Usage share of web browsers

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Most used web browser by country as of February 2014 according to StatCounter.
  Safari
  Opera

The usage share of web browsers is the proportion, often expressed as a percentage, of visitors to a group of Web sites that use a particular Web browser. Web browser usage share varies from region to region as well as through time.

Accuracy[edit]

Measuring browser usage in the number of requests (page hits) made by each user agent can be misleading.

Overestimation[edit]

Not all requests are generated by a user, as a user agent can make requests at regular time intervals without user input. In this case, the user's activity might be overestimated. Some examples:

  • Certain anti-virus products fake their user-agent to appear to be popular browsers. This is done to trick attack sites that might display clean content to the scanner, but not to the browser. The Register reported in June 2008 that traffic from AVG Linkscanner, using an IE6 user-agent, outstripped human link clicks by nearly 10 to 1.[1]
  • A user who revisits a site shortly after changing or upgrading browsers may be double-counted under some methods; overall numbers at the time of a new version's release may be skewed.[2]
  • Occasionally websites are written in such a way that they effectively block certain browsers. One common reason for this is that the website has been tested to work with only a limited number of browsers, and so the site owners enforce that only tested browsers are allowed to view the content, while all other browsers are sent a "failure" message, and instruction to use another browser.[3] Many of the untested browsers may still be otherwise capable of serving the content. Sophisticated users who are aware of this may then "spoof" the user-agent in order to gain access to the site.
  • The browsers Chrome, Safari and Opera will under some circumstances fetch resources before they need to render them, so that the resources can be used faster if they are needed. This technique, prerendering or pre-loading, may inflate the statistics for the browsers using it because of pre-loading of resources which are not used in the end.[4]

Underestimation[edit]

It is also possible to underestimate the usage share by using the number of requests, for example:

  • Opera and Gecko-based browsers since Firefox 1.5 use fast Document Object Model (DOM) caching. JavaScript is only executed on pageload from net or disk cache, but not if it is loaded from DOM cache. This can have an impact on JavaScript-based tracking of browser statistics.[5]
  • While most browsers generate additional page hits by refreshing web pages when the user navigates back through page history, some browsers (such as Opera) reuse cached content without resending requests to the server.[6][7]
  • Generally, the more faithfully a browser implements HTTP's cache specifications, the more it will be under-reported relative to browsers that implement those specifications poorly.[7]
  • Browser users may run site, cookie and JavaScript blockers which cause those users to be under-counted. For example, common AdBlock blocklists such as EasyBlock include sites such as StatCounter in their privacy lists, and NoScript blocks all JavaScript by default. addons.mozilla.org reports 15.0 million users of AdBlock variants and 2.2 million users of NoScript.

Differences in measurement[edit]

Net Applications and W3Counter[citation needed] use unique visitors to measure web usage.[8] This has the effect that users visiting a site ten times will only be counted once by these sources, while they are counted ten times by statistics companies that measure page hits.

To supplement statistics from their unique visitors measurements Net Applications uses country-level weighting.[9] The goal of weighting countries based on their usage is to combat selection area based sampling bias caused by discrepancies in the percentage of tracked hits in the sample and the percentage of global usage documented by third party sources caused by the heavier levels of market usage. [10]

Summary table[edit]

The following tables summarize the usage share of browsers for the indicated month.

Usage share of desktop and mobile browsers combined for June 2014
Source Android
Browser
Chrome Internet
Explorer
Safari Opera
Other
NetApplications 3.94% 15.91% 48.39% 12.32% 2.18% 4.47%
Usage share of desktop browsers for June 2014
Source Chrome Internet
Explorer
Firefox Safari Opera
Other
NetApplications 19.34% 58.38% 15.54% 5.28% 1.05% 0.41%
Usage share of mobile (smartphone and tablet) browsers for June 2014
Source Android
Browser
Chrome Internet
Explorer
Safari Opera
Mini

Other
NetApplications 22.77% 16.67% 2.01% 47.06% 7.82% 4.69%
Usage share of desktop browsers for January 2014
Source Chrome Internet
Explorer
Firefox Safari Opera
Other
StatCounter 46.6% 24.6% 20.4% 5.1% 1.3% 2.0%
W3Counter 34.1% 20.3% 18.3% 17.8% 2.7% 6.8%
Wikimedia 42.7% 18.0% 15.3% 6.1% 2.4% 15.6%
NetApplications 16.4% 58.2% 18.0% 5.8% 1.3% 0.4%
Usage share of desktop browsers for June 2013
Source Chrome Internet
Explorer
Firefox Safari Opera
Other
StatCounter 42.7% 25.4% 20.0% 8.4% 1.0% 2.4%
Clicky 38.9% 29.1% 21.2% 9.3% 1.2% 0.3%
W3Counter 32.6% 21.7% 19.5% 15.4% 2.2% 8.6%
Wikimedia 46.0% 20.5% 17.7% 3.1% 5.5% 7.3%
NetApplications 17.2% 56.2% 19.2% 5.6% 1.6% 0.4%

Note: Wikimedia has recently had a large percentage of unrecognised browsers that are assumed to be Internet Explorer 11.[11]

Historical usage share[edit]

StatCounter (July 2008 to present)[edit]

Usage share of web browsers according to StatCounter.

StatCounter statistics are directly derived from hits (not unique visitors) from 3 million sites using StatCounter totaling more than 15 billion hits per month.[12] No weightings are used.

Desktop and mobile browser usage[edit]

StatCounter reports desktop (including laptop) and mobile browser share separately. For consistency, each desktop browser share has been reduced by multiplying it by the current overall desktop share versus mobile. Similarly, mobile browser shares have each been multiplied by the overall mobile percentage. This avoids having greater than 100% usage share when combining mobile and desktop.

