Vivaldi (web browser)

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Vivaldi
Vivaldi web browser logo.svg
Vivaldi 2.0 running on macOS Mojave
Vivaldi 2.0 running on macOS Mojave
Developer(s)Vivaldi Technologies
Initial releaseApril 6, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-04-06)[1] (Technical Preview released on Jan 27, 2015)
Stable release2.1.1337.51 (November 22, 2018; 17 days ago (2018-11-22)[2][3]) [±]
Preview release2.2.1373.4 (November 20, 2018; 19 days ago (2018-11-20)[4]) [±]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Development statusActive
Written inC++[5]
Operating system
EnginesBlink
PlatformIA-32, x86-64
Size
  • Windows: 38.9 ~ 44.8 MB
  • macOS: 60.4 MB
  • Linux: ~45 MB
Available in53 languages[7]
List of languages
Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Macedonian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Sardinian, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish (Peru), Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
TypeWeb browser
LicenseProprietary Freeware[8]
Websitevivaldi.com

Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita. The browser was officially launched on April 6, 2016.[9][10] The browser is aimed at staunch technologists, heavy Internet users, and previous Opera web browser users disgruntled by Opera's transition from the Presto layout engine to the Blink layout engine, which removed many popular features.[9][11] Vivaldi aims to revive the old, popular features of Opera 12.[12] The browser has gained popularity since the launch of its first technical preview.[13][14] The browser has 1 million users as of January 2017.[15]

History[edit]

Vivaldi began as a virtual community website that replaced My Opera, which was shut down by Opera Software in March 2014.[16] Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner was angered by this decision because he believed that this community helped make the Opera web browser what it was. Tetzchner then launched the Vivaldi Community—a virtual community focused on providing registered users with a discussion forum, blogging service, and numerous other practical web services—to make up for My Opera's closure. Later, on January 27, 2015, Vivaldi Technologies launched—with the community in mind[17]—the first technical preview of the Vivaldi web browser.[13] Its name comes from the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, which, according to one of its creators, is an easy name to be remembered and understood worldwide.[10]

Features[edit]

Vivaldi 1.0.228.3 displaying the Wikipedia homepage in its "Chromeless UI" mode

Design and customizability[edit]

Vivaldi has a minimalistic user interface with basic icons and fonts, and a color scheme that changes based on the background and design of the web page being visited.[18] The browser also allows users to customize the appearance of UI elements such as background color, overall theme, address bar and tab positioning, and start pages.[19] According to CEO Jon von Tetzchner, Vivaldi's vast, unique customizability is a huge part of how the browser caters to power users.[20]

Usability[edit]

Vivaldi 1.8.770.56 with multiple pinned tabs, regular tabs and tab stacks, open history side panel, new tab with multiple speed dial folders and websites and highlighted "Toggle Extension Visibility" button

Vivaldi features the ability to "stack" and "tile" tabs, annotate web pages, and add notes to bookmarks.[21][22] Furthermore, users can place digital bookmarks on a "speed dial" page for quick access and harness "quick commands" to search bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, and settings.[23] Vivaldi is built around and based on web technologies such as HTML5, Node.js, React.js, and numerous NPM modules.[24] As of Technical Preview 4, Vivaldi also supports numerous mouse gestures for actions like tab switching and keyboard activation.[20] Vivaldi can also be set to a "Chromeless UI", which gives users more screen real-estate and the ability to focus on a single page without distractions.[25] To accommodate users who prefer to use a large number of tabs at the same time, Vivaldi supports hibernation for both individual tabs and for tab stacks, freeing resources while the user does not actively use those tabs.

Version history[edit]

