Midori (web browser)

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Midori on Kali Linux
Developer(s) Christian Dywan, Nancy Runge
Initial release 16 December 2007 (2007-12-16)[1]
Stable release 0.5.11 [±]
Preview release 0.5.11[2] (30 August 2015; 18 months ago (2015-08-30)) [±]
Repository code.launchpad.net/midori
Written in Vala, C
Operating system Windows, Linux
Platform IA-32
Available in 30[3] languages
Type Web browser
License LGPL v2.1+
Website www.midori-browser.org

Midori (?, Japanese for green) is a lightweight[4][5] web browser. It uses the WebKit rendering engine[4] and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface. Midori is part of the Xfce desktop environment's Goodies component[citation needed] and was developed to follow the Xfce principle of "making the most out of available resources".[6] It is the default browser in the SliTaz Linux distribution,[7] Bodhi Linux,[8] Trisquel Mini, old versions of Raspbian, and wattOS in its R5 release.[9] It was the default browser in Elementary OS Freya.[10]


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, Trisquel Mini and Bodhi Linux as their default web browser. At one time it was the default browser in elementary OS as well.

Standard compliance[edit]

Acid3 Test[edit]

Midori passing the Acid3 test.

Midori passes the Acid3 test.[citation needed]

HTML5 score[edit]

In March 2014, Midori scored 405/555 on the HTML5 test.[19]

In July 2015, Midori 0.5 on Windows 8 scored 325/555 on the updated HTML5 test.[20]


Midori was recommended by Lifehacker due to its simplicity.[21] The major points for criticism are the absence of the process isolation, the low number of available extensions[22] and occasional crashes.[citation needed]

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".[23]

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.[18]

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.[24]

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. ^ "Translations : Midori". launchpad.net. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c 8 of the best web browsers for Linux. TechRadar
  5. ^ Best Internet Browser – The Show Goes On!. PCTips 3000
  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. ^ "Elementary OS Loki Has Arrived". linux.com. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Midori Web Browser. BeginLinux.com
  12. ^ Midori 0.2.5 Released!. OMG! Ubuntu!
  13. ^ Arch Linux and desktop adventures with the Raspberry Pi. greenhughes
  14. ^ Midori Web Browser Gets an Update, Sets DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine. UbuntuVibes
  15. ^ Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows]. makeuseof
  16. ^ Maemo Browsers Comparison: MicroB, Fennec, Midori, Tear. Arantius.com
  17. ^ a b Web-browser Midori Adds Unity Support and Neat ‘Next Page’ Feature. OMG! Ubuntu!
  18. ^ a b Himanshu, Arora (6 November 2013). "5 lesser-known browsers: Free, lightweight and low-maintenance". Computerworld. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "HTML5test - How well does your browser support HTML5?". HTML5test.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "HTML5test - How well does your browser support HTML5?". html5test.com. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Gordon, Whitson (2 October 2012). "The Best Web Browser for Linux". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "1 Month with the Midori Web Browser". the_simple_computer. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  23. ^ Veitch, Nick (1 August 2010). "8 of the best web browsers for Linux". Gigaom. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  24. ^ Clarke, Victor (24 August 2014). "Six alternative web browsers you should know about". Gigaom. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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