Timeline of web browsers

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This is a timeline of web browsers from the early 1990s to the present. Prior to browsers, many technologies and systems existed for information viewing and transmission. For an in-depth history of earlier web browsers, see the web browser article.

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Timeline[edit]

1990s[edit]

The following table chronicles the major release dates during the 1990s for the more popular web browsers.

1993 Lynx
Jan
Feb
Mar 2.0*
Apr
May
Jun
Jul 2.0.10
Aug 2.0.11
Sep
Oct
Nov 2.0.12
Dec 2.1
1994 Lynx Mosaic Netscape Opera
Jan
Feb 2.2
Mar
Apr
May 2.3
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct 0.9*
Nov 1.0β*
Dec 1.0
1995 Lynx Netscape Opera IE
Jan
Feb
Mar 1.1
Apr 1.0
May
Jun 2.4
Jul
Aug 1.22 1.0*
Sep
Oct
Nov 2.0
Dec
1996 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Mac IE
Jan 2.0B*
Feb
Mar 2.0
Apr 2.0 2.0
May 2.5
Jun
Jul
Aug 3.0 3.0 2.1
Sep 2.6
Oct
Nov
Dec 2.10
1997 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Mac IE
Jan 3.0
Feb 2.7
Mar
Apr
May
Jun 4.0
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct 4.0
Nov
Dec 3.0
1998 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Mac IE
Jan 4.0
Feb
Mar 2.8
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct 2.8.1 4.5
Nov 3.5
Dec
1999 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Mac IE Mozilla
Jan 4.5
Feb
Mar 5.0 M3*
Apr
May
Jun 2.8.2
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

2000s[edit]

The following table chronicles the major release dates during the 2000s for the more popular web browsers.

2000 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Mac IE Mozilla
Jan
Feb
Mar 5.0†[1]
Apr 2.8.3
May
Jun 4.0
Jul 5.5
Aug 5.6
Sep
Oct
Nov 6.0
Dec 5.0 0.6
2001 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Mozilla
Jan 0.7
Feb 0.8
Mar
Apr
May 0.9
Jun
Jul 2.8.4
Aug 6.1
Sep
Oct 6.2 6.0
Nov 6.0
Dec
2002 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Chimera Mozilla Phoenix
Jan
Feb 0.1*
Mar
Apr 0.2
May
Jun 1.0
Jul 0.4
Aug 7.0 (& 4.8) 1.1
Sep 6.0 SP1 0.5 0.1*
Oct 0.4
Nov 0.6 1.2
Dec 0.5
2003 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Camino Mozilla Firebird Safari Maxthon
Jan 7.0
Feb
Mar 0.7 1.3
Apr 7.1
May 0.6
Jun 7.1 1.4 1.0
Jul
Aug
Sep 7.2
Oct 1.5 0.7
Nov
Dec .9*
2004 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Camino Mozilla Firefox Safari Maxthon
Jan 1.6
Feb 2.8.5 0.8
Mar
Apr
May 7.5
Jun 0.8 1.7 0.9
Jul
Aug 7.2 6.0 SP2
Sep 0.10 (PR) 1.0*
Oct
Nov 1.0
Dec
2005 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Camino Mozilla
SeaMonkey
Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr 8.0 2.0
May 8.0
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep 8.5 SM 1.0α* 1.5 3.0*
Oct
Nov 1.5
Dec
2006 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Camino Mozilla
SeaMonkey
Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape
Jan 8.1 SM 1.0
Feb 1.0
Mar
Apr M. 1.7.13†[2]
May
Jun 9.0
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct 2.8.6 7.0 2.0
Nov 4.0
Dec 9.1
2007 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Camino SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 1.1
Feb
Mar
Apr 9.2
May 1.6 1.0*
Jun 1.5 3.0
Jul 2.0
Aug 1.1
Sep
Oct 9.0
Nov
Dec
2008 Lynx Netscape Opera IE Camino SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan
Feb 9.0.0.6†[3]
Mar 3.1 1.2
Apr 1.6
May
Jun 9.5 3.0
Jul
Aug
Sep 0.2.149.27*
Oct 9.6
Nov
Dec 1.0 2.5
2009 Lynx Chrome Opera IE Camino SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan
Feb
Mar 8.0
Apr 2.0
May 2.0 2.1
Jun 3.5 4.0
Jul 2.8.7
Aug
Sep 3.0 10.0 5.1
Oct 2.0
Nov 10.10 2.0
Dec 6.0

