The Ultimate List of Browsers

There was a time when many thought the browser wars were over. Thankfully, that was not the case. Thanks to the resurgence of Mozilla and Firefox earlier in the decade, computer users today have an extensive list of browsers to choose from.

We’ve rounded up them into a nice list, categorized by operating system.

Cross Platform

Several of the bigger names in the browser world have spent time focusing on delivering their product to multiple operating systems. This helps them lead the way — in fact, many of the browsers available are built on the underlying technology of one of the big names like Mozilla or Webkit.

Windows, Mac or Linux users have the majority of these browsers available to them.

The browser that refueled the browser wars.

The browser that refueled the browser wars.

Firefox

After years of no innovation in the browser space, Mozilla started from scratch — Firefox was the result. And now users have no shortage of browsers to choose from, partly due to the work of the Mozilla foundation.

Apple's venture into this arena, Safari is fast.

Now available on Windows and OS X.

Safari

Apple’s venture into this arena, Safari is fast. Originally created so Apple could remove Internet Explorer for Mac from their computers, Safari is based on open source software and is one of the fastest browsers available.

Google wants their own browser as well.

Google wants their own browser as well.

Chrome

Google entered this arena and many speculated it was so they could build their operating system. With the announcements of the Google OS earlier this year, this seems to be true.

The red-headed stepchild of the browser world, Opera is underappreciated.

The red-headed stepchild of the browser world.

Opera

Opera is a strange bird in the browser world. It has a strong feature set and performs decently when compared to the other big names. But for some reason, it has never really caught on and sees minimal usage on any operating system.

The evolution of the Mozilla Application Suite.

The evolution of the Mozilla Application Suite.

SeaMonkey

Another project from the Mozilla Foundation, Seamonkey is the product formerly known as the Mozilla Application suite. The web browser is at the core, but it also offers an email client, IRC chat, and HTML editing.

Built on Firefox, Flock is focused on the social web.

Flock is focused on the social web.

Flock

Another browser built on Firefox’s Gecko rendering engine, Flock is aimed at heavy social web users. It has key integration features with many popular web services like Flickr and Twitter.

Mozilla's foray into the world of SSB's (single site browsers).

Mozilla's foray into the world of SSB's.

Prism

Thanks to the popularity of Fluid, the concept of Single Site Browsers (SSB) has gained a lot of popularity. The idea is that a lot of people were using one or more web applications all day, every day.

Rather than have those apps as just another tab amongst all the other tabs in your browser, SSB’s allow you to run your apps in their own window. This also helps when your browser crashes because you have more than 20 tabs loaded — your web app is protected in its own environment.

And Prism is Mozilla’s entry in this space.

Windows

If Firefox, Safari, Opera or Chrome don’t suit your fancy, there are other options available for Windows users. Obviously, there is the browser packaged in the operating system, and the majority of Windows users are happy with Internet Explorer.

But there are other options for users of this platform. These listed here are all based on Internet Explorer technology.

After years of inactivity, Microsoft has produced 2 new versions in the last 3 years.

Internet Explorer 8 is a big improvement over IE6.

Internet Explorer

After years of inactivity, Microsoft has produced 2 new versions in the last 3 years. Although some would say they are still behind in the race, there are encouraging signs that Redmond is starting to care about web standards.

An option focused on security.

An option focused on security.

Deepnet Explorer

One of the earliest browsers to feature anti-phishing technology, Deepnet Explorer uses the same redering engine as Internet Explorer.

Avant also piggyback's on the users install of IE.

Avant also piggyback's on the users install of IE.

Avant

Another browser that uses the Trident layout engine, Avant is intended to offer a more useful experience than Internet Explorer on Windows.

One of the more solid options for Windows users, Maxthon supports the trident and gecko rendering engines.

Probably the most solid option on Windows outside of the big names.

Maxthon

One of the more solid options for Windows users, Maxthon supports the Trident and Gecko rendering engines. It’s next version is switching from Gecko to WebKit.

OS X

Since Apple joined in on the browser wars by dumping Internet Explorer for Mac and building their own browser, they have focused on speed and ease of use (like so much of what they do). But many Mac users don’t like Safari because of its lack of features.

Luckily, the browsers available to OS X are some of the most unique browsers available. Mac users have it good in this regard.

Firefox's little brother on OS X, Camino is a lightweight, fast browser.

Firefox's little brother on OS X, Camino is a lightweight, fast browser.

Camino

Built on the Gecko rendering engine, Camino was intended to be a more ‘native’ application than Firefox on OS X. And it is. Rather than use Firefox’s XUL-based GUI, Camino uses OS X’s native Cocoa APIs.

