10 Web Browsers You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Jan 10 2010 by Cameron Chapman | 158 Comments

Firefox. Internet Explorer. Chrome. Safari. Opera. We’ve pretty much all heard of them by now. They’ve been fighting for market share for the past few years (Internet Explorer has been fighting for it for a lot longer than that), and it’s unlikely any of them will ever come out the absolute winner. They try to be all things to all people. And that’s great.

Except…

What if you’re looking for a browser that does just the things you want to do online? What if you’re sick of all the browser-war hubub and want something that’s truly unique and different (and, maybe, works better than the mainstream options)? What then?

10 Web Browsers You Probably Haven't Heard Of

Well, there’s good news. There are more than a dozen excellent alternative browsers out there if you’re looking for something distinctive. Below are ten such web browsers, along with why you might want to consider using them.

1. Stainless

Stainless

Stainless is a browser created in response to Google Chrome. It utilizes multi-processing architecture like Chrome (which, at the time of inception, wasn’t available for OS X), but also has some excellent features not found in other browsers. One of the most interesting features is the ability to log into one website using two different accounts in separate tabs.

Why you should consider it: The ability to log into a site with different credentials in different tabs makes this an excellent option for many. It’s especially useful if you have, say, work-related Gmail accounts and personal Gmail accounts.

Current release version: 0.7.5

Operating systems supported: OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard.

2. Maxthon

Maxthon

Maxthon is a highly configurable browser that places an emphasis on security. It has a built-in Ad Hunter that blocks most ads, as well as security features to prevent spyware, malware, and viruses. It lets you fully customize your browsing experience (you can choose between using menus, hot keys, word aliases, toolbars, or mouse gestures, plus there are more than 1,400 plug-ins to add functionality). It has filters available to block irritating or offensive content.

Other Maxthon features include a built-in screen capture tool, URL aliases for faster surfing, a built-in feed reader, an online favorites service, advanced proxy rules, and an anti-freeze feature.

Why you should consider it: If you want a customizable browser, Maxthon might be what you’re looking for; it’s built specifically for power users. Between plugins, skins, filter packs, and other customizable features, it truly lets you personalize your browsing experience. For parents concerned about their children’s’ activities online, the filters for blocking content can be reassuring.

Current release version: 2.5.11 (the Classic Version is also available: 1.6.5)

Operating systems supported: Windows

3. Sleipnir

Sleipnir

Sleipnir is very popular in Japan with a majority share in the country. It’s a profoundly customizable browser that maintains speed and performance despite customizations. There are skins and plugins available for it, letting you change the design and settings of the browser to suit your needs. And as all good browsers should, it stresses on security and usability, and allows for tabbed browsing.

Why you should consider it: Sleipnir is an option if you want a highly customizable browsing experience.

Current release version: 2.9.2

Operating systems supported: Windows 98 and newer

4. Swiftfox

Swiftfox

Swiftfox is an optimized build of Firefox that’s faster and more cutting edge than the regular Firefox distribution. It works with Firefox plugins, making it remarkably extensible. The overall user interface is similar to Firefox, but is a bit more minimalist and clutter-free. Most other features are in line with what Firefox has to offer.

Why you should consider it: If you love Firefox but want something faster and lighter, then Swiftfox is your best bet.

Current release version: 3.5.6

Operating systems supported: Linux

5. Lunascape

Lunascape

Lunascape is the world’s first and only triple engine browser. That’s right: it’s a hybrid browser that runs on Gecko, Trident, and WebKit. It supports plugins and add-ons from Firefox, Internet Explorer, as well as their own plugin platform. It’s touted to be faster and lighter than many other browser options.

Why you should consider it: If you find yourself constantly switching back and forth between browsers (either for cross-browser testing of web designs or because of add-ons available only to Firefox or Internet Explorer), Lunascape is a perfect fit for you.

Current release version: 6.0.1

Operating systems supported: Windows

6. Konqueror

Konqueror

Konqueror combines web browsing, local and remote file management, and a universal viewing app that lets you view documents without having to launch other programs. It’s open source and HTML 4.01 compliant. It embraces Netscape plugins (like those for Flash or RealVideo). Konqueror also has a built-in FTP and WebDAV support.

