a goal to develop a portable web browser. It is licensed under GPLv3 and available for Linux, Windows, OS X, FreeBSD.

QupZilla uses WebKit engine with QtWebKit to be in sync with modern web standards. It provides all the functions of a modern web browser including Speed Dial, built-in Ad Block feature, bookmark management, etc. Additional features that would make you opt this browser include Performance Optimization with memory consumption lower than most famous web browsers including Firefox and Google Chrome.

Falkon Browser for Linux
Falkon Browser for Linux

Install Falkon on Linux

$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
$ sudo snap install falkon

8. Konqueror

Another multi-purpose Web Browser and File Manager, Konqueror is another one in the list. Developed in C++(Qt) and available for Operating Systems including Linux and Windows and licensed under GPLv2. As the name shows, Konqueror (starting with ‘K’) is the default browser for the KDE Desktop environment, replacing the then known KFM.

As a web browser, it uses KTML derived web rendering engine and also supports JavaScript, Java applets, CSS, Jquery. Its rendering abilities are unquestionable and better than most web browsers which highlight its performance optimization.

Other features include: Customizable search services (even custom search shortcut is also included which can be added), ability to show multimedia content within web pages due to integrated Kpart, Ability to open PDF, Open Document and other specific file types, integrates I/O plugin system which allows several protocols including HTTP, FTP, WebDAV, SMB, etc, ability to browse through local file system of user. Konqueror Embedded is another embedded version of Konqueror which is also available.

Konqueror Browser for Linux
Konqueror Browser for Linux

Install Konqueror on Linux

$ sudo apt install konqueror  [On Debian/Ubuntu/Mint]
$ sudo dnf install konqueror  [On Fedora]

9. Web (Epiphany) – GNOME Web

GNOME Web originally named Epiphany is another we browser which deserves a mention in the list. Written in C (GTK+) it was originally a fork of Galeon and since then has been part of the GNOME project and complies with GNOME’s guidelines at each stage of its development.

Initially, it used the Geeko engine but with version 2.20, it started using the WebKitGTK+ engine. The web provides support for Linux and BSD Operating Systems with source code available under GPLv2.

Features include HTML4, CSS1 and XHTML support including support for HTML5 and CSS3, inbuilt plugins of Adobe Flash and IcedTea, bookmark and “smart bookmark” feature which allows easy search in find-in-as-you-type manner, full integration with GNOME features including GNOME Network Manager, GNOME printer, etc, and other features supported by most browsers. While it has received mixed reviews, one capability for which it is praised by many is its fast launching and page-load capability.

Gnome Web Epiphany Browser for Linux
Gnome Web Epiphany Browser for Linux

Install Epiphany on Linux

$ sudo dnf install snapd
$ sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
$ sudo snap install epiphany

10. Pale Moon

Another browser based on Mozilla Firefox, Pale Moon is a replacement for Firefox on Linux, Windows, and Android. It is developed in C/C++ with Source Code available under MPL2.0 License. It retains the user interface seen in previous versions of Firefox, focusing only on web browsing abilities. Its latest version will use Gonna, which is a fork of Geeko, a web browser engine of Firefox.

Pale Moon focuses on speed optimization features and utilizes Microsoft C Compiler’s speed optimization, auto-parallelization features. Also, it removes unnecessary add on features that are not required i.e. crash reporter, accessibility hardware features, and targets Windows Vista and later OS due to which it may fail on older hardware. Other features include the DuckDuckGo default search engine, IP-API geolocation service, functional status bar, and enhanced customization.

Pale Moon Browser for Linux
Pale Moon Browser for Linux

11. Brave

The Brave is an open source and free web browser based on Chromium, that provides fast and secure private web browsing exprience for PC, Mac and mobile.

It offers ad-blocking, website tracking and provides a mode for users to send cryptocurrency donations in the form of Basic Attention Tokens to websites and content creators.

Brave Web Browser
Brave Web Browser

12. Waterfox

Waterfox is an open-source web browser based on Mozilla Firefox source code and is specially built for a 64-bit operating system. It intends to be fast and focus on power users.