Global desktop and mobile stats combined from StatCounter (Top 5 browsers)
Date
Internet
Explorer
[Note 1]
Chrome Firefox Safari Opera Android Mobile
Total
Desktop+Laptop Mobile Total Desktop+Laptop Mobile Total
July 2013 20.27% 36.29% 16.60% 7.10% 4.27% 11.37% 1.01% 2.73% 3.74% 4.97% 17.35%
June 2013 21.35% 35.82% 16.79% 7.04% 3.79% 10.83% 1.03% 2.28% 3.31% 4.66% 16.08%
May 2013 23.67% 35.66% 16.87% 6.80% 3.67% 10.55% 0.87% 2.13% 3.00% 4.45% 14.62%
April 2013 25.58% 33.71% 17.27% 6.89% 3.76% 10.65% 0.85% 2.26% 3.11% 4.30% 13.90%
March 2013 25.08% 32.88% 17.86% 7.28% 3.90% 11.18% 1.00% 2.24% 3.24% 4.43% 14.44%
February 2013 25.54% 31.96% 18.28% 7.37% 3.89% 11.26% 1.04% 2.21% 3.25% 4.53% 14.35%
January 2013 26.37% 31.51% 18.39% 7.12% 3.64% 10.76% 1.02% 2.17% 3.19% 4.36% 14.13%
July 2012 28.49% 30.06% 21.01% 6.33% 2.77% 9.10% 1.53% 2.15% 3.68% 2.57% 11.09%
January 2012 34.27% 25.99% 22.68% 6.06% 1.92% 7.98% 1.78% 2.06% 3.84% 1.71% 8.49%
July 2011 39.47% 20.59% 25.99% 4.81% 1.40% 6.21% 1.54% 1.54% 3.08% 1.28% 7.02%
June 2011 40.73% 19.30% 26.49% 4.74% 1.63% 6.53%
  1. ^ StatCounter reports desktop and mobile browser share separately, we report them together. For consistency, each desktop browser share has been reduced by multiplying it by the current overall desktop share versus mobile. Similarly, mobile browser shares have each been multiplied by the overall mobile percentage.
Global desktop stats from StatCounter (Top 5 browsers)
Date
Internet
Explorer

Chrome

Firefox

Safari

Opera

Mobile

May 2014 20.79% 45.60% 18.74% 10.01% 1.34% 26.98%
April 2014 21.43% 45.22% 18.62% 9.79% 1.39% 25.02%
March 2014 22.58% 43.66% 18.75% 9.91% 1.38% 25.42%
February 2014 22.49% 43.89% 19.21% 9.74% 1.34% 24.68%
January 2014 22.85% 43.67% 18.90% 9.73% 1.30% 23.77%
December 2013 23.24% 43.92% 18.95% 9.14% 1.31% 23.41%
November 2013 27.31% 41.87% 18.15% 8.50% 1.18% 20.04%
October 2013 28.96% 40.44% 18.11% 8.54% 1.20% 19.71%
September 2013 28.56% 40.80% 18.36% 8.52% 1.16% 17.81%
August 2013 25.55% 42.78% 19.25% 8.57% 1.16% 18.00%
July 2013 24.53% 43.12% 20.09% 8.59% 1.10% 17.35%
June 2013 25.44% 42.68% 20.01% 8.39% 1.03% 16.08%
May 2013 27.72% 41.38% 19.76% 7.96% 1.00% 14.62%
April 2013 29.71% 39.15% 20.06% 8.00% 1.01% 13.90%
March 2013 29.30% 38.07% 20.87% 8.60% 1.17% 14.44%
February 2013 29.82% 37.09% 21.34% 8.60% 1.22% 14.35%
January 2013 30.71% 36.52% 21.42% 8.29% 1.19% 14.13%
July 2012 32.04% 33.81% 23.73% 7.12% 1.72% 11.09%
January 2012 37.45% 28.40% 24.78% 6.62% 1.95% 8.49%
July 2011 42.45% 22.14% 27.95% 5.17% 1.66% 7.02%
January 2011 46.00% 15.68% 30.68% 5.09% 2.00% 4.30%
July 2010 52.68% 9.88% 30.69% 4.09% 1.91% 2.86%
January 2010 55.25% 6.04% 31.64% 3.76% 2.00% 1.56%
July 2009 60.11% 3.01% 30.50% 3.02% 2.64% 1.05%
January 2009 65.41% 1.38% 27.03% 2.57% 2.92% 0.67%
July 2008 68.57% 26.14% 3.30% 1.78%

Clicky (September 2009 to present)[edit]

Global usage share data from GetClicky.com
Period
Internet
Explorer

Chrome

Firefox

Safari

Opera

Other Mozilla

August 2013 28.76% 39.48% 20.86% 9.55% 1.04% 0.31%
July 2013 28.64% 39.44% 21.27% 9.19% 1.14% 0.31%
June 2013 29.08% 38.92% 21.22% 9.28% 1.17% 0.32%
May 2013 29.14% 38.39% 21.19% 9.86% 1.13% 0.29%
April 2013 30.57% 37.12% 21.36% 9.48% 1.22% 0.27%
March 2013 31.92% 35.83% 21.29% 9.52% 1.21% 0.24%
February 2013 33.10% 34.57% 21.40% 9.51% 1.21% 0.20%
January 2013 35.67% 32.79% 20.79% 9.41% 1.16% 0.19%
July 2012 35.77% 29.87% 23.61% 9.18% 1.43% 0.13%
January 2012 38.59% 25.75% 24.74% 9.55% 1.28% 0.09%
July 2011 42.06% 20.25% 27.35% 9.07% 1.20% 0.07%
January 2011 46.00% 15.25% 28.74% 8.62% 1.27% 0.12%
July 2010 49.26% 10.53% 30.88% 7.89% 1.26% 0.18%
January 2010 50.73% 6.85% 32.89% 7.79% 1.51% 0.23%
September 2009 54.58% 4.25% 31.96% 7.44% 1.34% 0.43%

W3Counter (May 2007 to present)[edit]

This site counts the last 15,000 page views from each of approximately 70,000 websites. This limits the influence of sites with more than 15,000 monthly visitors on the usage statistics. W3Counter is not affiliated with the W3C.