Why you should consider it: If you’re a Linux user who wants a browser that can multitask, then Konqueror is definitely something to look into. It’s especially useful for those who want to be able to manage files right from within their browser.

Operating systems supported: Linux

7. SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey is developed by Mozilla and is an "all-in-one" internet suite of apps. While the browser within SeaMonkey is pretty standard (and not unlike Firefox), what sets it apart is that it has integrated email, newsgroups, an HTML editor, IRC Chat, and web development tools. The mail feature offers tabbed reading and supports tagging and alternate views for better email finding and reading. The HTML editor renders CSS and gives you dynamic image and table resizing. For web developers, you can take advantage of the JavaScript debugger and a DOM inspector.

Why you should consider it: For developers and designers, SeaMonkey has a plethora of useful built-in features. It’s also a great option for people who like to run the bare minimum number of apps.

Current release version: 2.0.1

Operating systems supported: Windows 2000 and newer, Mac OS X 10.4 and newer, and Linux.

8. OmniWeb

OmniWeb

OmniWeb is a WebKit browser created by the same people who created OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner. It aims to be fun and easy to use (like other Omni products) and shares a similar user interface. It has all the standard browser features we’ve come to expect (including tabbed browsing, bookmarks, and ad blocking), but also includes Workspaces, which lets you save browsing sessions to open later and includes an auto-save option and a built-in RSS reader.

Why you should consider it: For Mac users who want a browser that’s efficient and easy to use, OmniWeb might be just what you’re looking for. It’s appropriate for power users too, and the Workspaces feature is especially handy.

Current release version: 5.0.1

Operating systems supported: Mac OS X 10.4.8 or newer

9. Camino

Camino

Think of Camino as a Firefox build specifically for Macs, built on the Gecko 1.9 rendering engine. It includes phishing and malware protection, tabs (including a tab overview function that lets you see all your open tabs at once), "annoyance blocking" (which blocks ads, pop-ups, and Flash animations), Keychain support (to save your browsing credentials), and download notifications. It also includes AppleScript support, feed detection, session saving, recently closed tabs, and full keyboard access.

Why you should consider it: Camino is a great browser for Mac users who like Firefox but want something built specifically for the Mac.

Current release version: 2.0

Operating systems supported: Mac OS X 10.4 or newer

10. Flock

Flock

Flock is probably better known than many of the other browsers above, especially if you’re a social media addict. Flock was created specifically to make managing your social media activities easier from within your browser.

Flock focuses on staying connected through social media by making sharing and publishing things easier. It integrates directly with Facebook, Gmail, Digg, YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Delicious, Bebo, TypePad, Picasa, and more. Special features include a People sidebar, a Media bar (to browse photos and videos from your favorite sites), a built-in feed reader, a photo uploader, a blog editor, and more. There are also extensions and custom themes available for download.

Why you should consider it: Flock is a great choice for social media power users who want to be able to connect with all their social media accounts from one place.

Current release version: 2.5

Operating systems supported: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

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About the Author

Cameron Chapman is a professional web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience in the industry. She’s also written for numerous blogs such as Smashing Magazine and Mashable. You can find her personal web presence at Cameron Chapman On Writing. If you’d like to connect with her, check her out on Twitter.

158 Comments

JK@techtrickz

January 10th, 2010

Thanks for the share. A few of them are new to me.

Diane Bourque

January 10th, 2010

I have Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Flock installed on my MAC. I use them for different purposes. I love Firefox for its numerous Webmaster tools. I love Safari to quickly update my WordPress Blog. I love Chrome for its speed. And I love Flock for my social networking updates.

Thanks for this post – didn’t know about many of these. I might check them out.

And by the way, I hate Internet Explorer. I have it on one of my PCs but this browser causes so many headaches for web developpers. If you are using Internet Explorer, please start using Firefox or Safari – you’ll then reach Web Heaven!

Kuldeep

January 10th, 2010

Thanks for the article!
I had no idea about these browsers but now i guess, i have a choice to look for a browser which suits my needs.

Eric Grint

January 10th, 2010

Awesome post :)

libeco

January 10th, 2010

I have been using Maxthon for years. I have always really liked it until the last year. A lot of annoying features and bugs were introduced. It was so serious for me, that for the first time in years I tried other browsers. Haven’t found anything which even closely resembles the Maxthon user ecperience, so for now I have to stick with it. I will try out some of the browsers in this list though. Thanks!