Waterfox features with an option to customize the browser interface like grouping similar tabs, choose a theme, and extend it the way you want to. It also allows you to modify the internal CSS and Javascript.

Waterfox Browser
Waterfox Browser

13. Slimjet

Slimjet is a fastest web browser that is powered by industry-leading Blink engine and is created on top of the Chromium project, that comes with an added functionality and customization options that enables you to fine-tune your browser preferences that best suits your own specific needs.

Slimjet comes with numerous powerful and convenient features to guide you in maximizing your online productivity, which includes ad blocker, download manager, quick form filler, customizable toolbar, Facebook integration, Instagram photo upload, youtube video downloader, weather forecast, web page translation and many more.

Slimjet Web Browser
Slimjet Web Browser

14. Min – A Fast, Minimal Browser

Min is a fast, minimal smarter web browser that safeguard your privacy. It includes an user-friendly interface designed to decrease distractions, and comes with the following notable features such as:

  • Get quick information from DuckDuckGo in the search bar.
  • Full-text search for visited pages.
  • Automatic ad and tracker blocking.
  • Reader view
  • Tasks (tab groups)
  • Dark theme
Min Web Browser for Linux
Min Web Browser for Linux

15. Dissenter

The Dissenter is an open source web browser that blocks advertisements and trackers by default and improve your browsing experience faster and more secure. Dissenter also offers a feature called Comment Badge, that enables users to comment on all web sites, view comments posted by other users and have conversation with other users in real time.

Dissenter Web Browser
Dissenter Web Browser

16. Links

Links is an Open source text and a graphical web browser that is written in C and available for Windows, Linux, OS X, and OS/2, Open VMS and DOS systems. It is released under GPLv2+ License. It is one of those browsers which has many forks based upon it including Elinks (Experimental/Enhanced Links), Hacked Links, etc.

This is an ideal browser for those who want to experience GUI elements in a text-only environment. Links 2 being the latest version was released in September 2015 and it is an advanced version of Links that supports JavaScript which results in a much fast web browser.

The main highlight feature of Links is that it can run in graphics mode even for those systems which do not have X Server because of its support for Graphic drivers for X Server, Linux Framebuffer, svgalib, OS/2 PMShell, and Atheos GUI.

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Links Browser
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Conclusion

These were some of the Open Source Browsers available on Linux. If you have some personal favorites, do mention them in your comments and we would include them in our list too.

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56 thoughts on “16 Best Web Browsers I Discovered for Linux in 2020”

  1. Unless something comes along to replace flash properly, I foresee many users just not using the internet for more than surfing, and email. Facebook won’t be worth it to me because virtually all the games require flash. A real bummer.

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  2. I didn’t know about Dissenter. I couldn’t install Brave (I don’t use a “traditional” Linux distro) but so far, it delivers great. Thank you!

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  3. Hi everyone,

    Is there a Browse that allows us to display the favorites vertically and keep the window open when we select a site (on top of Firefox)?

    Thanks for reading
    Michel

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    • I don’t understand your question. Firefox allows displaying favorits vertically in a side-bar on the lefthand side of the window. To access it by keyboard shortcut press [Strg]+[b] (for bookmarks). When selecting by clicking a favorite from this side-bar, of course, the windows stay open.

      Otherwise, it couldn’t display the website. If you mean, that the current tab of the window stays open, while the clicked favorit opens in a new one – I’m afraid, that is not the case. For the quick creation of a new tab, you could use the shortcut [Strg]+[t] before clicking on the favorite.

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      • Hi,

        Thank you for responding.

        My question was :

        Is there a Browser *other* than Firefox that works just the same way, ie keep the favorite window open while I read the detail?

        Regards
        Michel

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  4. I have a concern with this article. One of the biggest issues with the use of any browser these days is the information it collects for 3rd parties. Privacy or security is not mentioned at all. Most of the browsers mentioned take your personal information and use it for profit.

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  5. I do appreciate very much all the information I have acquired here. Be sure I hate those who abuse their power and will keep on working to combat them. May life give us the opportunity to meet or work together to that end one day. Meanwhile, Thanks and all the best.

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