Global Web Stats from W3Counter
Date Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari Opera Other Mozilla
June 2014 19.0% 16.8% 38.0% 16.0% 3.2%
May 2014 19.1% 17.6% 37.0% 16.7% 3.0%
April 2014 18.0% 18.5% 37.1% 17.0% 2.8%
March 2014 18.3% 18.1% 37.2% 16.6% 2.9%
February 2014 19.6% 18.3% 36.4% 16.7% 2.6%
January 2014 20.3% 18.3% 34.2% 17.8% 2.7%
December 2013 21.9% 18.0% 33.7% 16.9% 2.8%
November 2013 25.8% 16.4% 32.7% 13.1% 2.3%
October 2013 27.8% 16.0% 30.8% 13.1% 2.3%
September 2013 25.2% 16.8% 31.4% 14.3% 2.4%
August 2013 24.0% 17.8% 31.8% 14.2% 2.4%
July 2013 22.2% 18.5% 32.3% 14.7% 2.3%
June 2013 21.7% 19.5% 32.6% 15.4% 2.2%
May 2013 22.0% 19.2% 32.3% 14.8% 2.2%
April 2013 23.1% 20.7% 31.5% 15.1% 2.3%
March 2013 24.6% 19.3% 30.3% 16.3% 2.3%
February 2013 26.6% 19.7% 29.3% 15.4% 2.4%
January 2013 27.5% 20.0% 30.0% 14.8% 2.3%
July 2012 28.6% 23.1% 28.3% 13.3% 2.2%
January 2012 30.9% 24.8% 24.6% 6.5% 2.5%
July 2011 35.6% 27.7% 19.6% 6.4% 2.3%
January 2011 40.0% 31.1% 14.2% 5.9% 2.0%
July 2010 44.4% 31.4% 9.8% 1.9% 2.1%
January 2010 49.7% 32.3% 6.3% 5.4% 2.1%
31 July 2009 53.1% 31.7% 3.3% 4.6% 1.8% 1.1%
31 January 2009 58.4% 31.1% 2.7% 2.0% 1.1%
31 July 2008 60.9% 29.7% 2.4% 2.0% 1.0%
31 January 2008 62.2% 28.7% 2.7% 2.0% 0.52%
30 July 2007 66.9% 25.1% 2.2% 1.8% 0.67%
30 May 2007 67.1% 24.8% 2.4% 1.8% 0.68%
Date Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari Opera Other Mozilla

Net Applications (2004 Q4 to present)[edit]

Net Applications bases its usage share on statistics from 40,000 websites having around 160 million unique visitors per month. The mean site has 1300 unique visitors per day.

On 1 August 2009, Net Applications began weighting its raw data based on the number of internet users in the countries concerned, using data from the CIA ; the changes were applied retroactively to older data, starting with November 2007.[13] Quarterly data prior to Q1 2008, is reported with a different methodology compared to quarterly data starting with Q1 2008, so combining these data sets and/or using them as the basis for identifying historical trends could result in flawed information.

* Net Applications no longer reports data prior to November 2007 because of this change in methodology.

Global usage share of desktop browsers data from: Net Applications
Period
Internet
Explorer

Firefox

Chrome

Safari

Opera

Other

2014 Q2 58.14% 18.34% 16.45% 5.55% 1.11% 0.27%
2014 Q1 58.10% 17.62% 16.95% 5.71% 1.23% 0.30%
2013 Q4 58.15% 18.53% 15.71% 5.85% 1.38% 0.38%
2013 Q3 57.37% 18.59% 16.52% 5.61% 1.49% 0.42%
2013 Q2 55.89% 20.04% 16.42% 5.46% 1.69% 0.50%
2013 Q1 55.58% 20.09% 16.76% 5.32% 1.77% 0.48%
2012 Q4 54.56% 20.07% 17.95% 5.26% 1.67% 0.49%
2012 Q3 53.52% 19.87% 19.44% 5.07% 1.57% 0.53%
2012 Q2 54.05% 19.98% 19.18% 4.71% 1.60% 0.48%
2012 Q1 53.16% 20.80% 18.83% 5.03% 1.67% 0.51%
2011 Q4 52.32% 22.10% 18.43% 5.09% 1.60% 0.46%
2011 Q3 55.29% 22.63% 15.28% 4.74% 1.69% 0.37%
Global usage share data from: Net Applications
Period
Internet
Explorer

