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List of Alternative Web Browsers

All of these browsers feature:

There are many more web browsers available. These are the major options on the major platforms, and were chosen specifically from browsers that are actively developed or maintained and support modern web standards (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).

Major Browsers: Windows, Mac & Linux


[Opera Logo] Opera has managed to weather the browser wars since its original release in 1996. Constantly innovating, this browser is now a full-fledged Internet suite with web, e-mail, news (usenet and RSS) and chat with a wealth of features for new switchers and power users alike.

Opera also provides a mobile web browser, Opera Mini. In addition to Android and iOS, Opera Mini runs on most Java-capable devices, bringing the web to even low-end mobile phones.


[Firefox Logo] Mozilla Firefox has been the most successful alternative web browser since the “browser wars” ended. The flagship product of the Mozilla Foundation traces its lineage back to the original Netscape. Firefox was designed for simplicity, security, and extensibility, with hundreds of extensions available. The Mozilla Thunderbird mail & news client is a perfect companion. Both applications are open-source.

A mobile Firefox is available for Android and iOS.


[Opera Logo] Apple stunned the world in 2003 when they announced this browser for Mac OS X. It became so popular with Mac users that Microsoft stopped developing IE for the Mac! Safari is designed for elegance and speed, and is now both the default browser on the Mac and the most popular Macintosh browser.

Safari is also the primary web browser on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Google Chrome

[Chrome Logo] In 2008, Google stripped down the web browser to its essentials and rethought basic assumptions about what a browser should do. Focused on enhanced performance for web applications, Chrome stays out of your way and lets you focus on the web itself.

Chrome uses the WebKit engine (like Safari) and is similar to the default web browser on the Android mobile phone platform.

More Cross-Platform Browsers: Windows, Mac & Linux

Mozilla SeaMonkey

[SeaMonkey Logo] Originally created as an open-source testing ground for Netscape, Mozilla gained a following of its own as AOL put its stamp on Netscape. Mozilla implemented many of the features that have since made Firefox popular. Official development has moved on to Firefox, and the suite continues in the form of SeaMonkey.

In addition to Firefox and SeaMonkey, Mozilla's “Gecko” engine is the basis for a number of platform-specific browsers, such as K-Meleon for Windows.

Windows Browsers


[K-Meleon Logo] Years before Firefox, K-Meleon was launched to create a lightweight web browser for Windows using the Mozilla core. K-Meleon's strengths are its speed and customizability.

Macintosh Browsers


[OmniWeb Logo] The first web browser released for Mac OS X, OmniWeb focuses on power features. Since version 4.5 it has been based on Apple's WebCore technology, the same engine used by Safari, with innovations such as thumbnails for tabs, auto-save sessions, and per-site preferences. “Sure, you can use a standard web browser, with standard features. But you didn't choose a standard software experience—you chose the Mac.” Includes RSS headline support.

Even if you're not a Mac user, it's worth reading through OmniWeb's features page just for the writing style!


[iCab Logo] Launched from obscurity as the first publicly-available browser to pass the Acid2 test (the first to pass was Safari, but only the in-development version), iCab 3 was the last modern web browser still built for Classic Mac OS through 2008. iCab 4 and later use the WebKit engine and are OS X-only.

iCab Mobile is also available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Linux/UNIX Browsers


[Konqueror Logo] Konqueror is the web browser and file manager for the KDE Desktop. This highly customizable browser gained more attention when Apple selected it as the basis for Safari. Konqueror is tightly integrated with other KDE applications such as Kontact/KMail for e-mail, Akregator for RSS feeds, etc. (Konqueror can also run under GNOME or other desktop environments.)


[Epiphany Logo] Epiphany is designed for simplicity and speed. Originally an offshoot of Galeon, it now uses WebKit like Safari and Chrome. Epiphany is the default web browser on the GNOME desktop, and will also run under other environments.

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