Simon Sigurdhsson

January 10th, 2010

How unfortunate that you left out Midori, probably the best Webkit-based browser for Linux.

Doc

January 10th, 2010

The biggest problem with Maxthon is it’s a wrapper around IE, the worst browser on the planet.

Murlu

January 10th, 2010

I’ve tested out a couple of these browsers, I like them and it’s nice to see some specialization instead of trying to appeal to the mass crowd of net users.

Lunascape looks pretty amazing using the three engines, I’ll have to give that one a try.

Matt Lewsley

January 10th, 2010

Certainly hadn’t heard of any of these, but some of them look worth trying! Thanks for sharing :)

Grant

January 10th, 2010

I’m going to give Luna a try. It looks awesome! Had heard of most of the others though!

Tom Dringer

January 10th, 2010

A very nice article! Thanks for including Linux browers too!

Long Nguyen

January 10th, 2010

Next to Chromium, I use Stainless quite a bit. It’s basically Safari, but faster.

Daniel15

January 10th, 2010

Nice post! I knew about a few of these, but not all of them. Might try a few out :).

FYI, the “workspaces” feature of OmniWeb is also available in Opera, but it’s called “sessions”

Nachtmeister

January 10th, 2010

Ah c’mon. Default KDE Browser Konqueror? Never heard? :P

Patrick

January 10th, 2010

Nice article, could be better if you had actually used an up-to-date screenshot of konqueror, and mentioned a few more interesting linux browsers like arora or rekonq or epiphany.

Landish

January 10th, 2010

Why should I use one of these, when exists Firefox? : )
But, it’s great anyway! : )

Vladimir Remenar

January 10th, 2010

Lunascape just might become my first browser!

Thank you for this extremely useful information!

Stork

January 10th, 2010

People! Stop making browsers! :) I think two or three is more than enough. By the way, Internet Explorer is a good browser! Don’t hate it, learn to work with it.

Tantuj

January 10th, 2010

Great post , thanks cameron,
I liked and would definitely try lunascape and stainless.

chicqgs

January 10th, 2010

Maxthon is familiar to Chinese

Eric

January 10th, 2010

I’m glad you also mentioned Maxthon.
It’s a browser I’ve been using since 2002 or so and the first thing I install after a re-installation of Windows.

And as an IT-guy, I’m very surprised none of my colleagues or co-workers I get in touch with know of it either.

Awesome post and keep on spreading the love for Maxthon!!!:)

Tutorijali HDonWEB

January 10th, 2010

I knew only one “SeaMonkey” :-) rest of them are new to me

aditia

January 10th, 2010

maybe you forgot to mention wyzo http://www.wyzo.com/ and spacetime3D http://www.spacetime3d.com/

Rob Edwards

January 10th, 2010

I’ve heard of Camino and Flock before, never any of the others. Swiftfox looks good.

–Rob

RocketyFresh

January 10th, 2010

I have Safari, Firefox, Flock, Camino and Wyzo on my MAC. Each of them serve a different purpose. I enjoy them all they all get their use.

I do need to get Chrome though and I may check out Stainless. Enjoyed the post!

I agree with Diane Bourque: Drop Internet Explorer and use Firefox or Safari – Please!

App Sheriff

January 10th, 2010

I have heard of SeaMonkey..all the rest are new :)
Thanks for the rest.

George Fragos

January 10th, 2010

Interesting article, definitely covered some browsers I wasn’t familiar with. I know you had to cut off somewhere but I find Gnome’s Epiphany browser very fast and capable. I use it when developing sites. I like that I can view source in Gedit and have both a browser and edit window open at the same. When working with a site on my hard disk I save in Gedit it reloads in Epiphany. We all have our favorites.

hamish

January 10th, 2010

thanks
I would like to add that i’m viewing this webpage on skyfire which lets your wm6 device handle the web/youtube/gmail/twitter a bit better

Violet Caren

January 10th, 2010

2010 …The Year of Options!
LoVe iT!