Firefox

Chrome

Safari

Opera

Opera Mini

Netscape

Other Mozilla

2011 Q2 54.36% 21.67% 12.51% 7.30% 1.97% 1.21% 0.79% 0.03%
2011 Q1 56.19% 22.11% 11.07% 6.43% 2.20% 1.02% 0.75% 0.03%
2010 Q4 58.27% 22.80% 9.23% 5.59% 2.24% 0.96% 0.67% 0.03%
2010 Q3 60.29% 22.93% 7.53% 5.17% 2.40% 0.88% 0.52% 0.02%
2010 Q2 60.01% 24.24% 7.00% 4.78% 2.33% 0.73% 0.49% 0.12%
2010 Q1 61.43% 24.40% 5.67% 4.55% 2.37% 0.61% 0.52% 0.15%
2009 Q4 63.67% 24.46% 4.04% 4.41% 2.29% 0.45% 0.32% 0.11%
2009 Q3 66.80% 23.06% 2.86% 4.13% 2.07% 0.30% 0.50% 0.09%
2009 Q2 68.06% 23.00% 2.13% 3.67% 2.05% 0.25% 0.68% 0.06%
2009 Q1 69.13% 22.67% 1.56% 3.58% 2.18% 0.23% 0.51% 0.06%
2008 Q4 71.99% 20.78% 1.16% 3.11% 2.15% 0.24% 0.41% 0.07%
2008 Q3 74.93% 19.07% 0.37% 2.73% 2.06% 0.23% 0.43% 0.07%
2008 Q2 76.24% 18.16% 2.73% 1.97% 0.20% 0.48% 0.08%
2008 Q1 77.83% 16.86% 2.65% 1.84% 0.17% 0.41% 0.13%
*2007 Q4 *79.16% *15.84% *2.39% *1.78% *0.12% *0.50% *0.09%
*2007 Q3 *78.85% *14.69% *4.80% *0.51% *0.76% *0.11%
*2007 Q2 *78.76% *14.92% *4.66% *0.46% *0.83% *0.15%
*2007 Q1 *79.38% *14.35% *4.70% *0.50% *0.77% *0.19%
*2006 Q4 *80.69% *13.50% *4.06% *0.56% *0.86% *0.23%
*2006 Q3 *82.88% *11.89% *3.30% *0.62% *0.88% *0.26%
*2006 Q2 *84.03% *10.67% *3.25% *0.57% *0.98% *0.32%
*2006 Q1 *85.01% *9.77% *3.10% *0.53% *1.09% *0.36%
*2005 Q4 *85.88% *9.00% *2.80% *0.54% *1.25% *0.43%
*2005 Q3 *86.74% *7.97% *2.24% *0.55% *1.92% *0.48%
*2005 Q2 *87.24% *8.08% *1.89% *0.52% *1.62% *0.59%
*2005 Q1 *89.02% *6.17% *1.70% *0.49% *1.89% *0.67%
*2004 Q4 *91.35% *3.66% *1.50% *0.51% *2.09% *0.80%
Period
Internet
Explorer

Firefox

Chrome

Safari

Opera

Opera
Mini


Netscape

Other Mozilla

Note: * indicates data generated prior to Net Applications' November 2007 change in methodology. See note above.

Wikimedia (April 2009 to present)[edit]

Wikimedia traffic analysis reports are based on server logs of about 4 billion page requests per month, based on the user agent information that accompanied the requests.[14] These server logs cover requests to all the Wikimedia Foundation projects, including Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikiversity and others.[15]

Note: Wikimedia has recently had a large percentage of unrecognised browsers, previously counted as Firefox, that are now assumed to be Internet Explorer 11 fixed ONLY for February 2014 numbers. And February 2014 numbers include mobile for Internet Explorer and Firefox (not included in Android). Chrome does not include mobile numbers (Android does).

Usage share data from Wikimedia visitor log analysis report: All Requests
Period Chrome
Firefox
Internet
Explorer
Safari Opera Android
Mobile
Total
Desktop Mobile Total Desktop Mobile Total
February 2014 27.94% 12.00% 17.01% 3.83% 17.97% 21.80% 1.50% 1.27% 2.77% 12.59% 35.03%
January 2014 27.32% 18.15% 11.78% 3.88% 19.41% 23.29% 1.51% 1.32% 2.83% 12.89% 35.01%
December 2013 30.70% 17.90% 11.48% 3.45% 18.03% 21.48% 1.54% 1.32% 2.86% 11.52% 32.20%
November 2013 35.04% 17.37% 13.80% 2.52% 15.17% 17.69% 1.49% 1.16% 2.65% 9.45% 26.99%
October 2013 33.93% 16.12% 15.46% 2.36% 14.34% 16.70% 1.53% 1.17% 2.70% 9.00% 26.32%
August 2013 31.07% 17.17% 15.98% 2.69% 15.92% 18.61% 1.87% 1.14% 3.01% 9.18% 28.25%
July 2013 32.33% 16.90% 15.65% 2.63% 15.66% 18.29% 2.06% 1.18% 3.24% 8.56% 27.38%
June 2013 35.16% 17.83% 15.93% 2.37% 13.13% 15.50% 2.18% 1.10% 3.28% 6.45% 22.32%
May 2013 35.23% 17.79% 16.99% 2.19% 12.63% 14.82% 2.41% 1.14% 3.55% 6.32% 21.83%
April 2013 34.16% 18.16% 16.95% 2.31% 13.61% 15.92% 2.42% 1.18% 3.60% 6.55% 23.13%
March 2013 33.22% 16.28% 17.03% 4.34% 13.59% 17.93% 2.55% 1.18% 3.73% 6.51% 23.13%
February 2013 32.21% 16.80% 18.27% 4.56% 13.06% 17.62% 2.57% 1.21% 3.78% 6.25% 22.44%
January 2013 31.34% 17.61% 18.68% 4.64% 12.66% 17.30% 2.72% 1.16% 3.88% 6.01% 21.71%
July 2012 27.20% 19.23% 23.70% 4.88% 10.60% 15.48% 3.00% 1.50% 4.50% 4.55% 18.19%
January 2012 22.20% 22.30% 29.51% 5.87% 7.58% 13.45% 3.94% 1.21% 5.15% 3.21% 13.40%
July 2011 16.81% 24.98% 36.78% 5.44% 5.31% 10.75% 3.32% 0.90% 4.22% 1.71% 9.80%
January 2011 11.75% 28.71% 41.56% 5.53% 3.73% 9.26% 3.55% 0.70% 4.25% 0.90% 6.90%
Usage share data from Wikimedia visitor log analysis report
Period
Internet
Explorer

