Top 5 Lightweight Web Browsers for Linux

Storage problems on your PC can become a serious cog in your machine if not addressed in time. This is why many professionals care about allocating storage in their system as it ensures their system survivability and optimal performance.

We often find that our system has an intended task that will use most of the storage, such as a system designed for games or heavy software applications. In such cases, we have to account for each megabyte and limit the amount of other resources.

In this article, we’ll walk you through some lightweight browsers that make it easy to save your repository and accomplish the intended networking task of Ubuntu.

1. Browser Pale Moon

Pale Moon Browser is an open source browser that was built entirely for scrap metal and focused on storage optimization and ease of use.

The browser is still active and relatively lightweight compared to others in its league. It has low-level APIs, superior gradients and fonts, improved security indicators including locks, and more, as described on the MainPage. It promises stability and offers its users various extensions for many options.

You can load Pale Moon Browser in Ubuntu by entering the following commands.

Add repository to Ubuntu 20.04.

echo 'deb
https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/stevenpusser/xUbuntu_20.04/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:stevenpusser.list

Download repository key:

wget –O -https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:stevenpusser/xUbuntu_20.04/Release.key | sudo apt-key add –

And to set the pale moon, enter the following:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install palemoon

2. Midori

Midori Browser is a light, fast, free and open source web browser. The browser is made in a minimalistic design that provides users with a convenient and easy-to-use interface.

Midori uses the WebKit rendering engine, which was originally written in C and GTK2, but has been rewritten in Vala and GTK3. It comes preinstalled on Linux distributions such as Manjaro, Bodhi, Trisquel, and Elementary OS Freya.

The browser supports HTML5 and comes with standard features such as bookmark, tab and window management, and customizable web search.

DuckDuckGo is the default search engine in the browser and is a great search engine for those who realize that most search engines are aware of “user profiling”. On top of that, Midori also includes spell checking and extensions such as ad blockers. Midori can be installed on Linux in the following ways:

Installing Midori with apt

Open Terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install midori

Install Midori with a snap

Open Terminal and run the following command:

sudo snap install midori

If you don’t have snapd installed, first install it using the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install snapd

After installing the snap-in, you can install Midori using the command above.

3. Falkon

Falkon is a free and open source web browser based on QtWebEngine. It was formally known as Quipzilla; it was educationally oriented but evolved into Falcon after gaining popularity and diversity. It is available on all platforms like Linux and Windows.

Although Falkon is a lightweight browser, it has features commonly found in popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox…

Some of the more notable features include Operasuch as the speed dial home page, feeds, bookmarks, options to change the browser theme, and the built-in ad blocker plugin. Falkon can be installed on Linux in the following ways:

Installing Falkon with apt

Open a terminal window and run the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install falkon

Install Falkon using a snap

Alternatively, Falkon can also be installed using Snap if enabled. Start Terminal and enter the following command:

sudo snap install falkon

4. Otter Browser

Otter Browser is an open source browser based on the principle of “make the best of Opera 12″. Developed using the Qt Framework and released under the GNU GPL v3, it is a fast, lightweight and feature-rich web browser.

Some of its notable features are password manager, content blocking, customizable GUI, URL completion, spell checker, speed typing, bookmarks, mouse gestures, and custom stylesheets.

Some of the major planned features include tab grouping, extension support, form autocomplete, email client, and BitTorrent module.

Otter Browser can be installed on various Linux distributions. There are several ways to do this below.

Install Otter Browser Using AppImage

This is the easiest way to install Otter Browser on multiple distributions. Download the latest AppImage package from the official SourceForge project. After downloading the package, you need to make it executable. To do this, in GNOME, right-click the downloaded file, go to the Properties tab, and select the Allow this file to run as a program check box. Now double click the package to launch the browser.

Install Otter Browser with Distribution-Specific Packages

The browser can also be installed on various distributions using its package managers and repositories. For a complete list of official and unofficial packages, visit the Otter browser Github and follow the browser installation instructions for your specific distribution.

5. Netsurf

Netsurf is a lightweight cross-platform Internet browser written in C. It has its own linking mechanism and is licensed under the GPL v2. Some of its key features include HTTPS support, hotlist (bookmarking) manager, URL completion, highlighting on search as you type, and a fast and light layout and rendering engine.

Netsurf can be installed in the following ways:

Install Netsurf with pacman

For Arch Linux and its derivatives, it can be installed via pacman by running the following command in Terminal:

sudo pacman –S netsurf

Install Netsurf by building from source

For other distributions, it must be compiled from source. The source code and building instructions can be found at this link.

Some other browsers deserve attention

Below are some honorable mentions that may have what you are looking for:

  • Ice Dragon Browser: Developed by a cybersecurity company and as a result, low malware levels, this lightweight browser has its own virtual container, which means it does not interact directly with your system.
  • Qutebrowser: This lightweight browser is python-based and as lightweight as it gets. It is a keyboard based browser with a minimal GUI. It is available on several Linux distributions.
  • GNOME-web: This browser is officially known as Epiphany; This browser is for Linux users who want a lightweight browser without sacrificing appearance. It has a great graphical interface and low RAM consumption. Inspired by Safari, it is also available on several Linux distributions.

Conclusion

Today we can have flawless hardware that allows us to run applications such as Chrome and Firefox… 50 years ago, this was not possible. But we often need to reserve storage for more important tasks, and these lightweight utilities can be critical to keeping our system running smoothly. Moreover, these browsers are mostly free and you can look at their source codes to help yourself and learn how browsers work.

We hope we can clarify your decision and you got what you were looking for after reading this article.