ThatWebGuy

January 10th, 2010

A few of these are new to me as well. I wonder if we will ever get to the point where we only need one browser. If only MS would give up on the browser game…

Anand

January 10th, 2010

I’m impressed with this review, If this other browser become big in the market, looks like i have to make my web development work compatible to the other browsers, unless they obey the Consortium standards, Lets see what happens..

Douchebag

January 10th, 2010

So no uzbl, surf, kmeleon, dillo, command line browsers (links, lynx, elinks, w3m) epiphany or telnet?
I think your list is a little short…

J.R. LeMar

January 10th, 2010

Haven’t heard of most of those. I primarily use Flock, because I am on a lot of Social Networking sites, but also have IE, Firefox, and Chrome on my computer currently. Haven’t heard of most of those others. STAINLESS looks like one I would like to try, but I don’t have a Mac.

painthappy

January 10th, 2010

k-meleon

Now that is a great browser that I’ve come to love but needs more support from coders! Fast and fun.

Meyithi

January 10th, 2010

No mention of Uzbl or Midori?

Pax

January 10th, 2010

Excellent article! I know that there are many others out there but you provided a fairly good list of quality alternatives while trying to cover multiple OSes.

I’m on a netbook and had settled on Opera as the best overall solution for my needs. I’m going to download and work with SwiftFox now to see if it’s overall speed is comparable to Opera. Miss the plugins…

Metin Ucar

January 10th, 2010

6 out of 10 :)
good compilation, btw.

Angela

January 10th, 2010

The first one and SeaMonkey I have heard off and used, the others are all new to me, and I agree with one of the posters comments, please for the love of the internet stop using IE lol and use Firefox, safari, even Chrome.

Alicia

January 10th, 2010

Firefox is my primary browser because of its developer tools but I appreciate and crave Safari’s speed a couple of hours into the work day.  Unfortunately Firefox is heavy even with minimal add-ons installed.
I love Chrome’s clean and simple interface and speed but the lack of developer features and add-on options make it a no-go for daily use.
I love trying new browsers and will try out a couple of these in the next few days.  There’s something satisfying about switching up my browser selection every once in a while.

SHAHID

January 10th, 2010

incredible information, glad that other web browsers exist, so the end users will consider these browsers as well thanks

Brad

January 10th, 2010

I have heard of all of these! Huzzah :) As for anyone with a Mac thinking about Stainless, I highly reccommend it!

mace

January 10th, 2010

Some interesting browsers have existed in the past. One of them was iCab for MacOS, then of course there were sevaral more qurious browsers like Amaya (frim W3C) that had a read-only web/read-write web -toggle button and it was a combined web authoring, publishing and surfing software.

Jose Garcia

January 10th, 2010

What rendering engine do most of these browsers use?

RussellUresti

January 11th, 2010

Nice list. I’ve been meaning to check out Lunascape to see how it’s functionality works. Too bad it doesn’t exist for Mac, I work as a web developer on a Mac and would love a tool that allowed me to test Gecko/Trident/WebKit.

For these browsers, you mentioned a few of their rendering engines specifically (those based off Gecko like Camino or WebKit like OmniWeb), but what about the rendering engines of Stainless, Maxthon, Sleipnir, etc?

TinMan

January 11th, 2010

I’ve been using Arora on Linux and Windows.
http://code.google.com/p/arora/

pb

January 11th, 2010

uh…Iron? Hello?

Rabi

January 11th, 2010

I like this psot. i am going to download Lunascape because it attract me more then all

Graham Christensen

January 11th, 2010

Another one worth looking at is UZBL.

Chandan

January 11th, 2010

nice post.
You are right many of them i haven’t heard of.
But FIREFOX is the best for webmasters and I do hate IE.
IE sucks, FF rocks.
Thanx for the post.

Perminder Singh Bhatia

January 11th, 2010

Great and well researched article. Thanks for the information.

Robin

January 11th, 2010

Props to Stainless! Some innovative stuff going on there. I wish they would hurry up and make a 1.0 version.

nietzsche

January 11th, 2010

“People! Stop making browsers! :) I think two or three is more than enough. By the way, Internet Explorer is a good browser! Don’t hate it, learn to work with it.”

shut up, stork. you’ve probably never written a piece of code for the web in your whole life. you’ll eat your own words when you have.

microsoft should just focus on their os.

