10 Best Alternative Browsers For Ubuntu Linux

Firefox is the most popular Linux web browser, no doubt, but there are several alternative browsers too for Ubuntu, which meet some special requirements. Linux browser market is overflooded with loads of options and if you are looking to explore something new, other than Firefox, then you need to know what are the best options there around you. Here we have compiled a list of ten best alternative browsers for Ubuntu which might impress you.

1. Chromium:

It was released in 2008 and it’s the open source brother of Google’s Chrome browser. It has become a popular replacement for Firefox on Linux systems in a very short span of time. Chromium is included in Ubuntu repositories and you can also download it directly from Google. Canonical considers Chromium as the best replacement for Firefox on Ubuntu, but still, Firefox is the best till now.

2. Epiphany:

Epiphany is a GNOME based web browser which is fun to use and also quite simple. Its interface is well-designed and it complies with all modern standards. Epiphany is aimed at non-technical users and it’s very fast and can be translated in more than sixty languages. The open source web browser comes with support for extensions and some of them are quite great like Mouse Gestures, Tab Groups and Smart Bookmarks.

3. Opera:

Opera browsers are used by more than 350 million users across platforms including PCs, smartphones and tablets. The native Linux version can be downloaded from Opera’s website. There is a 32-bit and a 64-bit version. To install it on Ubuntu, you can opt for either the .deb file from the Ubuntu Software Centre or install it from the command line. Opera is packed with some interesting features like Speed Dial and Opera Link. Speed Dial lets you see the most visited sites while Opera Link lets you store bookmarks.

4. Elinks:

This is a text based browser which operates just like the classic Lynx browser. It gets launched inside a Terminal window and presents the text of websites, without any images, JavaScript or Flash. It’s a very useful browser for web developers to test their sites or to read information on sites which are full of annoying JavaScript and Flash ads.

5. Midori:

Midori is a fast and lightweight web browser which uses the Webkit rendering engine. It’s the default browser for Bdhi Linux and Elementary OS. It’s an open source web browser which has a clean and simple interface, and it works faster than other browsers. Midori has extensions like Adblock, form history, mouse gestures and cookie management. Midori is a very stable browser for daily use.

6. Arora:

It’s a lightweight cross-platform web browser based on Webkit technology. It has been developed by Qt toolkit and it boasts of a fast and powerful JavaScript engine. It can be translated in 30 languages and its highly useful features make it one of the best browsers for Ubuntu. Arora comes with some great features like ClicktoFlash plugin, privacy mode, session management, smart location bar etc.

7. Konqueror:

This is the original Webkit browser which has been there before Apple’s Safari. Apple liked KHTML and used it for Safari. Konqueror is not just a simple web browser but it has been also the KDE 3’s file and network browser. It requires lots of KDE libraries installed in the Ubuntu system.

8. Links 2:

This is a text based browser which supports basic images and JavaScript. If you are looking for a text based browser that supports images, Links is best for you.

9. Rekonq:

This is another webkit-based browser which is lightweight, based on KDE technologies too. It’s designed for KDE desktop and it works perfectly fine with Ubuntu. This open source browser comes with all essential features like tabbed browsing, ad-blocker, support for add-ons, proxy support and more. It’s rendered on the same engine like Chrome and Safari, and that’s why it displays all favourite websites without any problem.

10. QupZilla:

This is a fast Qt and Webkit based browser which can be worked across multiple operating systems. It has a simple interface which will look familiar even to new users. The browser is packed with options but it has nothing new or very unique in comparison to Firefox or Chromium. But overall it’s a solid browser.

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