Firefox

Chrome

Safari

Opera

Other
Mozilla

Mobile

December 2010 42.12% 28.82% 11.18% 5.70% 3.67% 0.52% 6.4%
July 2010 47.74% 30.43% 7.52% 5.18% 2.89% 0.53% 4.5%
January 2010 51.01% 30.85% 4.81% 5.13% 3.18% 0.56% 3.1%
July 2009 54.55% 31.52% 2.77% 4.51% 2.38% 0.70% 2.4%
April 2009 57.37% 30.71% 1.93% 3.86% 2.57% 0.68% 1.9%

Older reports[edit]

StatOwl.com (September 2008 to November 2012)[edit]

USA usage share data from StatOwl.com
Period
Internet
Explorer

Firefox,
Other Mozilla
Chrome

Safari

Opera

Gecko

Netscape
Navigator

November 2012 43.38% 19.42% 24.91% 9.27% 0.75% 0.84%
October 2012 44.40% 19.62% 24.09% 9.42% 0.68% 0.55%
September 2012 45.03% 19.26% 23.31% 9.84% 0.65% 0.78%
August 2012 45.87% 19.49% 22.53% 10.14% 0.59% 0.43%
July 2012 46.95% 19.03% 22.31% 9.96% 0.52% 0.36%
June 2012 46.69% 19.42% 21.76% 9.80% 0.55% 0.30%
May 2012 46.47% 20.47% 20.88% 10.04% 0.55% 0.30%
April 2012 48.28% 19.73% 19.39% 10.51% 0.44% 0.27%
March 2012 49.18% 19.46% 18.10% 11.14% 0.38% 0.29%
February 2012 50.98% 19.00% 17.05% 11.16% 0.33% 0.22%
January 2012 51.81% 18.98% 16.77% 10.93% 0.38% 0.15%
December 2011 51.42% 19.73% 16.78% 10.69% 0.39% 0.16%
November 2011 51.17% 20.15% 16.13% 11.29% 0.38% 0.16%
October 2011 52.59% 20.06% 15.01% 11.13% 0.36% 0.17%
September 2011 53.79% 20.18% 13.79% 10.81% 0.37% 0.21%
August 2011 53.81% 20.61% 13.64% 10.75% 0.39% 0.15%
July 2011 55.26% 20.29% 12.58% 10.68% 0.37% 0.13%
June 2011 56.23% 20.85% 12.04% 9.77% 0.46%
May 2011 57.48% 20.43% 11.06% 9.88% 0.49%
April 2011 57.08% 21.40% 10.85% 9.47% 0.53%
March 2011 60.27% 19.57% 9.60% 9.62% 0.42%
February 2011 60.92% 19.21% 9.13% 9.59% 0.40% 0.42%
January 2011 61.28% 19.57% 8.80% 9.40% 0.39% 0.31%
December 2010 60.98% 20.14% 8.61% 9.33% 0.40% 0.24%
November 2010 62.13% 19.69% 7.46% 9.42% 0.37% 0.18%
October 2010 62.54% 19.76% 7.17% 9.03% 0.36% 0.15%
September 2010 62.68% 20.51% 6.99% 8.83% 0.36% 0.15%
August 2010 62.66% 20.94% 6.83% 8.83% 0.35% 0.14%
July 2010 61.73% 21.66% 6.95% 8.94% 0.36% 0.11%
June 2010 63.37% 21.26% 6.24% 8.52% 0.33%
May 2010 64.17% 21.12% 5.59% 8.31% 0.37%
April 2010 64.55% 21.35% 5.23% 8.12% 0.40%
March 2010 66.34% 19.90% 4.39% 8.59% 0.31%
February 2010 66.99% 19.48% 3.98% 9.00% 0.24% 0.06%
January 2010 66.33% 20.31% 3.87% 8.94% 0.26% 0.06%
December 2009 66.12% 20.82% 3.51% 8.73% 0.30% 0.07%
November 2009 67.74% 20.15% 2.88% 8.56% 0.28% 0.10%
October 2009 68.38% 20.32% 2.56% 8.09% 0.27% 0.14%
September 2009 67.25% 21.12% 2.41% 8.46% 0.28% 0.21%
August 2009 68.37% 21.32% 2.21% 7.29% 0.28% 0.23%
July 2009 69.29% 21.06% 2.05% 6.77% 0.30% 0.24%
June 2009 71.44% 19.48% 1.93% 6.30% 0.33% 0.22%
May 2009 71.35% 20.26% 1.64% 5.95% 0.31% 0.21%
April 2009 71.38% 20.46% 1.43% 5.80% 0.31% 0.19%
March 2009 72.03% 20.00% 1.19% 5.91% 0.30% 0.10%
February 2009 74.04% 18.64% 0.97% 5.57% 0.27% 0.10%
January 2009 73.05% 19.39% 0.96% 5.72% 0.29% 0.12%
December 2008 70.89% 20.87% 0.95% 6.32% 0.33% 0.13%
November 2008 72.07% 19.78% 0.68% 6.57% 0.29% 0.13%
October 2008 73.45% 18.88% 0.57% 6.22% 0.26% 0.16%
September 2008 74.53% 18.14% 0.52% 5.98% 0.22% 0.17%

92% of sites monitored by StatOwl serve predominantly United States market.[16]

AT Internet Institute (Europe, 2007-07 to 2010–06)[edit]

AT Internet Institute was formerly known as XiTi.