ByColor

January 11th, 2010

Ok, where’s the critique in this post? Or is it a presentation a la TV Shopping?

system dioxide

January 11th, 2010

Nice read. Will try some of these.

Chris

January 11th, 2010

As a web developer, please god, no more browsers.

Tamil

January 11th, 2010

In Opera 9.50, you can log into a site with different credentials using private tab. :)

TheGreatGonzo

January 11th, 2010

I think Arora is a very interesting Browser that might find fans who use more than one OS.

Nice round up though

Thomas

January 11th, 2010

I’m using Camino and I’m pretty happy.
I’m bored with the big “browsers”.

Nicolas E.

January 11th, 2010

I would have had the 2 following:
1. Crazybrowser: I used to use it a lot for its ligthweight and speed. Built on IE, it had a problem handling pictures but that was 5 years ago. Great browser.
2. Nautilus: Gnome windows management browser. Very good but not as good as opera or chrome alternative. But still really usable and high-end.

There are a few more but maybe no need to talk about them. I don’t know.

Anyway, you helped me to discover the japanese browser, might be useful for later. Thanks for this.
My personnal favourite are still Opera and Chrome. But I do have Firefox and IE ( of course ) installed for web dev.

colin

January 11th, 2010

Maxthon is very popular!

Mark

January 11th, 2010

Nice list thanks. Although it just highlights the ever-increasing and harder-to-scale mountain for web developers who have to test their sites in all these different browsers. Hopefully the authors of these programs are as keen to implement web standards as we are!

Delhitiger

January 11th, 2010

Cool article. I use Sea monkey ! Keep them articles coming.

Ramon Suarez

January 11th, 2010

Don’t forget Galeon for Linux. Very fast, Gecko based and standards compliant.

Gopakumar

January 11th, 2010

Awesome! Thanks for that information. Good to know that there is a world outside Firefox. Internet Explorer. Chrome. Safari. Opera.

Ashish Patil

January 11th, 2010

I have been Maxthon user since ages, and no other browser matches its user experience as of now.
Yes Firefox can be customized, but then it becomes too heavy on RAM, thus it can be a development browser, and 2nd browser on my PC for browsing. Of above, Lunascape might be the one I would give a try, but if Maxthon 3 is launched soon, with same feature list as of 2.x and with default WebKit and optional IE Tab (for IE only sites), there is no point in looking for other browsers.

DW

January 11th, 2010

Lynx beats them all

Christophe-Marie Duquesne

January 11th, 2010

You did not mention uzbl though it is probably the best navigator at the moment. It follows the unix philosophy and it is lightning fast. Not as nerd as surf, but just useable.

David

January 11th, 2010

Webkit based Sunrise now in version 2 is looking really good – smart interface but so far lacks Keychain access.

Kuurozaki

January 11th, 2010

mostly based on firefox/mozilla :D

Aleksandar

January 11th, 2010

Not so recently, i used AVATN browser, which is implementation of IE.
But, few years ago they come with pop-up blocker, rss reader and many other staff which are standard at now.

Power-Inside

January 11th, 2010

But what about avant browser .. surely it cant be missed with its great feature of online settings storage…

Jordan Walker

January 11th, 2010

Nice article, I will have to try a few of the other engines out!

hassan

January 11th, 2010

informative :)

Toni @ NavinoT

January 11th, 2010

actually, Wikipedia has a recent screenshot of Konqueror. Try this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Screenshot_konqueror.png

Ted Goas

January 11th, 2010

RE: Camino

I thought Camino was a fast, minimal browser similar to Firefox. Like Swiftfox without plugins. Anyone know how fast Camino is compared to some of the other popular browsers?

designi1

January 11th, 2010

i really just know the FOLK one :D nice unknown browsers. today i feel less dumb :D

Matthias

January 11th, 2010

Don’t forget 3B (http://3b.net/) if you are talking about “specalised browsers”. It comes with the popular Firefox browser built in and allows a 3D view of the internet, put together of websites. Just try it … I found it amazing.

Derrick

January 11th, 2010

Thanks for sharing! I had actually heard of the majority of these, but I want to check out a few of those that are new to me!

altNull

January 11th, 2010

What – no Lynx?

kevin

January 11th, 2010

Really interesting, gonna try Lunascape too.

honour chick

January 11th, 2010

never heard of most of these. will definitely try them just to see.

