Midori (web browser)

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Midori 0.5.11 Heads or Tails.png
Midori 0.5.11 on Lubuntu 15.04
Developer(s) Christian Dywan et al.
Initial release 16 December 2007 (2007-12-16)[1]
Stable release 0.5.11[2] (30 August 2015; 5 months ago (2015-08-30)) [±]
Preview release none (n/a) [±]
Written in Vala, C
Operating system Windows, Linux
Available in 30 languages[citation needed]
Type Web browser
License LGPL v2.1+
Website www.midori-browser.org

Midori (?, Japanese for green) is a lightweight[3][4] web browser. It uses the WebKit rendering engine[3] and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface. Midori is part of the Xfce desktop environment's Goodies component[5] and was developed to follow the Xfce principle of "making the most out of available resources".[6] It is the default browser in Manjaro Linux, elementary OS,[5] the SliTaz Linux distribution,[7] Bodhi Linux,[8] Trisquel Mini, SystemRescueCD, old versions of Raspbian, and wattOS in its R5 release.[9]


Inclusion in Linux distributions[edit]

Midori is part of the standard Raspbian distribution for the Raspberry Pi ARMv6-based computer. While Dillo and NetSurf are also in the menu, Midori also features as a desktop link. Midori is also packaged with Manjaro Linux, elementary OS, Trisquel Mini and Bodhi Linux as their default web browser.

Standard Compliance[edit]

Acid3 Test[edit]

Midori 0.5.7 passing the Acid3 test.

Midori passes the Acid3 test.[16][19]

HTML5 score[edit]

In March 2014, Midori scored 405/555 on the HTML5 test.[20]

In July 2015, Midori 0.5 on Windows 8 scored 325/555 on the updated HTML5 test.[21]


Midori is sometimes mentioned as one of the web browser alternatives for Linux[22][23] and is recommended by Lifehacker due to its simplicity.[24] The major points for criticism are the absence of the process isolation, the low number of available extensions[25] and occasional crashes.[26]

Nick Veitch from TechRadar included Midori 0.2.2 in his 2010 list of the eight best web browsers for Linux. At that time he rated it as "5/10" and concluded, "while it does perform reasonably well all-round, there is no compelling reason to choose this browser over the default Gnome browser, Epiphany, or indeed any of the bigger boys".[27]

Himanshu Arora of Computerworld reviewed Midori 0.5.4 in November 2013 and praised the browser's speed and uncluttered interface, while additionally underlining the private browsing which uses a separate launch icon and displays the details of this mode on the home tab.[28]

Victor Clarke from Gigaom praised Midori's minimalism in 2014 and stated that it will "satisfy your humble needs without slowing down your PC", despite stressing the lack of advanced functionality.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "midori - Midori is a lightweight web browser". Git.xfce.org. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Changelog". www.twotoasts.de. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c 8 of the best web browsers for Linux. TechRadar
  4. ^ Best Internet Browser – The Show Goes On!. PCTips 3000
  5. ^ a b Midori vs Epiphany Review. Tech Drive-In
  6. ^ "About Midori". midori.com. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Spotlight on Linux: SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0. Linux Journal
  8. ^ Lightweight Bodhi 1.2 distro offers Enlightenment for the Linux masses. Midori is also used in elementary OS Luna. DesktopLinux.com
  9. ^ wattOS R6 Review – Go green with Linux. LinuxUser & Developer
  10. ^ a b c d e f Midori Web Browser. BeginLinux.com
  11. ^ Midori 0.2.5 Released!. OMG! Ubuntu!
  12. ^ Arch Linux and desktop adventures with the Raspberry Pi. greenhughes
  13. ^ Midori Web Browser Gets an Update, Sets DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine. UbuntuVibes
  14. ^ Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows]. makeuseof
  15. ^ Maemo Browsers Comparison: MicroB, Fennec, Midori, Tear. Arantius.com
  16. ^ a b Midori – The Little Browser that Just Might Surprise You. Make Tech Easier
  17. ^ a b Web-browser Midori Adds Unity Support and Neat ‘Next Page’ Feature. OMG! Ubuntu!
  18. ^ Himanshu, Arora (November 6, 2013). "5 lesser-known browsers: Free, lightweight and low-maintenance". Computerworld. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Midori: Extremely Fast and Standards-Compliant". tombuntu.com. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "HTML5test - How well does your browser support HTML5?". HTML5test.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "HTML5test - How well does your browser support HTML5?". html5test.com. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  22. ^ Devčić, Ivana Isadora (March 30, 2011). "10 Best Web Browsers For Linux". Beebom. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  23. ^ Mendenhall, Jim (January 21, 2014). "10 Alternative Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux". Starry Hope. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  24. ^ Gordon, Whitson (October 2, 2012). "The Best Web Browser for Linux". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  25. ^ "1 Month with the Midori Web Browser". the_simple_computer. March 5, 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  26. ^ Price, Joshua (October 7, 2010). "Midori – The Little Browser that Just Might Surprise You". MakeTechEasier. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  27. ^ Veitch, Nick (August 1, 2010). "8 of the best web browsers for Linux". Gigaom. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  28. ^ Himanshu, Arora (November 6, 2013). "5 lesser-known browsers: Free, lightweight and low-maintenance". Computerworld. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  29. ^ Clarke, Victor (August 24, 2014). "Six alternative web browsers you should know about". Gigaom. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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