Method: Only counts visits to local sites in 23 European countries and then averages the percentages for those 23 European countries independent of population size.

Europe usage share data from AT Internet Institute
Date Internet Explorer Netscape Firefox Opera Safari Chrome Source
June 2010 53.8% 30.6% 2.4% 6.8% 5.7% 2010-6
March 2010 57.1% 29.6% 2.2% 5.2% 5.3% 2010-3
September 2009 62.0% 28.4% 2.2% 4.3% 2.8% 2009–11
April 2009 63.6% 0.6% 28.4% 2.2% 3.4% 1.7% 2009-5
March 2009 64.6% 0.6% 27.8% 2.2% 3.3% 1.4%
February 2009 65.6% 0.5% 27.4% 2.1% 3.0% 1.3%
January 2009 58.1% 0.6% 32.5% 4.1% 3.0% 1.5% 2009-1
December 2008 58.5% 0.6% 32.3% 4.5% 2.7% 1.3%
November 2008 59.5% 0.6% 31.1% 5.1% 2.5% 1.1% 2008-12-22
October 2008 59.2% 0.6% 31.1% 5.4% 2.4% 1.1%
September 2008 60.2% 0.4% 31.2% 4.8% 2.4% 1.0% 2008-10-10
August 2008 59.4% 0.3% 33.0% 4.5% 2.6%
July 2008 60.4% 0.3% 32.2% 4.5% 2.4%
June 2008 60.5% 0.3% 31.4% 5.1% 2.5%
May 2008 61.7% 0.4% 30.7% 4.7% 2.4%
April 2008 64.5% 0.5% 28.9% 3.6% 2.4%
March 2008 65.0% 0.5% 28.8% 3.3% 2.3% 2008-04-30
February 2008 65.6% 0.5% 28.5% 3.2% 2.2%
January 2008 66.1% 0.5% 28.0% 3.2% 2.1%
December 2007 66.1% 0.5% 28.0% 3.3% 2.0%
November 2007 66.9% 0.5% 27.3% 3.2% 1.9%
October 2007 67.5% 0.4% 27.0% 3.1% 1.8%
September 2007 66.6% 0.3% 27.7% 3.4% 1.8% 2007-10-30
2–8 July 2007 66.5% 0.3% 27.8% 3.5% 1.7% 2007-07-18

TheCounter.com (2000 to 2009)[edit]

TheCounter.com identifies sixteen versions of six browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Netscape, and Konqueror). Other browsers are categorised as either "Netscape compatible" (including Google Chrome, which may also be categorized as "Safari" because of its "Webkit" subtag) or "unknown". Internet Explorer 8 is identified as Internet Explorer 7. Monthly data includes all hits from 2008-02-01 until the end of the month concerned. More than the exact browser type, this data identifies the underlying rendering engine used by various browsers, and the table below aggregates them in the same column.

Global usage share data from TheCounter.com (global statistics)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Netscape,
Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Opera

Netscape
Navigator

Sources
2009 Q4 66.42% 21.13% 10.05% 1.00% 0.05% Oct, Nov, Dec
2009 Q3 69.07% 20.59% 8.10% 0.89% 0.06% Jul, Aug, Sep
2009 Q2 70.31% 20.12% 6.44% 0.94% 0.06% Apr, May, Jun
2009 Q1 71.25% 20.01% 5.47% 0.92% 0.08% Jan, Feb, Mar
2008 Q4 74.24% 18.66% 4.52% 0.89% 0.07% Oct, Nov, Dec
2008 Q3 76.33% 17.97% 3.76% 0.84% 0.07% Jul, Aug, Sep
2008 Q2 78.30% 16.36% 3.41% 0.81% 0.06% Apr, May, Jun
2008 Q1 78.80% 15.87% 3.32% 0.79% 0.06% Jan, Feb, Mar
2007 Q4 81.14% 13.81% 3.21% 0.67% 0.06% Oct, Nov, Dec
2007 Q3 81.63% 13.49% 3.00% 0.66% 0.06% Jul, Aug, Sep
2007 Q2 82.97% 12.41% 2.87% 0.64% 0.06% Apr, May, Jun
2007 Q1 83.69% 11.57% 2.92% 0.57% 0.06% Jan, Feb, Mar
2006 Q4 84.11% 11.13% 2.80% 0.60% 0.05% Nov, Dec
2006 Q3 84.48% 10.56% 2.27% 0.73% 0.06% Jul, Aug, Sep
2006 Q2 86.32% 9.03% 1.89% 0.70% 0.05% Apr, May, Jun
2006 Q1 90.01% 6.77% 1.40% 0.58% 0.05% Jan, Feb, Mar
2005 Q4 87.25% 8.60% 1.83% 0.71% 0.07% Oct, Nov, Dec
2005 Q3 87.58% 8.42% 1.60% 0.67% 0.07% Jul, Aug, Sep
2005 Q2 90.90% 6.02% 0.99% 0.51% 0.09% Apr, May, Jun
2005 Q1 90.77% 5.73% 1.00% 0.54% 0.11% Jan, Feb, Mar
2004 Q4 90.98% 5.10% 0.77% 0.68% 0.18% Oct, Nov, Dec
2004 Q3 92.70% 3.57% 0.73% 0.65% 0.20% Jul, Aug, Sep
2004 Q2 95.04% 2.37% 0.67% 0.51% 0.32% Apr, May, Jun
2004 Q1 94.28% 2.70% 0.52% 0.36% Jan, Feb, Mar
2003 Q4 Oct, Nov, Dec
2003 Q3 Jul, Aug, Sep
2003 Q2 94.43% 2.22% 0.66% 1.45% Apr, May, Jun
2003 Q1 94.18% 2.15% 0.65% 1.77% Jan, Feb, Mar
2002 Q4 93.94% 1.67% 0.83% 2.31% Oct, Nov, Dec
2002 Q3 93.32% 1.36% 0.94% 3.04% Jul, Aug, Sep
2002 Q2 92.47% 1.13% 0.82% 4.13% Apr, May, Jun
2002 Q1 92.40% 0.93% 0.52% 4.67% Jan, Feb, Mar
2001 Q4 90.83% 0.71% 0.36% 5.23% Oct, Nov, Dec
2001 Q3 88.43% 0.26% 0.31% 6.49% Jul, Aug, Sep
2001 Q2 87.99% 0.27% 0.28% 7.46% Apr, May, Jun
2001 Q1 86.80% 0.30% 0.22% 9.84% Jan, Feb, Mar
2000 Q4 83.95% 0.14% 0.14% 12.61% Oct, Nov, Dec
2000 Q3 82.76% 0.04% 0.14% 14.35% Jul, Aug, Sep
2000 Q2 80.30% 0.02% 0.12% 17.54% Apr, May, Jun
2000 Q1 79.09% 0.00% 0.13% 19.25% Jan, Feb, Mar
Period
Internet
Explorer

