List of web browsers
The following is a list of web browsers that are notable.
- 1 Historical
- 2 Layout engines
- 3 Graphical
- 3.1 Trident shells
- 3.2 Gecko-based
- 3.3 Gecko- and Trident-based
- 3.4 Webkit- and Trident-based
- 3.5 Gecko-, Trident- and WebKit-based
- 3.6 KHTML-based
- 3.7 Presto-based
- 3.8 WebKit-based
- 3.9 For Java platform
- 3.10 Specialty browsers
- 3.11 Mosaic based
- 3.12 Others
- 3.13 Mobile
- 4 Text-based
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
This is a table of personal computer web browsers by year of release of major version, in chronological order, with the approximate number of worldwide Internet users in millions. Note that Internet user data is related to the entire market, not the versions released in that year. The increased growth of the Internet in the 1990s and 2000s means that current browsers with small market shares have more total users than the entire market early on. For example, 90% market share in 1997 would be roughly 60 million users, but by the start of 2007 9% market share would equate to over 90 million users.
|Year||Web browsers||Internet users
|1992||ViolaWWW, Erwise, MidasWWW, MacWWW (Samba)||7|
|1993||Mosaic, Cello, Lynx 2.0, Arena, AMosaic 1.0||10-14|
|1994||IBM WebExplorer, Netscape Navigator, SlipKnot 1.0, MacWeb, IBrowse, Agora (Argo), Minuet||20-25|
|1995||Internet Explorer 1, Netscape Navigator 2.0, OmniWeb, UdiWWW, Internet Explorer 2, Grail||16-44|
|1996||Arachne 1.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, Netscape Navigator 3.0, Opera 2.0,
PowerBrowser 1.5, Cyberdog, Amaya 0.9, AWeb, Voyager
|1997||Internet Explorer 4.0, Netscape Navigator 4.0, Netscape Communicator 4.0, Opera 3.0, Amaya 1.0||70-120|
|1999||Amaya 2.0, Mozilla M3, Internet Explorer 5.0||248-280|
|2000||Konqueror, Netscape 6, Opera 4, Opera 5, K-Meleon 0.2, Amaya 3.0, Amaya 4.0||361-413|
|2001||Internet Explorer 6, Galeon 1.0, Opera 6, Amaya 5.0||499-513|
|2002||Netscape 7, Mozilla 1.0, Phoenix 0.1, Links 2.0, Amaya 6.0, Amaya 7.0||587-662|
|2003||Opera 7, Safari 1.0, Epiphany 1.0, Amaya 8.0||719-778|
|2004||Firefox 1.0, Netscape Browser, OmniWeb 5.0||817-910|
|2005||Safari 2.0, Netscape Browser 8.0, Opera 8, Epiphany 1.8, Amaya 9.0, AOL Explorer 1.0, Maxthon 1.0, Shiira 1.0||1018-1029|
|2006||SeaMonkey 1.0, K-Meleon 1.0, Galeon 2.0, Camino 1.0, Firefox 2.0, Avant 11, iCab 3, Opera 9, Internet Explorer 7||1093-1157|
|2007||Maxthon 2.0, Netscape Navigator 9, NetSurf 1.0, Flock 1.0, Safari 3.0, Conkeror||1319-1373|
|2008||Konqueror 4, Safari 3.1, Opera 9.5, Firefox 3, Amaya 10.0, Flock 2, Chrome 1, Amaya 11.0||1562-1574|
|2009||Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 2-3, Safari 4, Opera 10, SeaMonkey 2, Camino 2, Firefox 3.5||1743-1802|
|2010||K-Meleon 1.5.4, Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4-8, Opera 10.50, Safari 5, xxxterm, Opera 11||1971-2034|
|2011||Chrome 9-16, Firefox 4-9, Internet Explorer 9, Maxthon 3.0, SeaMonkey 2.1-2.3, Opera 11.50, Safari 5.1||2264-2272|
|2012||Chrome 17-23, Firefox 10-17, Internet Explorer 10, Opera 12, Safari 6||2497-2511|
|2013||Chrome 24-31, Firefox 18–26, Internet Explorer 11, Opera 15-18, Safari 7||2712|
In order of release:
- WorldWideWeb, February 26, 1991
- Mosaic, April 22, 1993
- Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator, October 13, 1994
- Internet Explorer, August 16, 1995
- Opera, 1996, see History of the Opera web browser
- Mozilla Navigator, June 5, 2002
- Safari, January 7, 2003
- Mozilla Firefox, November 9, 2004
- Google Chrome, September 2, 2008
- Gecko is developed by the Mozilla Foundation.
- KHTML is developed by the KDE project.
- Presto is developed by Opera Software for use in Opera. Development stopped as Opera transitions to Blink.
- Tasman was developed by Microsoft for use in Internet Explorer 5 for Macintosh.
- Trident is developed by Microsoft for use in the Windows version of their web browser, from Internet Explorer 4 to the present time.
- WebKit is a fork of KHTML by Apple Inc. used in Apple Safari, Chromium and Google Chrome.
- Blink is a 2013 fork of WebKit by Google used in Chromium, Google Chrome and Opera.
- Servo is an experimental web browser layout engine being developed cooperatively by Mozilla and Samsung.
Current/maintained projects are in boldface.
