It is almost impossible to use a modern computer without accessing the web. Even if you get disconnected, it’s not uncommon to find software that serves up its help files in HTML, necessitating the use of a browser.
In short, a web browser is an absolute must. With Linux, the browser selection is quite large.
Whether you’re switching browsers or switching to Linux, you should know what’s available to surf the web. These are the best Linux Browsers to help you make your choice.
While this list is not in order, Mozilla Firefox is probably the best choice for most Linux users. Why?
- Firefox is fast, uses less RAM than Chrome
- Multi-process browsing means more tabs
- Support for thousands of extensions
- Tracker blocking
- Tabs and other data sync across devices
Ultimately, Mozilla Firefox is a seamless browsing experience from the team behind the only real alternative to Google Chrome.
You should be able to find Firefox pre-installed or in your distro’s software repository. Otherwise, visit Mozilla’s website for a copy.
You might choose Google Chrome as your Linux browser. However, it’s not open source, like wood with Google’s fingerprints. An alternative is the Chromium browser, the open source project on which Chrome is built. Ideal if you’re moving from Windows or just want a browser that gives you direct access to your Google account.
Here are some reasons to use Chromium:
- Chromium is the basis for Chrome, so you should be familiar with it
- Google account login and sync supported
- Thousands of browser add-ons
To install Chromium browser use:
sudo apt install chromium-browser
Many Linux browsers claim to be resourceful, but few are as small as Midori. This browser is very sleek and resource lite which appeared in the early builds of Raspbian (for Raspberry Pi). Features in Midori include:
- Built-in privacy tool
- Minimalist, beautiful design
Midori can be downloaded in DEB and RPM formats and is also available on SnapStore and FlatHub.
To install Midori in terminal use
sudo apt install midori
Also known as GNOME Web, this is the browser you’ll find by default on the unaltered GNOME desktop. It features:
- Built-in privacy tool
- No extensions supported to improve stability
- Functional and fast
If you are not already using the GNOME desktop environment, you can install Epiphany at the command line:
sudo apt install epiphany-browser epiphany-extensions
The epiphany-extensions package is useful because it includes an extension manager, development tools, and more.
Trumpet as a revolutionary browser with features unseen elsewhere, Opera offers an unconventional sidebar user interface.
Although many of its revolutionary features have been borrowed by other browsers (eg speed dial, pop-up blocking, private browsing) it remains a reliable alternative to Firefox.
- Free VPN
- Laptop battery saver
- Cryptocurrency Wallet
- WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger integration
- Synchronize data between devices running Opera
DEB, RPM and Snap packages for Opera can be downloaded from the home page.
To install the Opera browser on a Linux terminal, start by updating the sources and adding the key:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list' sudo sh -c 'wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | apt-key add -'
Next, run the update, then install
sudo apt update sudo apt install opera
Or, if you have Snap installed, use
sudo snap install opera
The current Opera browser is based on Chromium. However, up to version 12, Opera used the Presto layout engine. This switch has inspired other browsers.
Built to replicate the best aspects of Opera 12.x, Otter is built with Qt5. It visually resembles Opera and includes some useful special features:
- Password manager
- Content blocking
- Customizable user interface
You can manually install in terminal by adding the PPA repository.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otter-browser/release
Press Enter to confirm, wait for the GPG key to be generated and at the next prompt update:
sudo apt update
When this is done, you can install Otter with
sudo apt install otter-browser
Like Otter, Vivaldi has its roots in Opera. Vivaldi is overseen by Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner and is considered by many to be closer to the old Opera. Features include:
- Adaptive user interface
- Granular tab management
- Built-in tools include notepad and screenshot apps
Vivaldi is available in DEB, RPM, and ARM packages.
Formerly known as Qupzilla, Falkon is a Linux browser typically found in KDE-based desktop environments, such as Plasma.
- Featuring built-in adblocking tool
- Using DuckDuckGo as default search tool
Falkon can also be installed using apt in the terminal:
sudo apt install falkon
A browser inspired by Netscape and Mozilla, SeaMonkey is very similar to Firefox. The difference lies in what is offered outside of browsing. Highlights include:
- Chrome-style tab sync
- Session recovery tool
- Default mail client
- Newsgroup/Usenet Client
- Web development tools
Having email clients and newsgroups in your browser can save you a lot of time switching between applications. However, this approach is not for everyone.
Also Consider The Linux Browser Below
While the Linux browsers above should be considered the best available, many other browsers can be installed on Linux. It meets specific needs or is very light.
Linux Text Browser: Lynx
Not all web browsing can be done in a graphical browser. In the early days of the web, text-based command line browsers were essential. One such web browser is still available: Lynx.
To install this Linux command line browser, use:
sudo apt install lynx
To use the browser, open a terminal and enter lynx followed by the URL. So, to see the usage of NinnaWiends:
Use the arrow keys to navigate through all the commands displayed in the terminal window.
If you can’t use a mouse or laptop trackpad, accessing the web can be difficult. That’s where Qutebrowser comes in a desktop browser that can only be controlled using a keyboard. Shortcuts are assigned to each info on the page, allowing for easy mouse-free browsing.
Qutebrowser is only available in the terminal.
sudo apt install qutebrowser
Want to maximize your online privacy? Using Linux is a great start, as is using a VPN to encrypt your activity. But you can go a step further by installing the Tor browser for Linux.
To install Tor, you’ll need to add the repository and GPG key:
cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tor.list deb https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org bionic main deb-src https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org bionic main EOF curl https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org/A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89.asc | sudo gpg --import gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -
Once done, update your repository and install the Tor Project:
sudo apt update sudo apt install tor deb.torproject.org-keyring
You can then install the Tor browser on Linux with
sudo apt install torbrowser-launcher
Best Browser For Linux
We’ve compiled this list of Linux browsers to help you find the best tools to get your computer online. Each browser has strengths that the other does not have although there are some clear similarities, differences also exist.
The browser you choose is completely up to you. However, we recommend that you stick with the tool that gives you the best browsing experience.