Netscape,
Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Opera

Netscape
Navigator

Sources

OneStat.com (2002–04 to 2009–03)[edit]

Global usage share data from OneStat.com (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Chrome

Opera

Netscape

Netscape
Navigator

March 2009 79.79% 15.59% 2.65% 0.86% 0.54% 0.31%
November 2008 81.36% 14.67% 2.42% 0.54% 0.55% 0.32%
February 2008 83.27% 13.76% 2.18% 0.55% 0.14%
June 2007 84.66% 12.72% 1.79% 0.61% 0.11%
January 2007 85.81% 11.69% 1.64% 0.58% 0.13%
November 2006 85.24% 12.15% 1.61% 0.69% 0.11%
October 2006 85.85% 11.49% 1.61% 0.69% 0.12%
July 2006 83.05% 12.93% 1.84% 1.00% 0.16%
May 2006 85.17% 11.79% 2.02% 0.79% 0.15%
January 2006 85.82% 11.23% 1.88% 0.77% 0.16%
November 2005 85.45% 11.51% 1.75% 0.77% 0.26%
April 2005 86.63% 8.69% 1.26% 1.03% 1.08%
February 2005 87.28% 8.45% 1.21% 1.09% 1.11%
November 2004 88.90% 7.35% 0.91% 1.33%
May 2004 93.9% 2.1% 0.71% 1.02%
January 2004 94.8% 1.8% 0.48% 0.8%
July 2003 95.4% 1.6% 0.25% 0.6% 1.9% 0.6%
February 2003 95.2% 1.2% 0.11% 0.7% 1.9% 1.0%
December 2002 95.0% 1.1% 0.8% 1.9% 1.1%
September 2002 94.9% 0.8% 0.9% 1.8% 1.2%
June 2002 95.3% 0.4% 0.7% 1.5% 1.9%
April 2002 96.6% 0.5% 0.7% 2.1%
USA usage share data from OneStat.com (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Chrome

Opera

Netscape

March 2009 72.69% 20.40% 4.53% 1.05% 0.49% 0.38%
November 2008 75.54% 18.74% 3.95% 0.62% 0.39% 0.50%
June 2007 75.69% 19.65% 3.77% 0.61% 0.17%
January 2007 78.13% 16.11% 3.68% 0.73% 0.18%
Canadian usage share data from OneStat.com (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Chrome

Opera

Netscape

March 2009 65.55% 23.09% 7.36% 1.32% 0.75% 0.56%
November 2008 69.67% 20.38% 7.56% 0.92% 0.76% 0.56%
June 2007 75.76% 16.47% 5.72% 0.69% 0.13%
January 2007 79.00% 14.13% 4.70% 0.71% 0.14%
UK usage share data from OneStat.com (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Chrome

Opera

Netscape

March 2009 80.91% 15.16% 1.94% 0.85% 0.60% 0.36%
November 2008 83.77% 11.45% 1.76% 0.43% 0.60% 0.34%
June 2007 86.00% 11.22% 1.61% 0.53% 0.10%
January 2007 86.72% 10.86% 1.78% 0.49% 0.10%
Australian usage share data from OneStat.com (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Chrome

Opera

Netscape

June 2007 66.42% 26.32% 1.86% 4.05% 0.24%
January 2007 65.71% 26.68% 1.77% 4.28% 0.24%
French usage share data from OneStat.com (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Other Mozilla,
Firefox
Safari

Chrome

Opera

Netscape

March 2009 71.57% 23.48% 2.90% 0.86% 0.54% 0.46%
November 2008 71.50% 23.45% 3.23% 0.59% 0.56% 0.51%

ADTECH (Europe, 2004 to 2009-Q4)[edit]

