List of web browsers

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The following is a list of web browsers that are notable.

Timeline representing the history of various web browsers.

Historical[edit]

A rough estimate of usage share by percent of layout engines of web browsers as of Q2 2009, see usage share of web browsers.

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.[1]

Year Web browsers Internet users
(in millions)[1][2][3][4]
1991 WorldWideWeb (Nexus) 4
1992 ViolaWWW, Erwise, MidasWWW, MacWWW (Samba) 7
1993 Mosaic, Cello,[5] 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,[6] Internet Explorer 2, Grail 16-44
1996 Arachne 1.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, Netscape Navigator 3.0, Opera 2.0,
PowerBrowser 1.5,[7] Cyberdog, Amaya 0.9,[8] AWeb, Voyager
36-77
1997 Internet Explorer 4.0, Netscape Navigator 4.0, Netscape Communicator 4.0, Opera 3.0,[9] Amaya 1.0[8] 70-120
1998 iCab, Mozilla 147-188
1999 Amaya 2.0,[8] Mozilla M3, Internet Explorer 5.0 248-280
2000 Konqueror, Netscape 6, Opera 4,[10] Opera 5,[11] K-Meleon 0.2, Amaya 3.0,[8] Amaya 4.0[8] 361-413
2001 Internet Explorer 6, Galeon 1.0, Opera 6,[12] Amaya 5.0[8] 499-513
2002 Netscape 7, Mozilla 1.0, Phoenix 0.1, Links 2.0, Amaya 6.0,[8] Amaya 7.0[8] 587-662
2003 Opera 7,[13] Safari 1.0, Epiphany 1.0, Amaya 8.0[8] 719-778
2004 Firefox 1.0, Netscape Browser, OmniWeb 5.0 817-910
2005 Safari 2.0, Netscape Browser 8.0, Opera 8,[14] Epiphany 1.8, Amaya 9.0,[8] 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,[15] 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,[16] Firefox 3, Amaya 10.0,[8] Flock 2, Chrome 1, Amaya 11.0[8] 1562-1574
2009 Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 2-3, Safari 4, Opera 10,[17] SeaMonkey 2, Camino 2, Firefox 3.5 1743-1802
2010 K-Meleon 1.5.4, Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4-8, Opera 10.50,[18] 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

Notable releases[edit]

In order of release:

Layout engines[edit]

Graphical[edit]

Current/maintained projects are in boldface.

Trident shells[edit]

Other software publishers have built browsers and other products around Microsoft's Trident engine. The following browsers are all based on that rendering engine:

Gecko-based[edit]

Gecko- and Trident-based[edit]

Browsers that use both Trident and Gecko include:

Webkit- and Trident-based[edit]

Gecko-, Trident- and WebKit-based[edit]

Browsers that can use Trident, Gecko and WebKit include:

KHTML-based[edit]

Presto-based[edit]

WebKit-based[edit]

For Java platform[edit]

Specialty browsers[edit]

Browsers created for enhancements of specific browsing activities.

Current[edit]

Discontinued[edit]

  • 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 based[edit]

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.

Others[edit]

Mobile[edit]

Main article: Mobile browser

The most popular mobile browsers as of June 2014 are:[27]

Text-based[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Internet users". The World Bank Group. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
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  6. ^ Großmann, Prof. Dr. Hans Peter. "Department of Information Resource Management". University of Ulm. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Oracle Introduces PowerBrowser". Oracle Corporation. 18 June 1996. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Release history". W3C. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Opera Software Releases 3.60" (Press release). Opera Software. 1998-05-12. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Opera 4.0 for Windows Released" (Press release). Opera Software. 2000-06-27. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  11. ^ "The Browser War Lights Up in Europe" (Press release). Opera Software. 2000-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  12. ^ "Opera 6.0 for Windows launched after record-breaking beta" (Press release). Opera Software. 2001-11-29. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  13. ^ "Opera 7 Ready to Rock the Web" (Press release). Opera Software. 2003-01-28. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  14. ^ "Speed, Security and Simplicity: Opera 8 Web Browser Released Today" (Press release). Opera Software. 2005-04-19. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  15. ^ "Your Web, Your Choice: Opera 9 Gives You the Control" (Press release). Opera Software. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  16. ^ "Opera redefines Web browsing yet again" (Press release). Opera Software. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  17. ^ "Turbocharge your Web experience with Opera 10" (Press release). Opera Software. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  18. ^ "The world's fastest browser for Windows" (Press release). Oslo, Norway: Opera Software. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mozilla 1.0". mozilla.org. 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  20. ^ http://caminobrowser.org Camino reaches its end
  21. ^ "Try Avant Browser 2012 for a Choice of Rendering Engines". PC world. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  22. ^ "Have it all: Lunascape, the browser with three engines". CNET News. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  23. ^ "300 million users and move to WebKit". Opera Developer News. 
  24. ^ "A first peek at Opera 15 for Computers". Opera. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  25. ^ "Projects/WebKit/Part — KDE TechBase". KDE TechBase. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  26. ^ NetApplications Summary of Mobile Browsers. Retrieved 2 July 2014

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