Midori - a Lightweight WebKit Browser for Linux

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There are a couple of others (Konqueror, Epiphany), but the primary open source browser that you're likely to be using on Linux is Firefox.

Now don't get me wrong, Firefox is great for a lot of things. It is endlessly customisable and has ubiquitous support from website developers. It does have disadvantages too, however, including not exactly being the quickest beast out there.

WebKit is an open source browser engine (the code that does the heavy lifting inside your browser) that Apple made for its Safari browser. It is derived from the KHTML engine that was developed for Konqueror, but was reworked quite a bit by Apple and now various other third parties.

A lot of people prefer WebKit to Gecko (the engine behind Firefox). It's clean, fast and has a lot of different companies and organisations behind it. It's not just limited to Safari - it's in lots of mobile phone browsers, powers Google's Chrome browser and lots more.

Midori is a lightweight web browser for Linux built on top of WebKit. It doesn't have a load of features right now, but if you're looking for something that's quick, but has good compatibility with websites that don't play well in other alternative browsers like Konqueror, it's worth a look.

Midori showing the FOSSwire home page

Despite some of its limitations, Midori does have built in support for User Scripts (which you might know as Greasemonkey), a bookmark manager, a customisable search box and a few other features.

It won't be suitable for everyone, however, or perhaps for all your browsing needs. I didn't find a way to run Flash inside, which might put some people off. Despite that, if you want a browser that's very quick and very light, even if you don't use it full-time, seriously take a look at Midori.

If you're running the latest Ubuntu version, Intrepid Ibex, you'll be able to install Midori by searching in Add/Remove Programs. Alternatively, still trying searching in your package manager, or you can get the source code.

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Discussion: Midori - a Lightweight WebKit Browser for Linux

  1. jake (guest)

    # Posted on 26 November 2008 at 04:45 PM

    I prefer Arora.

  2. # Posted on 28 November 2008 at 04:29 AM

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  3. polarizer (guest)

    # Posted on 04 December 2008 at 04:20 PM

    Due the lack of an ad-blocker it's slower for me on many sites - cause all the advertising stuff takes its time.

    polarizers 2 cents

  4. Malcolm Bastien (guest)

    # Posted on 13 January 2009 at 09:16 PM

    It doesn't provide all the features or even works on some particular sites like Gmail (last I checked Google talk didn't work). But hopefully again with a later release that will be fixed.

    It does do Javascript noticeably faster than Firefox 3 on Linux thanks to the Webkit backend. I think people in a GTK environment would prefer to use Midori over Arora which is natively QT.

  5. Sebastian (guest)

    # Posted on 07 April 2009 at 02:12 PM

    I use Midori without problems with flash and java (for gmail) To get flash work just instal gnash and link to respectively location. Midori rocks.. ;)

  6. fooooo (guest)

    # Posted on 11 July 2009 at 01:29 PM

    Newer versions of Midori are importing all plugins from Mozilla. This means that flash, java and other workes without having to install anyhting, as long as you have a firefox/mozilla browser with those plugins installed.

    The real flaw is the lack of a password manager. Well done Midori, please fix the last point and i will be able to ditch gecko based browsers. This is what originally firebird^w firefox was supposed to be, a lightweight browser.

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