Jwalant Natvarlal Soneji

January 11th, 2010

I like Flock!
It’s great, there are many features to mention, like – built-in RSS reader, blogging application, a social networking updates side pan, Bookmarking is easy, finding and adding search engines and RSS feeds is easy.

Dennis

January 11th, 2010

I knew 2 of 10 Browsers, not so bad, hmm?
But maybe i’ll give Camino a try, if he runs faster than my current Firefox do ;-)

endhorphine

January 11th, 2010

Tired of heavy consumption of resources when surfing,
Now i try K-Meleon ,its light, fast, yet it support of customization for your browsing experiences.
Based on Gecko engine from mozilla.
nice and handy also sharp browser to me.

Bob Tahar

January 11th, 2010

Been a Maxthon user more than 4 years now… so acustomed to it… luv the screen capture & file sniffer tools. One feature that get me stuck on Maxthon is the super darg & drop… its totally change my way of browsing… I like to throw the link to open new tab.

el jefe

January 11th, 2010

OPERA?!?!?!?!

Scot Newbury

January 11th, 2010

Thanks for taking the time to pull this list together and while I’ve heard of a number of them (and at one point tested them as well) there are one or two on the list that I hadn’t heard of.

More toys to play with!

Sanchit

January 11th, 2010

As we already have chrome, firefox, opera, safari & IE, we dont really need these lesser known browsers.

Mark

January 11th, 2010

@Sanchit

You could have said the same thing about Firefox not that long ago. We already had IE and Netscape. Why did we need another? And why did we need Chrome? And Safari?

Jelmer

January 11th, 2010

Nice list!
I tried some, kept on using Opera in the end, but I will remind those, some are pretty useful when trying to do specific things on the web.

Jelmer

January 11th, 2010

@Sanchit;
Why would we not like those [new]/lesser known browsers?
It is this kind of browsers which are causing the ‘big ones’ to become better. (And besides of that; how do you think Chrome started? Just like these browsers.)

ArvindK

January 11th, 2010

Nice share.. lots of browsers in IT world… it’s gr8 to see them in a single post. Thanks

abites

January 11th, 2010

You left out IE

Darth GTB

January 11th, 2010

I liked Stainless and Lunascape

the only problem is Stainless is not available to Win and Linux and Lunascape is only Win…

Mark

January 11th, 2010

Anyone heard of Offbyone?

iquanyin

January 11th, 2010

not only i’ve heard of most of these, i’ve tried all the ones that run on mac.

quick note about flock: it’s extremely buggy. i tried three times to use that browser. each time it worked (mostly) for a week or two, then turned unuseable by the weeks end. the same for two other people i know.

chrome is fast as all get-out. on pc, it has an ever growing extension gallery (including ad blocking), 400+ last i checked, many made by the same folks who make firefox extensions. it’s a great browser on mac too, just not with extensions enabled yet.

i realize your theme is “browsers you prolly haven’t heard of” but chrome’s not better known than camino. is it? anyway, nice roundup.

a couple more: fluid (mac), opera (mac, pc), shiira (mac).

ramiro alonso

January 11th, 2010

Don;t forget Sheera

expressions

January 11th, 2010

Heyya!
I have used 4 of these and they all are gud.
Gotta try the new of em!!

Jake

January 12th, 2010

firefox has plugins for all of them. but i guess with all the addons it now lacks speed. nice post

Walter Vos

January 12th, 2010

Is there a Windows browser that can do what Stainless does (i.e. The ability to log into a site with different credentials)?

Alex Magnum

January 12th, 2010

Question:

Why would you create a list of random browsers, when every developer in the world is trying to promote the usage of standard compatible browsers. Sure, some of those browsers may render web pages in an almost standard way, but there are glitches everywhere for whom developers must add extra code in order for the browser to render properly.

This article is plain evil.

Alexander

January 12th, 2010

I used IE via Maxthon for years (formely called MyIE). I loved it except it (IE) crasheda ll the frigging time.
Eventually, I was forced to leave IE and alike browsers behind and discovered that all my virus issues went away too. Yep, not using IE is the best antivirus. Anyway, I found Opera to be the best performer and Firefox the best for development (firebug). I will take a look at Lunascape. Thank you for the list. Knew most which make the ones I didn’t know even more worth to know. Good on you.

