10 browsers for PCs you hardly knew existed

10 browsers for PCs you hardly knew existed

When it comes to personal computer browsers, it's not surprising that the products listed are in the top five of the world's most popular web viewers and have a huge army of admirers who sometimes don't even know about the existence of alternative solutions in the market, in their own way and even in their originals. It's the kind in the shadows that the browsers are dedicated to our material today. They all have open source codes and, despite a modest user audience, are actively supported by the developers.

♪ ♪ Brave ♪

Product site: Brave.com. Code base: Chromium. Supported platforms: Windows, machos, Linux, Android, iOS. Results of TML5test.com: 528 points.

The web viewer, developed with a view to ensuring confidentiality and privacy while working on the global network. Brave blocks trackers and website counters, removes obsessive advertising banners, puts ubiquitous monitoring systems under the knife, behavioral analysers, cookie files and JavaScript scripts that can identify the user. To be credible, the browser shows graphic statistics on blocked elements, which are supplemented by information on saved traffic and time for downloading pages.

There are many features in Brave and other features, such as a built-in kryptoskeleton, integration with a confidential Brave Search search engine, support for HTTPS Everyware, WebTorrent and a decentralized IPFS file system, similar to P2P networks. A separate reference is made to the client Tor, who is provided with a browser that allows online services to be used while hiding behind a distributed network of routers that deliver user information in such a way that it is not possible to determine at any point where or where the encrypted data is sent.


Product site: brow.sh. Code base: Firefox. Supported platforms: Windows, machos, Linux, FreeBSD. Results of TML5test.com: 466 points.

A web-based text browser with the full support of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, WebGL and even a video content that can be viewed in a pixel format only for the sake of sports interest. Working with Browsh requires a Firefox computer, the engine of which is used by a console browser for page reordering. The program is managed from a keyboard, supported by tabs, is able to create scripts of sites, as well as to modify the User-Agent option in case the resource is optimized to a specified browser. Browsh is unlikely to be suitable for day-to-day use, but a text web viewer can be useful for operating under low network capacity or traffic savings.


Product site: wiki.gnome.org/apps/web. Code base: WebKitGTK. Supported platforms: Linux. Results of the HTML5test.com test: 448 points.

The GNOME browser developed by the GNOME team, also known as the Epiphany code name, is positioned as an easy-to-use web observer developed in line with the GNOME philosophy, which provides a rational approach to the construction of workspace in Linux. This is why GNOME Web has nothing to do with, and the program interface has been implemented with proven asceticity and attention to small things. From the additional functions, we will note an integrated browser-blocked advertising and built-in orthography test tools that can be useful when completing web form on sites. There is support for PWA technology that allows you to launch web services inside the browser as normal on-line applications, without address lines and tabs.

*LibreWolf and Waterfox

Product sites: librewolf.net and waterfox.net. Code base: Firefox. Supported platforms: Windows, machos, Linux. Results of TML5test.com: 466 and 468 respectively.

Two conceptually similar and implemented browser ideas based on a reprocessed Firefox software code, from which all components can be traced to the user ' s actions are removed. LibreWolf and Waterfox do not link to Mozilla ' s services, do not have all kinds of identifiers, tags and telemetry collection, do not provide information and search tips to the address line, and support other network-activated unnecessary modules, all of which are removed in order to ensure maximum user confidentiality on the Internet. For security purposes, both web viewers include option settings that provide maximum security. In addition, DuckDuckGo, Searx and Qwant search engines that maintain confidentiality and do not track user preferences are used as a default.


Product site: minibrowser.org. Code base: Electron . Supported platforms: Windows, machos, Linux. HTML5test.com: 476 points.

A browser with a minimalist interface, the central element of which is an address line. It carries out almost all the actions with the program, be it the introduction of URL addresses, search on the Internet, open tabs and website history, as well as the management of the web viewer through a set of special commands. Despite its external simplicity, the filling of Min is quite serious: there is a blocker of advertising, behavioral trackers and images, there is support for the modification of the User-Agent and the creation of user scripts to change the behavior of the sites. In addition, the browser has the tools of the tab group and the built-in password manager.

♪ ♪ Nyxt

Product site: nyxt.atlas.englisher. Code base: WebKit and WebEngine , machos, Linux, BSD. Results of the TML5test.com test: 459 points.

A browser aimed at advanced users, researchers and web developers, who have an important role to play in monitoring the behavior of an Internet observer when processing network content. Nyxt allows any classes, methods, variables, functions to be reset, and "on-air" changes to the web server code. The browser is optimized to manage from the keyboard and supports an impressive set of teams to perform various operations and tasks. The tabs and user scripts are maintained. There is a built-in system for blocking advertising.

♪ ♪ Otter ♪

Product site: tter-browser.org. Code base: QtWebEngine. Supported platforms: Windows, machos, Linux. Results of the TML5test.com test: 361 points.

A project in which enthusiasts are trying to create a web observer for the opera 12 treatment, the latest "classical" version of the Norwegian browser, which still has a warm memory of nostalgic Internet Estetes. The success of the work in this direction can be seen in the following scripts. Let's add that Otter's functionality does not reach the original twelfth "oper" and, in its external resemblance, gives the impression of a "red" product, and indeed of supporting modern web standards, and is in the outside world. In general, it's an amateur affair. If you want to reverse the time and get something that really looks like an epic opera 12 browser, it's worth looking at the Vivaldi project, which is being developed by a team of developers under the guidance of the former co-founder of the Opera Software Yon Baseer.


Product site: quebrowser.org. Code base: QtWebEngine. Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD. Results of the HTML5test.com test: 472 points.

The tool for working on the global network, which is completely linked to the keyboard and the corresponding keyboard combinations. The latter number more than a hundred, and does not confuse it with a thoughtfully designed notebook designer, one view of which is sufficient to understand that Qutebrowser is for strong users. Brutalism gives the browser a minimalist interface with text blocks and a console with an impressive set of commands for progressive web surfing. Otherwise, Qutebrowser does not differ much from its fellow members: it supports tabs, it has an advertising blocker, a download manager, a PDF viewer, a private viewing mode and other common functions.

♪ SeaMonkey

Product site: seamonkey-project.org. Code base: Firefox. Supported platforms: Windows, machos, Linux. Results of TML5test.com: 435 points.

The product of the "all in one" series, which includes, in addition to the browser, an additional postal client with an address book, a news tape aggregate, IRC client, a calendar, a task planner and a web page editor. This is a universal "Swiss knife" for full Internet work and all kinds of tasks. In terms of the browser functions of SeaMonkey, there is virtually nothing different from the Firefox on which the product is based. The difference lies only in the classical organization of the interface that characterizes early versions of Mozilla's policy decisions.


You can argue for a long time about the relevance of the browsers presented in the survey. Some readers find them to be a platitude of Open Source solutions, others find something new and really important in them. However, all these browsers are a good example of how open software creates additional competition and, as a result, contributes to the development of software products.

Of course, in terms of audience coverage and capacity in the development of Min, Brave, GNOME Web, Browsh, as well as other noted web viewers are infinitely far from market mastodons, but each of them has its own raisins that separate them from a common set of same-type browsers, which is their main value.