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Timeline representing the history of various web browsers

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

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. 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
1991 WorldWideWeb (Nexus)
1992 ViolaWWW, Erwise, MidasWWW, MacWWW (Samba)
1993 Mosaic, Cello,[2] Lynx 2.0, Arena, AMosaic 1.0
1994 IBM WebExplorer, Netscape Navigator, SlipKnot 1.0, MacWeb, IBrowse, Agora (Argo), Minuet
1995 Internet Explorer 1, Internet Explorer 2, Netscape Navigator 2.0, OmniWeb, UdiWWW,[3], Grail
1996 Arachne 1.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, Netscape Navigator 3.0, Opera 2.0,
PowerBrowser 1.5,[4] Cyberdog, Amaya 0.9,[5] AWeb, Voyager
1997 Internet Explorer 4.0, Netscape Navigator 4.0, Netscape Communicator 4.0, Opera 3.0[6], Amaya 1.0[5]
1998 iCab, Mozilla
1999 Amaya 2.0,[5] Mozilla M3, Internet Explorer 5.0
2000 Konqueror, Netscape 6, Opera 4,[7] Opera 5,[8] K-Meleon 0.2, Amaya 3.0[5], Amaya 4.0[5]
2001 Internet Explorer 6, Galeon 1.0, Opera 6[9], Amaya 5.0[5]
2002 Netscape 7, Mozilla 1.0, Phoenix 0.1, Links 2.0, Amaya 6.0,[5] Amaya 7.0[5]
2003 Opera 7,[10] Apple Safari 1.0, Epiphany 1.0, Amaya 8.0[5]
2004 Firefox 1.0, Netscape Browser, OmniWeb 5.0
2005 Opera 8,[11] Apple Safari 2.0, Netscape Browser 8.0, Epiphany 1.8, Amaya 9.0[5], AOL Explorer 1.0, Maxthon 1.0, Shiira 1.0
2006 Mozilla Firefox 2.0, Internet Explorer 7, Opera 9,[12], SeaMonkey 1.0, K-Meleon 1.0, Galeon 2.0, Camino 1.0, Avant 11, iCab 3
2007 Apple Safari 3.0, Maxthon 2.0, Netscape Navigator 9, NetSurf 1.0, Flock 1.0, Conkeror
2008 Google Chrome 1, Mozilla Firefox 3, Opera 9.5,[13], Apple Safari 3.1, Konqueror 4, Amaya 10.0[5], Flock 2, Amaya 11.0[5]
2009 Google Chrome 2–3, Mozilla Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8, Opera 10,[14], Apple Safari 4, SeaMonkey 2, Camino 2, surf, Pale Moon 3.0[15]
2010 Google Chrome 4–8, Mozilla Firefox 3.6, Opera 10.50,[16], Opera 11, Apple Safari 5, K-Meleon 1.5.4, xxxterm
2011 Google Chrome 9–16, Mozilla Firefox 4-9, Internet Explorer 9, Opera 11.50, Apple Safari 5.1, Maxthon 3.0, SeaMonkey 2.1–2.6
2012 Google Chrome 17–23, Mozilla Firefox 10–17, Internet Explorer 10, Opera 12, Apple Safari 6, Maxthon 4.0, SeaMonkey 2.7-2.14
2013 Google Chrome 24–31, Mozilla Firefox 18–26, Internet Explorer 11, Opera 15–18, Pale Moon 15.4-24.2.2[17], Apple Safari 7, SeaMonkey 2.15-2.23
2014 Google Chrome 32–39, Mozilla Firefox 27–34, Opera 19–26, Pale Moon 24.3.0-25.1.0[17], Apple Safari 8, SeaMonkey 2.24-2.30
2015 Google Chrome 40–47, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox 35–43, Opera 27–34, Pale Moon 25.2.0-25.8.1[17], Vivaldi
2016 Google Chrome 48–55, Mozilla Firefox 44–50, Microsoft Edge 14, Opera 35–42, Pale Moon 26.0.0-27.0.3[17], Apple Safari 10, SeaMonkey 2.24–2.30
2017 Basilisk, Google Chrome 56–60, Microsoft Edge 15, Mozilla Firefox 51–55.0.2, Opera 43–45, Opera Neon, Pale Moon 27.1.0-27.6.2[17]
2018 Pale Moon 27.7.0-28.0.0[17][18]

Notable releases[edit]

In order of release:

Layout engines[edit]

Graphical[edit]

Current and maintained projects are listed 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]

Goanna-based[edit]

  • Pale Moon – a fork of Firefox that maintains support for XUL/XPCOM extensions and retains the user interface of the Firefox 4–28 era
  • Basilisk – similar to Pale Moon, but with the interface of Firefox 29–56 and a few other differences

Gecko- and Trident-based[edit]

Browsers that use both Trident and Gecko include:

Webkit- and Trident-based[edit]

Blink- and Trident-based[edit]

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

Browsers that can use Trident, Gecko and Blink include:

KHTML-based[edit]

Presto-based[edit]

WebKit-based[edit]

Status Browser
experimental Amazon Kindle
discontinued Arora
discontinued BOLT browser
Google Chrome for iOS
Dolphin Browser (Android and Bada)
Dooble (qtwebkit version discontinued) (up to Version 1.56)
Firefox for iOS
discontinued Flock (version 3.0 and above)
iCab (version 4 uses WebKit; earlier versions used its own rendering engine)
discontinued Iris Browser
Konqueror (version 4 can use WebKit as an alternative to its native KHTML[26])
Maxthon (version 3.0 and above)
Microsoft Edge for iOS
Midori
Nintendo 3DS NetFront Browser NX
OmniWeb
Otter Browser (uses Blink and WebKit; aims to recreate the features of old Opera)
discontinued OWB
discontinued QtWeb
qutebrowser (a Blink-based backend is currently in development.)
Roccat Browser
discontinued Rekonq
Safari
PhantomJS (a headless browser)
discontinued Shiira
SlimBoat[27] (no longer supported)
discontinued Steel for Android
Steam ingame browser
surf
Uzbl
Web (previously known as Epiphany)
discontinued 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
discontinued xombrero

Blink-based[edit]

EdgeHTML-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)
  • Gollum browser (Created specially for browsing Wikipedia)
  • 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 browsers[edit]

The most popular mobile browsers as of June 2014 are:[31]

Text-based[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ http://caminobrowser.org Camino reaches its end
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  29. ^ [1][dead link]
  30. ^ NetApplications Summary of Mobile Browsers. Retrieved 2 July 2014

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