It’s a very fast option for Mac users.

Based on WebKit, Shiira is one of the most innovative browsers available.

A unique option on the Mac.

Shiira

Based on WebKit, Shiira was once of the most innovative browsers available. The interface offered a lot of touches that are now more common amongst Mac applications. It’s still being worked on, but seems to have fallen behind somewhat.

An early innovator on the Mac.

An early innovator on the Mac.

OmniWeb

OmniWeb was an early innovator amongst Mac browsers. Once Apple produced its own browser, it seemed like the Omni Group read the writing on the wall and eventually announced that OmniWeb was free. But they are still working on improving the product.

Another option for Mac users, iCab was one of the first browsers to pass the Acid3 test.

An early innovator on the Mac.

iCab

Another option for Mac users, iCab was one of the first browsers to pass the Acid3 test.

Stainless is a work in progress, but it's developers have some interesting ideas.

iCab - built from the Crystal Atari Browser.

Stainless

Stainless is a work in progress, but it’s developers have some interesting ideas. Originally intended as an experiment to mimic Google’s Chrome, Stainless is now being developed as a full fledged browser.

Stainless’ unique feature is “parallel sessions”, allowing multiple logins to the same website via cookies private to each tab or window.

SSB for the Mac.

SSB for the Mac.

Fluid

Like Prism, Fluid is an SSB for OS X. It has made the single site browser concept extremely popular is used for running web apps in their own environment.

Linux

Lastly, we have the Linux crowd. As mentioned above, Linux users can use several of the more mainstream browsers that are available on other platform. But most Linux distributions have a packaged browser that more than gets the job done.

Whether using the Gnome or KDE desktops, Linux users have solid browser options as well.

 A core part of the K Desktop Environment (KDE).

A core part of the K Desktop Environment (KDE).

Konqueror

A web browser and a file manager, Konqueror is an integral part of KDE. It uses the open source KHTML as its rendering engine — the KHTML that was forked at one point to create WebKit.

Another option for Gnome users.

One of the first lean browsing options for Gnome users.

Galeon

Intended to focus only on the web, Galeon was created early this decade as an alternative to the multipurpose options of Internet Explorer, Netscape and Mozilla browsers.

Galeon is no longer in active development.

A fork of Galeon.

A fork of Galeon.

Epiphany

An early descendant of the Galeon browser, Epiphany was intended for the Gnome desktop. Like Camino for OS X, it uses the Gecko rendering engine, but does not use the Mozilla XUL interface. Rather, it uses an integrated Gnome front end.

Swiftfox is a Firefox alternative for Linux.

Swiftfox is a Firefox alternative for Linux.

Swiftfox

This option was built to optimize Intel and AMD processors. It is Linux only and is based on Firefox. Its purpose is to address the speed complaints aimed at Firefox.

Also only available for Linux.

Also only available for Linux.

Swiftweasel

Also built on Firefox, Swiftweasel is also optimized for certain architectures. The difference from Swiftfox is that Swiftweasel is completely open source.

Too Much Choice?

We don’t think so. Although there are a lot of options for web surfers today, we’re way better off than we were earlier this decade. And the fact is, the majority of us will use one of the main browsers anyways.

But competition is a good thing. These developers are continually working to keep up with one another — and that’s good news for the rest of us.


  • Arania Jain

    Great list. Never new about so many choices available for Linux, though Chrome and Safari are yet to be released for Linux. I recently found Midori (http://www.twotoasts.de/index.php?/pages/midori_summary.html), a WebKit based browser for Linux

    Regards

  • Dan Turkel

    You guys forgot a nice new one for Mac based on Safari. It’s called Plainview nad it’s meant for full screen browsing. It’s a recent fav of mine.

    • http://web.appstorm.net Chris Bowler

      Thanks for the tip Dan. I just read about that one on Minimal Mac this morning. Nice idea there.

  • Fabio

    Nice list! The browser war has become one of the most heated debate over the Internet! Very interesting!

    One correction: “But many Mac users don’t lack Safari because of its lack of features”. Shouldn’t it be like?

    • http://web.appstorm.net Chris Bowler

      Ah, nice catch. Updated!

  • http://www.newyorkcity-personalinjury.com/ New York City Personal Injury Lawyer

    Great post. Competition really does breed great results for consumers. Personally, I stick to firefox, but it’s nice to know that there are other browsers out there helping to keep things up to date.