Europe usage share data from ADTECH (press releases)
Period
Internet
Explorer

Firefox

Safari

Chrome

Opera

Other Mozilla

Netscape

Q4 2009 63.6% 26.7% 3.6% 2.8% 1.7% 0.7%
Q1 2009 67.7% 25.3% 2.6% 1.0% 1.4% 1.1%
Q1 2008 76.2% 18.1% 1.7% 1.0% 2.6%
Q4 2007 76.0% 18.0% 1.6% 1.0% 2.9%
July 2007 77.5% 15.5% 1.6% 0.9% 3.9%
February 2007 77.34% 14.34% 1.63% 0.85% 5.11%
February–April 2006 83.36% 12.38% 1.67% 0.77% 0.82% 0.38%
September 2005 83.31% 12.41% 1.40% 0.90% 1.06% 0.61%
June 2005 85.10% 10.11% 1.34% 1.21% 1.05% 0.60%
March 2005 86.73% 8.96% 1.12% 1.14% 0.71%
February 2005 87.57% 7.85% 1.05% 1.26% 0.76%
January 2005 87.13% 7.43% 1.70% 1.33% 0.85%
30 November 2004 89.47% 5.51% 1.01% 2.50% 0.92%
16 November 2004 90.56% 4.56% 1.07% 2.38% 0.89%
September 2004 92.63% 2.91% 1.00% 2.10% 0.82%
August 2004 93.08% 2.15% 0.89% 2.18% 0.95%
July 2004 93.08% 1.64% 0.99% 2.62% 0.97%
January–April 2004 94.72% 0.73% 2.50% 1.49%

WebSideStory (USA, 1999-02 to 2006–06)[edit]

USA usage share data from: WebSideStory
Date Internet Explorer Netscape, Other Mozilla Firefox Source
June 2006 86.64% 9.95% 19 July 2006
5 January 2006 87.63% 8.88% 12 January 2006
4 November 2005 88.16% 1.61% 8.13% 10 November 2005
23 September 2005 88.46% 1.69% 7.86% 27 September 2005
29 April 2005 88.86% 2.23% 6.75% 10 May 2005
18 February 2005 89.85% 2.47% 5.69% 28 February 2005
14 January 2005 90.28% 2.64% 4.95%
3 December 2004 91.80% 2.83% 4.06%
5 November 2004 92.89% 2.95% 3.03%
8 October 2004 93.21% 3.05% 2.66% 13 December 2004
4 June 2004 95.48% 3.53%
26 August 2002 95.97% 3.39% 28 August 2002
25 October 2001 89.03% 10.47% 31 October 2001
25 April 2001 86.61% 13.10% 1 May 2001
21 February 2001 87.71% 12.01% 22 February 2001
18 June 2000 86.08% 13.90%
2 August 1999 75.31% 24.68% 9 August 1999
6 April 1999 68.75% 29.46% 7 April 1999
1 March 1999 66.90% 31.21% 2 March 1999
8 February 1999 64.60% 33.43% 22 February 2001

Reports from before year 2000[edit]


GVU WWW user survey (1994-01 to 1998–10)

Usage share data from: GVU WWW user survey
Date Mosaic Netscape Navigator Internet Explorer Source
October 1998 64% 32.2% Primary Browser in 12 Months
April 1998 70% 22.7% Browser Expected to Use in 12 Months
October 1997 59.67% 15.13% Browser Expected to Use in 12 Months
April 1997 81.13% 12.13% Browser Expected to Use in 12 Months
October 1996 80.45% 12.18% Browser Expected to Use in 12 Months
April 1996 89.36% 3.76% Browser Expected to Use in 12 Months
April 1995 9% 54% Hal Berghel's Cybernautica – "A Web Monopoly"
October 1994 68% 18% Result Graph – Browser
January 1994 97% General Results Graphs


EWS Web Server at UIUC (1996 Q2 to 1998)

Usage share data from: EWS Web Server at UIUC
Date Mosaic Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator Source
1998 Q4 50.43% 46.87% Oct 1998, Nov 1998, Dec 1998
1998 Q3 47.90% 48.97% Jul 1998, Aug 1998, Sep 1998
1998 Q2 43.17% 53.57% Apr 1998, May 1998, Jun 1998
1998 Q1 39.67% 57.63% Jan 1998, Feb 1998, Mar 1998
1997 Q4 35.53% 62.23% Oct 1997, Nov 1997, Dec 1997
1997 Q3 32.40% 64.93% Jul 1997, Aug 1997, Sep 1997
1997 Q2 0.37% 27.67% 69.77% Apr 1997, May 1997, Jun 1997
1997 Q1 0.60% 22.87% 74.33% Jan 1997, Feb 1997, Mar 1997
1996 Q4 1.20% 19.07% 77.13% Oct 1996, Nov 1996, Dec 1996
1996 Q3 2.47% 13.97% 80.37% Jul 1996, Aug 1996, Sep 1996
1996 Q2 6.93% 9.60% 82.77% Apr 1996, May 1996, Jun 1996


ZD Market Intelligence (USA, 1997-01 to 1998–01)

Usage share data from: ZD Market Intelligence
Date Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator Source
January 1998 39% 54% Behind the numbers: Browser market share
January 1997 21% 63%


Zona Research (USA, 1997-01 to 1998–07)

Usage share data from: Zona Research
Date Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator Source
July 1998 45% 54% Behind the numbers: Browser market share
September 1997 36% 62%
January 1997 28% 70%


AdKnowledge (1998-01 to 1998–06)

Usage share data from: AdKnowledge
Date Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator Source
June 1998 46% 52% Behind the numbers: Browser market share
March 1998 42% 57%
January 1998 36% 61%


Dataquest (1995 to 1997)

Usage share data from: Dataquest
Date Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator Source
1997 39.4% 57.6% Browser wars: High price, huge rewards
1996 20% 73%
1995 2.9% 80.1%


International Data Corporation (US, 1996 to 1997)

Usage share data from: International Data Corporation
Date Internet Explorer Netscape Navigator Source
1997 23% 51% Behind the numbers: Browser market share
1996 16% 55%

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