2010s[edit]

The following table chronicles the major release dates during the 2010s for the more popular web browsers.

2010 Lynx Chrome Opera IE Camino SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 4.0 3.6
Feb
Mar 10.50
Apr 6.1 2.5
May 5.0
Jun 4.1, 5.0
Jul 10.60 6.2
Aug 3.0 6.3
Sep 6.0 2.6
Oct 7.0
Nov
Dec 8.0 11.0
2011 Lynx Chrome Opera IE Camino SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 6.4
Feb 9.0
Mar 10.0 9.0 4.0
Apr 11.0 11.10 2.7
May 6.5
Jun 12.0 11.50 2.1 5.0 3.1
Jul 2.2 5.1
Aug 13.0 6.0
Sep 14.0 2.4 7.0 2.8
Oct 15.0 3.2
Nov 2.1 2.5 8.0
Dec 16.0 11.60 2.6 9.0 3.3
2012 Lynx Chrome Opera IE Camino SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 2.7 10.0
Feb 17.0
Mar 18.0 2.1.2†[4][5] 2.8 11.0
Apr 2.9 12.0 6.7 2.9
May 19.0
Jun 12.00 2.10 13.0 3.4
Jul 20.0 2.11 14.0 6.0
Aug 21.0 2.12 15.0
Sep 22.0 6.8
Oct 10.0 2.13 16.0
Nov 23.0 12.10 2.14 17.0 3.5
Dec 4.0
2013 Lynx Chrome Opera IE SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 24.0 2.15 18.0
Feb 25.0 2.16 19.0
Mar 26.0
Apr 12.15 2.17 20.0 3.0
May 27.0 21.0
Jun 22.0 4.1
Jul 28.0 15.0 2.19
Aug 29.0 2.20 23.0
Sep 16.0 2.21 24.0
Oct 30.0 17.0 11.0 2.22 25.0 7.0
Nov 31.0 18.0 4.2
Dec 2.23 26.0
2014 Lynx Chrome Opera IE SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 32.0 19.0
Feb 2.8.8 33.0 2.24 27.0 4.3
Mar 20.0 2.25 28.0
Apr 34.0 29.0 4.4 3.1
May 35.0 21.0 2.26
Jun 22.0 30.0
Jul 36.0 23.0 31.0 6.9
Aug 37.0 3.2
Sep 24.0 32.0 7.1
Oct 38.0 25.0 2.30 33.0 8.0
Nov 39.0
Dec 26.0 34.0
2015 Lynx Chrome Opera IE Edge SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 40.0 2.32 35.0
Feb 27.0 36.0
Mar 41.0 28.0 10* 2.33[6] 37.0 3.3[7]
Apr 42.0 29.0 11
May 43.0 13/15 38.0
Jun 30.0 16/19
Jul 44.0 20[8] 39.0
Aug 31.0 40.0 6.10
Sep 45.0 32.0 21 2.38[9] 41.0 9.0[10] 6.11
Oct 46.0[11] 33.0[12] 23 9.0.1[13] 4.4.8[14]
Nov 25[15] 2.39[16] 42.0
Dec 47.0 [17] 34.0[18] 43.0[19] 9.0.2[20]
2016 Lynx Chrome Opera IE Edge SeaMonkey Firefox Safari Maxthon Lunascape NetSurf
Jan 2.8.9dev8[21] 48.0 11.0.27[22] 44.0 6.12[23]
  • * Initial release
  • † No subsequent releases are planned

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