Koen

January 12th, 2010

+1 Lynx!

-tikabanget-

January 13th, 2010

I already use some of them..
Stainless, Maxthon, OmniWeb, Camino, and Flock..

But never heard the rest of them..
Thanx.. ^^

gus

January 13th, 2010

Macs Sucs

Si

January 13th, 2010

Downloaded and tried Lunascape, liked it, but then went straight back to Firefox. It just feels so much nicer, not a great word, but the only one to get the point across easily.

Hakan

January 13th, 2010

Try ORCA, a very fast browser based on Firefox engine.
those who have done it also has one called AVANT, which is based on IE.
Here is the link to the Orca:
http://www.orcabrowser.com/

/Thanks

Erik Scherz Andersen

January 14th, 2010

Thanks for a good round up. The article is an overview, but I think your individual comments makes it standout from other browser reviews that mention several browsers.
// Private: I’m using Flock & Professional: I’m using Firefox //

Chris Lawlor

January 14th, 2010

Great list Cameron! I’ll be checking out Maxthon and Swiftfox soon.

@Walter –
> Is there a Windows browser that can do what Stainless does > (i.e. The ability to log into a site with different >credentials)?

You can log into a different account using Chrome’s Incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N).

amin

January 14th, 2010

you forgot 2 browsers !
Usejump ! it is a small browser that is anti filter too !
Tizball ! it is an iranian browser !

Oliver

January 15th, 2010

I’ve only used the mainstream browsers for various purposes but never knew any of these existed. I will have to download a few and see how they compare to FireFox and Chrome. Thanks for the information.

Dragonhipie

January 15th, 2010

the best browser is Flock followed by OPERA then final in 3rd is LUNASCAPE

Passy

January 16th, 2010

Without telling the Rendering Engine I think this is is pretty useless. Who on earth would want a browser with the trident (IE) engine?
Despite that, Swiftfox is just a recompilation of firefox with some compiler optimizations turned on. There are no noticable patchset applied, imho.

Chau kar

January 16th, 2010

Firefox is still my favo

Ali Qayyum

January 17th, 2010

greate list. really i have not heard about these

Sam Logan

January 20th, 2010

Very interesting collection, I hadn’t heard of almost all of these browsers but some look very useful, especially the account switching in Stainless.

whatever

January 21st, 2010

Konqueror? Seriously? Safari and Chrome are based on this browser’s engine (Webkit is a fork of KHTML)

bant

January 24th, 2010

actually,im using the Maxthon and the Theworld,they r the most popular web broswer in china,whatever,thanX u 4 sharing!

Anders

January 26th, 2010

Hmm…Interesting…hmm

Nihar

January 29th, 2010

Great post…

I am using Maxthon from long time. Almost 10 years. I love it.

Check this out http://www.niharsworld.com/2008/01/09/browser-wars-maxthon-vs-firefox/

Arun Basil Lal

February 6th, 2010

From this list, I guess flock is the most popular one. The first 7, haven’t even heard of them.

David Garsia

March 25th, 2010

Wow, that OmniWeb screenshot is so outdated (look at the products)!

referer

March 30th, 2010

hadn’t heard of stainless, uzbl, or spacetime3d (which looks like a searchsite, not browser?).
new browsers aren’t trouble for webdevs cuz tend to be builton the same render engines.
maxthon cures ie7 & ie8′s gui defects. but with km, ff, opera on win, why bother?

Garfield

April 16th, 2010

y elinks and lynx is not listed?…..
:D

jatt

May 3rd, 2010

i like stainless and i downloaded it . it is interesting browser. the look is best. i’ll go for it

Santosh Reddy Gayam

June 28th, 2010

Great Article,
Especially the reasons given “Why should we consider this” is excellent.

Thanks to Cameron

Najeeb Puthiyallam

July 17th, 2010

Yeh this is a nice post.. i used some and yeh felt like some copycat of firefox :D

Kelvin roger

August 24th, 2010

Really nice post and thanks for sharing some of them new to me.

