10 PC Browsers You Probably Didnt Know

10 PC Browsers You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

When it comes to browsers for PCs, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Opera immediately come to mind. No wonder: the products listed are in the top five the most popular web browsers in the world and have a huge army of admirers, who sometimes do not even know that there are alternative solutions on the market – interesting in their own way and even somewhat original. It is these browsers that are overshadowed that our today’s material is dedicated to. All of them are open source and actively supported by developers, despite a modest user audience.

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Image source: Mohamed Hassan / pixabay.com


Product Website: brave.com.
Code Base: Chrome.
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.
HTML5test.com results: 528 points (maximum allowed is 555).

A web browser designed to ensure confidentiality and privacy when working on the global web. Brave blocks trackers and website counters, removes intrusive ad banners, and puts under the knife ubiquitous monitoring systems, behavioral analytics, cookies, and JavaScript scripts that can identify the user. To make it more convincing, the browser shows visual statistics about blocked elements, supplemented with information about saved traffic and page loading time.

Brave also has many other special features. Among them: the presence of an integrated crypto wallet, integration with the privacy-oriented search engine Brave Search, support for HTTPS Everywhere, WebTorrent, and the IPFS decentralized file system, which works similarly to peer-to-peer P2P networks. Special mention should be made of the Tor client that comes with the browser, with which you can use online services, safely hiding behind a distributed network of routers that ensure the transmission of user information in such a way that at no point it can be determined where or where the encrypted data is sent.


Product Website: forehead.
Code Base: Firefox.
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 466 points.

A text-based internet browser with full support for HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, WebGL and even video content that can only be displayed in pixel format for sporting reasons. In order to work with Browsh, Firefox must be installed on your computer, the engine of which is used by the console browser to render pages. The program is controlled from the keyboard, tabs are supported, it is possible to take screenshots of sites, and also change the user-agent parameter in case the viewed resource is optimized for a specific browser. Browsh is hardly suitable for everyday use, but a text-based web browser can be useful for working with low network bandwidth or to save traffic.


Product Website: wiki.gnome.org/apps/web.
Code base: WebKitGTK.
Supported platforms: Linux.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 448 points.

A browser developed by the GNOME project team, also known by the codename Epiphany. It is positioned as a user-friendly web browser developed according to the philosophy of the GNOME community, which adopts a rational approach to creating a workspace in a Linux environment. For this reason, there is nothing superfluous in GNOME Web, and the program interface is implemented with proven asceticism and attention to detail. Among the additional functions we mention an ad blocker built into the browser and a built-in spell checker, which can be useful when filling out web forms on websites. There is support for PWA (Progressive Web Apps) technology, which allows you to run web services in the browser as normal native applications – without address bar and tabs.

LibreWolf and water fox

Product Websites: www.librewolf.net and waterfox.net.
Code Base: Firefox.
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 466 and 468 points respectively.

Two browsers that are similar in concept and execution, based on Firefox code that has been redesigned throughout and across the board, with all components that track user actions removed. LibreWolf and Waterfox are not tied to Mozilla services, there are not all kinds of identifiers, tags and telemetry collections, there are no information and search hints in the address bar, as well as support for other unnecessary modules that show network activity – all this is removed in order to ensure maximum privacy of users on the Internet. For more security, both web browsers contain optional settings that offer the highest level of protection. Additionally, DuckDuckGo, Searx, and Qwant search engines are enabled by default to protect privacy and not track user preferences.


Product Website: minbrowser.org.
Code Base: Electron (Chrome).
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 476 points.

A browser with a minimalist interface, the central element of which is the address bar. As a result, almost all actions are performed with the program, be it entering URLs, searching the Internet, using open tabs and browsing history, as well as managing a web browser through a set of special commands. Despite the outward simplicity, Min has quite a serious stuffing: there is an ad blocker, behavior tracker and images, it supports the ability to change the user agent and create custom scripts to change the behavior of websites. In addition, the browser has tools for grouping tabs and a built-in password manager.


Product Website: nyxt.atlas.engineer.
Code base: WebKit and WebEngine (Blink).
Supported Platforms: Windows (using Windows Subsystem for Linux, WSL), macOS, Linux, BSD.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 459 points.

A browser aimed at advanced users, researchers, and web developers who need to control Internet browser behavior when processing network content. With Nyxt, you can redefine or reconfigure any class, method, variable, and function, as well as make changes to the code that web servers compile on the fly. The browser is optimized for keyboard controls and supports an impressive array of commands to perform various operations and tasks. Supports working with tabs and custom scripts. There is a built-in ad blocking system.


Product Website: otter-browser.org.
Code base: QtWebEngine.
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 361 points.

A project in which enthusiasts are trying to create a web browser based on Opera 12 samples – the very latest “classic” version of the Norwegian browser, which nostalgic Internet aesthetes have not yet left warm memories of. How well the work is developing in this direction can be judged from the following screenshots. On our own behalf, we add that Otter does not come close to the original twelfth Opera in terms of functionality and, despite its external similarity, leaves the impression of a “raw” product and is an absolute outsider in terms of support for modern web standards. In general, crafts for an amateur. If you really want to turn back the clock and get something really similar to the pioneering Opera 12 browser, then you should take a closer look at the project Vivaldideveloped by a development team led by former Opera Software co-founder Jon von Tetzchner.


Product Website: qutebrowser.org.
Code base: QtWebEngine.
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 472 points.

A tool for working in the global network, the control of which is fully tied to the keyboard and the corresponding key combinations. There are more than a hundred of the latter, and careful creation by the developer will help not to get lost in them. memo, one look is enough to understand that Qutebrowser is for strong-willed users. Brutality gives the browser a minimalist interface with blocks of text and a console with an impressive command set for progressive web browsing. Otherwise, Qutebrowser is not much different from its counterparts: tabbed browsing is supported, there is an ad blocker, a download manager, a PDF viewer, a private browsing mode and other well-known features.

sea ​​monkey

Product Website: seamonkey-project.org.
Code base: Firefox.
Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux.
Test results from HTML5test.com: 435 points.

An all-in-one product that includes a browser, an email client with address book, a newsfeed aggregator (RSS / Atom), an IRC client, a calendar, a task scheduler and a web page editor. A kind of universal “Swiss Army Knife” for full-fledged work on the Internet and solving all kinds of problems. In terms of browser capabilities, SeaMonkey practically does not differ from Firefox, on which the product is built. The difference lies only in the classic organization of the user interface, which is characteristic of the early versions of Mozilla software solutions.


One can long and enthusiastically argue about the relevance of the browsers presented in the test. Some readers will consider them banal changes to the solutions available on the open source market, others will find something new and really important in them. Be that as it may, all these browsers are a clear example of how open source software creates additional competition and thereby contributes to the development of software products.

Of course, Min, Brave, GNOME Web, Browsh and other web browsers listed in the note are infinitely far from the mastodons of the market in terms of audience reach and development capabilities, but each of them has its own enthusiasm for it that distinguishes them from the general one Series of browsers of the same type. This is their main value.


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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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