Other software publishers have built browsers and other products around Microsoft's Trident engine. The following browsers are all based on that rendering engine:
- 360 Secure Browser
- AOL Explorer (discontinued)
- Bento Browser (built into Winamp)
- Internet Explorer
- MediaBrowser (discontinued)
- MSN Explorer
- NeoPlanet (discontinued)
- NetCaptor (discontinued)
- Tencent Traveler
- UltraBrowser (discontinued)
- Camino for Mac OS X (formerly Chimera) (discontinued)
- Conkeror, keyboard-driven browser
- Galeon, GNOME's old default browser (discontinued)
- K-Meleon for Windows
- MicroB (for Maemo)
- Minimo (for mobile, discontinued)
- Mozilla Firefox (formerly Firebird and Phoenix)
- AT&T Pogo (discontinued; based on Firefox)
- Comodo IceDragon (Firefox-based web browser for Windows)
- Flock (discontinued; was based on Firefox until version 2.6.1, and based on Chromium thereafter)
- Iceweasel, Debian's Firefox rebrand
- GNU IceCat, GNU's fork of Firefox
- Netscape Browser 8 to Netscape Navigator 9 (discontinued)
- Pale Moon (Windows-only optimized browser based on Firefox)
- Timberwolf, AmigaOS' Firefox rebrand
- Tor Browser, patched Firefox ESR for browsing in Tor anonymity network
- Swiftfox (discontinued; processor-optimised builds based on Firefox)
- Swiftweasel (discontinued; processor-optimised builds based on Iceweasel)
- Waterfox (Windows 64-bit-only browser based on Firefox)
- xB Browser (discontinued; formerly XeroBank Browser and Torpark), portable browser for anonymous browsing, originally based on Firefox
- Firefox for mobile (codenamed Fennec)
- Mozilla Application Suite (discontinued)
- Beonex Communicator (separate branch, based on Mozilla Application Suite) (discontinued)
- Classilla (an updated fork of the Suite to Mac OS 9)
- Gnuzilla GNU's fork
- Netscape (discontinued; Netscape 6 to 7, based on Mozilla)
- SeaMonkey (successor to Mozilla Application Suite)
- Skyfire (for mobile)
- Yahoo! Browser (or partnership browsers e.g. "AT&T Yahoo! Browser"; "Verizon Yahoo! Browser"; "BT Yahoo! Browser" etc.)
Gecko- and Trident-based
- K-Meleon with the IE Tab extension
- Mozilla Firefox with the IE Tab extension
- Netscape Browser 8 (discontinued)
Webkit- and Trident-based
Gecko-, Trident- and WebKit-based
- Internet Channel (for Wii console, Opera-based)
- Nintendo DS Browser (Opera-based)
- Opera (for releases up until 12.17)
- Amazon Kindle (experimental)
- Arora (discontinued)
- BOLT browser (discontinued)
- Dolphin Browser (Android and Bada)
- Flock (discontinued) (version 3.0 and above)
- iCab (version 4 uses WebKit; earlier versions used its own rendering engine)
- Iris Browser (discontinued)
- Konqueror (version 4 can use WebKit as an alternative to its native KHTML)
- Maxthon (version 3.0 and above)
- Nintendo 3DS NetFront Browser NX
- Shiira (discontinued)
- Steel for Android
- Steam ingame browser
- Web Browser for S60, used in all Nokia Symbian smartphones.
- webOS, used in the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, Pre 2, HP Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad mobile devices
- WebPositive, browser in Haiku
For Java platform
- Bitstream ThunderHawk
- BOLT Browser (discontinued)
- HotJava (discontinued)
- Opera Mini
- uZard Web
- HtmlUnit (Graphical user interface-less)
Browsers created for enhancements of specific browsing activities.
- Gollum browser (Created specially for browsing Wikipedia)
- Image Xplorer (Designed only to view, download, and print images)
- Kirix Strata (Designed for data analytics)
- Miro (A media browser that integrates BitTorrent add-on)
- Nightingale (open source audio player and web browser based on the Songbird (see below) media player source code)
- SpaceTime (Search the web in 3D)
- Wyzo (A media browser that integrates BitTorrent-like add-on)
- Zac Browser (For children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS)
- Ghostzilla (Blends into the GUI to hide activity)
- Prodigy Classic (Executable only within the application)
- Flock (To enhance social networking, blogging, photo-sharing, and RSS news-reading)
- RockMelt (Designed to combine web browsing, and social activities such as Facebook and Twitter into a unified one window experience)
- Songbird (browser with advanced audio streaming features and built in media player with library.)
Mosaic was the first widely used web browser. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) licensed the technology and many companies built their own web browser on Mosaic. The best known are the first versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape.
- IBM WebExplorer
- Internet Explorer
- Internet in a Box
- Spyglass Mosaic
- VMS Mosaic
- Abaco (for Plan 9 from Bell Labs)
- Arachne (for DOS)
- Ariadna (AMSD Ariadna) (first Russian web browser, discontinued)
- AWeb (AmigaOS)
- Baidu Mobile Browser
- Charon (for Inferno)
- Dillo (Small, fast, free, minimalistic, and multi-platform)
- DR-WebSpyder (for DOS, discontinued)
- Embrowser (for DOS, discontinued)
- Gazelle (from Microsoft Research, OS-like)
- IBrowse (for AmigaOS)
- Mothra (for Plan 9 from Bell Labs)
- NetPositive (for BeOS)
- NetSurf (An open source web browser for RISC OS and GTK+ written in C)
- Planetweb browser (discontinued for Dreamcast)
- Qihoo 360 mobile browsers
- Phoenix, a browser based on tkWWW
- tkWWW, based on Tcl
- Voyager (for AmigaOS)
The most popular mobile browsers as of June 2014 are:
- Browser timeline
- Comparison of web browsers
- List of layout engines
- List of search engines
- List of web browsers for Unix and Unix-like operating systems
- Usage share of web browsers
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