Greg

September 2nd, 2010

Speaking of cross-platform testing, Firefox in Ubuntu does seem to render this site substantially faster than in Win 7. Other sites not so much, but they aren’t taking 2.5-5 seconds already, so the difference would be less noticeable anyway.

web-design-man

September 2nd, 2010

It’s good to see some new browsers (or old) out on the market, especially since Firefox has had a bit of a bad rap with its memory leaks and IE with its box model madness. Swiftfox looks nice, will have to try that…

lovely

September 2nd, 2010

i think Firefox is best.but sometimes there are some problems in Firefox.

Browser Help

September 13th, 2010

Or you could just get CHROME the fastest safest
easiest to use browser with customization

( im not with chrome im just like you trying to help)

Freddy

September 17th, 2010

i never seen such an omg !!! Stuff :X

Dreb

October 5th, 2010

I’m accustomed and seen some of them but flock is the best of all the browser i haven’t yet seen.

Amith

November 29th, 2010

Amazing collection! I never think of browsers other than firefox, IE, Opera & Chrome.

fastjanow

November 29th, 2010

What is with so many people down on IE? It’s fast,count to 3 it’s up I have mozilla firefox and I can count to 30 I kid you not..I just tried SlimBrowser and I like it alot.How many browsers is it safe to have?

fastjanow

November 29th, 2010

you people put out an awsome POST,I will be reading this from now on.Thanks for all the info on these Browsers I never knew were out there.

satnam singh

December 6th, 2010

thaks for cameron

Xion

December 25th, 2010

Great article. Never heard of any of these, going to try them. My chrome is acting funny.

RandomTandem

December 28th, 2010

wow these sound great! i want to download at least 3 of em!

lionjimi

February 5th, 2011

omparing opera tools (lets set autoupdate with wget and cron here, edit bunch of files here, and remember opera must be turned off, and all your personal edits will be overwritten on next update, oh, and remember to fix it alltogether when you update your opera and their devs decide to cange AGAIN locations of ini files) with Firefox, chrome, safari ones (click, install, pick preffered list, save, forget) is a complete and utter fun

when will someone at opera notice that world moved on and we are now approaching 2011?topuniversty

Diggi

February 7th, 2011

firefox is the best :-)

Lisa

February 16th, 2011

Wow there are a lot of browsers here! Have tried some but not heard of others.

Pale Moon (palemoon.org) is not on there! It’s a faster version of Firefox with all the junk taken out. I’ve not missed any functionality but can still use all the FFX addons and features. You have to try it out.

sogarab

February 21st, 2011

Chrome is the best

Lail Turvey

March 24th, 2011

FlashPeak SlimBrowser is streets ahead of all browsers. Try it!

Charleston

April 4th, 2011

Firefox is my cup of tea!

aodoe

April 10th, 2011

In fact ,I dont know these.

wites

April 11th, 2011

I’ve used Flock before but I feel in love with RockMelt http://www.rockmelt.com/. The rest I’ve seen them before but never got the chance to use them. ^^

charlax

April 12th, 2011

Flock has been discontinued.

bp72

May 16th, 2011

Too bad the Flock browser died in less than a year… it was a gem to manage social media.

Stalin

May 24th, 2011

I like Firefox and Safari web browser..These are awesome….

Brian

June 10th, 2011

I think Avant browser should be the NO.1.Very nice clean easy to use browser with all the features you’d expect. Fast smooth loading of pages with no problems streaming videos from youtube etc.
I honestly couldn’t find many flaws while using it for a month or so. I would have liked to have seen better themes. The ones you get are all too similar. Avant should take a page out of Mozilla or Opera’s book and make it more customisable and more pleasing to look at.
All being said, a great browser and i would recommend it to anyone

kty

July 26th, 2011

more the merrier=thanks

Nabibo

August 16th, 2011

i Love flock, but they have stopped supporting. claiming people should switch to firefox or chrome. how could they do that but any way. If i have to use firefox which is always crashing with the flash plugins , the i advice you go for opera or … the big boy (Internet Explorer) it might be slow but its the best security out there. chow

swaroop

August 23rd, 2011

A Good information but is there some problems in the using of flok

gdrtg

November 5th, 2011

ChromiumPortable is the best browser for windows!!!

MJ

August 29th, 2012

and for facebook gamers who are experiencing numerous g-chrome crashes during games?

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