  • http://adamnbowen.com Adam

    And the winner for absolute prettiest logo is Shiira… too bad it seems on the way to dying…

  • http://www.nouveller.com/ Benjamin Reid

    I use Firefox (on a PC) at work and Safari (on a Mac) at home for ‘general browsing’. I’m probably going to switch to Chrome on my Mac when it comes out of beta.

    A good roundup, even more browsers to test websites in. ;)

  • Dave

    A nice list, you forgot to mention Ti-Took (titook.net). A safe browsing environment with a built-in web browser based on Google Chrome.

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  • John Maddy

    i think internet explorer is the best,.

    • b moore

      Yeah, IE is good , but now I can’t access my yahoo email the pages are blank and the ads don’t appear when it does load it always tell me error on page. Help suggest that i choose another browser and I don’t have a clue about this. Will any browser in windows help my get my yahoo mail?

  • heavenfall

    i don’t see Cometbird here…
    and the Wyzo…

    Nice collection anyway…

    hope to see the updated list soon

    Thanks for the knowledge….

  • Rafe

    Found a larger list at http://www.multibrowsers.com

  • ankur

    i think firefox is good

  • Dhinesh

    Nice collection

  • S

    good information!

  • Redwaller

    Not sure if this will be seen or not, but Flock is no longer an available option. The closest replacement I’ve seen is RockMelt.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Yup, Flow is gone. Thanks for the comment and recommendation!

  • Rajesh Roshan

    good knowledge about so many browsers , thanks

  • http://sugar-baby.org/ Jennifer

    I thought that this was the ultimate list? There are like 50 other browsers you’re not even listing here. :/

  • simon martin

    This looked good for making a slideshow of screenshots

  • Toby R.

    There is a browser also called k-melon not on this list…. it’s not very popular but is a decent choice.

  • pMJ

    am using Chrome and Firefox ..but want another browser for personal use .. it should be safe and fast ..any suggestions ?

  • sanjana

    hey guysss..
    check out rockmelt!!
    its awesome!!

  • umang mattar

    And the winner for absolute prettiest logo is safari & crome

  • Rowell

    The browser omni is very fashionate and i love it…

  • http://www.fenrir-inc.com/us/ Damien Golding

    Still more to be added.

    Please add Sleipnir to the list.

    Even though it uses a Nordic name, it is actually from Japan.

  • princess zeenah

    i think opera is the best choice for youngster but still other Browsers are not less.

  • 7mnaveen

    wow nice list and very nice browsers its interstning wow

  • malathi

    we need more name of the browsers and the details about that

  • Dee

    hey guys! need a good browser for, web-QA browsing that has its full compatibility testing.

  • http://www.visitskerala.in/ Noel

    Great post.I never knew about all these browser list, Nice collection Thanks for sharing ….

  • Zac

    Why the hell are IE and safari on this list? They suck the only good thing about them is you can use them to get a better browser like chrome or Firefox.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Safari’s actually very good, and its core (Webkit) is the core of Chrome and most mobile browsers.

  • Sarah

    You forgot RockMelt… It’s a really cool broswer. ._.

  • umair

    Good list

  • http://www.slimbrowser.net Steve Johnson

    Please add SlimBrowser from http://www.slimbrowser.net/en/ and SlimBoat from http://www.slimboat.com. Both are very cool and feature-rich browsers.

  • ATUME TITUS

    The list is cool but should be updated. Thanks.

  • lal

    Chrome rules the world

  • kael espanola

    nice!

  • rituverma

    Mozilla is world best browser…..

  • jenny mirandilla

    tnx..4 d info,,,,
    i really lyK it

  • muzzamil jawad

    mozzilla is the best fastest browser

  • joel manish

    Nobody CAN FIND FOR ME the browser I had when I first started on the internet, it was great, had icons, EMOTOCONS you could leave VOICE MESSAGES /recordings real cool now we are so sophisticated we must type everything, AND peck away on the keyboard like a damn stupid pidgin, are we de-evolving ? ?????? jm

  • Connor

    In all honesty I’m a huge fan of Opera for Windows. I find that is has the reach I need to connect my facebook, twitter, and email all without me having a tab open for them. but that is just my opinion.

  • kazamaandrew

    i am looking for a fastest browser that shows an allow on top when clicking on the any media…. can you guys help me find it please?

  • daniel parker

    Im looking for all the google browsers

  • Nathan Brook

    I think Mozilla and Google Chrome is best for all user.but Mozilla firefox more secure than Google chrome.

  • Jaime Rafael Ribalonga

    wheres rockmelt?

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