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Developer(s) Tim Howes, Eric Vishria
Development status Discontinued since 31 July 2013
Operating system Android, iOS
Type Social media web browser
License Proprietary software[1]

Rockmelt was a proprietary social media web browser developed by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria based on the Google Chromium project, incorporating social media features such as Facebook chat, Twitter notifications and widgetised areas for other content providers such as YouTube and local newspapers. The Rockmelt web browser project was backed by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen.[2] As of April 2013, Rockmelt discontinued its desktop web browser, replacing it with a collaborative project bringing together social elements from various sources.[3]

Although the browser was launched in private beta on November 8, 2010[4] for desktop, it is not currently supported on the PC or Mac due to work on the iPad and other mobile releases. Rockmelt is now exclusively for iOS (both iPhone and iPad) and Android with versions for Windows 8, and desktop planned.[5]

Rockmelt was created by Rockmelt, Inc., located in Mountain View, California.[6] The final version, 2.2.0, was released on February 9, 2013.

On August 2, 2013, Yahoo! acquired Rockmelt. Rockmelt’s apps and website were shut down after August 31, 2013. Yahoo! plans to integrate Rockmelt’s technology throughout various products.[7]


  • November 7, 2010 - Rockmelt for PC and Mac launches in private beta

This version of Rockmelt was based on Google's open-source project Chromium. This is a cross-platform family of browsers that use the open-source web layout engine WebKit[8]—jointly built by Apple, Google, and the open-source community—and Google's V8 JavaScript engine, also open-source.

  • March 11, 2011 - Rockmelt for PC and Mac launches in open beta [9]
  • April 19, 2011 - Rockmelt for iPhone launches [10]
  • October 11, 2012 - Rockmelt for iPad launches [11]
  • December 20, 2012 - a new Rockmelt for iPhone launches [12]
  • April 11, 2013 - Rockmelt for Web launches [13]
  • June 19, 2013 - Rockmelt for Android launches [14]
  • June 27, 2013 - Rockmelt for Windows launches [15]
  • August 2, 2013 - Rockmelt is acquired by Yahoo [16]


On December 13, 2010, Twitter included Rockmelt as the eighth most tweeted tech trend in 2010.[17]


  1. ^ "Rockmelt Terms of Service". 2011-12-13. 
  2. ^ Helft, Miguel (2009-08-13). "Netscape Founder Backs New Browser". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Rockmelt abandons its social desktop browser, launches new Web feed and revamped iPhone app
  4. ^ Helft, Miguel (2010-11-07). "Web Browsing Takes a Social Turn". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  5. ^ "What happened to Rockmelt for PC/Mac?". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-12-24. We’ve fallen behind Chromium (the open source browser upon which Rockmelt is based). This means some of your extensions no longer work, and a few security issues have gone unpatched. 
  6. ^ Facebook community page showing Rockmelt, Inc.'s headquarters
  7. ^ Geron, Tomio. Forbes |url= missing title (help). 
  8. ^ "World, Meet Rockmelt". Rockmelt blog. Rockmelt. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  9. ^ "No more waiting in line — RockMelt now in Open Beta!". 2010-03-11. 
  10. ^ Geron, Tomio (2011-04-19). "Rockmelt's New Mobile Browser--A New Mobile Home Screen?". Forbes. 
  11. ^ Levy, Steven (2012-10-11). "Rockmelt Thinks You’re Ready for a Modern Mobile Browser". Wired. 
  12. ^ "Rockmelt finally brings its deconstructed browser to the device I wanted it on back in October: My iPhone". 2012-12-20. 
  13. ^ Copeland, Michael V. (2013-11-04). "Marc Andreessen and Rockmelt Are Betting the Desktop Has a Future". Wired. 
  14. ^ "Rockmelt brings the Best of the Internet to Android". 2013-06-19. 
  15. ^ "Microsoft showcases developer opportunity on Windows Azure, Windows devices". 2013-06-27. 
  16. ^ Geron, Tomio (2013-02-08). "Yahoo acquires Rockmelt at". 
  17. ^ Twitter 2010: Year in Review - Twitter. 2010-12-13.