Application highlights: Falkon open source web browser from KDE

Falkon is a web browser based on QtWebEngine, formerly known as Qupzilla. In this week’s “Application Highlights”, we take a look at this open source software.

Falkon: Open Source Web Browser for Linux (and Windows)

First, Falkon is not a new web browser. It has been under development since 2010, but it is called Qupzilla.

In 2017, QupZilla moved to KDE and changed its name to Falkon. Being under KDE protection means actively maintaining the project in accordance with KDE standards.

It uses QtWebEngine rendering engine-this is a simplified version of Chromium core.

In this article, I will take a closer look at the features it provides and how it differs from other major web browsers on Linux.

Falkon Browser Features

Thinking it might not be a popular browser, I did find enough features to browse modern web services.

Let me highlight the main features of Falkon, if you find it interesting, try it out.

Simple user interface

Falkon browser

I know this is not exactly a “feature”, but user experience (UX) is crucial. Despite being a lightweight browser, you have a nice interface here. You don’t think you are using a browser from the early 2000s.

AdBlock extension

Falcon Adebok

It comes with the AdBlock extension, which works well if you want to get rid of ads while browsing the site. You can also customize the behavior of the AdBlock extension.

DuckDuckGo default search engine

If you don’t like Google, it’s a good idea to have one of the privacy-oriented search engines as your default search engine.

Conference manager

Conference Manager Falkon

Falkon includes a useful session manager among the options available in the browser menu. You can use this method to revert specific recent sessions-this should come in handy.

Extended support

Falkon browser extension

It does support adding extensions, but you cannot add extensions from the Chrome / Firefox add-on market. You can only select one set of extensions.

Theme support

Falkon also allows you to customize the look to some extent. If you want to change the look of your browser, you can give it a try.

Falkon Browser Theme

Other basic settings

Falkon browser preferences

I also explored other settings / features, such as bookmarking or being able to manage passwords.

Or maybe manage notification visits to web pages.

Oh, I also tried using YouTube-no problem at all.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive review-but yes, Falkon does have all the basic options needed in a browser (unless you have specific requirements).

Install Falkon Browser

You can easily find Falkon browser in the software center.

If not, you can find the Flatpak / Snap package from its official download page. You can also find the Windows installer files on the download page.

Download Falkon Browser

wrap up

As a KDE product, Falkon is tailored for the KDE desktop environment. Some KDE distributions (such as OpenMandriva) use Falkon as the default web browser.

Falkon Browser is suitable for those who are looking for a lightweight and feature-rich Web browser. Another option worth seeing is Midori.

I think this is a good alternative browser-unless you need a lot of extensions, sync across platforms and need to visit some browser-specific websites.

What do you think of Falkon browser? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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