Vivaldi version history
Version Date Features
Technical Preview 1[26] January 27, 2015
  • Tab stacking
  • Tab-bar placement
  • Notes
  • Speed Dial
  • Bookmarks manager
  • Downloads manager
  • Quick commands
  • Mouse gestures
  • Page actions
  • Sidebar
  • Colored tabs
  • Visual tabs
  • Recently closed tabs
  • Shortcuts
Technical Preview 2[27] March 5, 2015
Technical Preview 3[28] April 28, 2015
  • Tab Stack Tiling
  • Unseen page marker
  • Native window
  • Auto-update
  • Personal data importing
  • Plug-ins on demand
  • Background tabs loading indicator
Technical Preview 4[29] July 16, 2015
  • Startup options
  • Color schemes
  • UI zoom
  • HiDPI support
  • Pinned tabs
  • Task manager
Beta 1[30] November 3, 2015
  • Web-panels
  • Chromeless UI
  • Tabs visual navigation
  • Private window
  • Page loading progress indicator
  • Typed history list
  • Smooth scrolling
  • Geolocation support
  • HTML5 H264, AAC and MP3 support
  • Extensions support
Beta 2[31] December 18, 2015
  • Fast tab closing
  • Bookmarks and Notes trash
  • Panel hiding
  • Silent Tabs For Users (STFU)
  • HTML5 Notifications
  • Global font settings
  • Default character encoding settings
  • Moving tabs between windows
Beta 3[32] March 4, 2016
  • Bookmarks export
  • Interface zoom
  • Web-pages global/individual zoom
  • Double-click for tab closing
  • Color tabs settings
  • Tabs closing/opening management
  • Sessions
  • Tabs Hibernation
  • CSS Debugger
Final 1.0[33] April 6, 2016
  • Search suggestions
  • Welcome page
  • Minimize tab by click (click active tab to switch to previous tab)
Final 1.1[34] April 26, 2016
  • Closing all other tabs by Alt+Click on close button
  • Open Links in Current Tab Stack
  • Keyboard shortcut that toggles all the others on or off
  • Tab closing activation options
  • Importing Speed Dial from Opera 12
  • Tab Stack Hibernation
Final 1.2[35] June 2, 2016
  • Editable mouse gestures
  • New tab start page specifying
  • Closing multiple selected tabs
  • Keyboard shortcuts for opening edited URL in address field
Final 1.3[36] August 11, 2016
  • Customizable UI themes
  • Color picker for themes
  • WebRTC IP handling settings
Final 1.4[37] September 8, 2016
  • Individual width of web-panels
  • Themes scheduling
  • Retrieve closed tab by middle-click on trash
Final 1.5[38] November 22, 2016
  • Tabs drag & drop between windows
  • Integration with Philips Hue lighting system
  • Automatic screenshots in Notes
  • Reader mode available from address field
  • Incremental updates
  • Chromecast support
  • Search with context menu option for selected text
Final 1.6[39] December 15, 2016
  • Tab notifications
  • Tab stack renaming
  • Tabs selection by domain
Final 1.7[40] February 8, 2017
  • Built-in screenshots
  • Mute/unmute multiple tabs
  • Configurable top-level domain expansion
  • Extensions visibility toggle
  • Extra warnings for HTTP websites that request passwords
Final 1.8[41] March 29, 2017
  • History redefined: Structured and Visual
  • Notes creating with drag'n'drop
  • Autoupdate control (Windows)
  • Image search from the context menu
Final 1.9[42] April 27, 2017
  • Removed web-panels restoring
  • Ecosia green search integration
  • Extensions buttons rearranging
  • Area capturing button
  • Notes sorting
Final 1.10[43] June 15, 2017
  • Custom Speed Dial thumbnails
  • Docked DevTools
  • Extension controlled new tabs
  • Sorting of Downloads
  • Desktop wallpaper as Speed Dial background (Windows 8+ only)
Final 1.11[44] August 10, 2017
  • Reader mode configuration
  • Configurable gesture sensitivity
  • Disable GIF animations by setting
  • Optional Speed Dial buttons
  • Update Vivaldi application icon and Windows installer backgrounds
Final 1.12[45] September 20, 2017
  • Built-in Image Properties
  • Download Info
  • Control website accent color saturation
Final 1.13[46] November 22, 2017
  • Protect against accidentally canceling downloads
  • Resume downloads from previous session
  • Show download speeds in entries
  • Add window panel (phase 1)
Final 1.14[47] January 31, 2018
  • Vertical Reader Mode for CJK users
  • Markdown editor for notes
  • Web panel order now can be changed
  • Change order of search engines
Final 1.15[48] April 25, 2018
  • Possibility of having an image as window background
  • “Bookmarks” in the main menu
  • Access individual panels and toolbars in full screen mode via keyboard shortcuts or quick commands
Final 2.0[49] September 26, 2018
  • Implement Syncing of Bookmarks, settings, etc.
  • Add options to support for floating/overlay panels
  • Make tiled tabs resizable
  • List layout for Visual tab cycler VB-19167
  • Add predefined shortcuts for moving tabs left and right: Windows/Linux = “Ctrl+Shift+PgUp/PgDn”; macOS = “⌘+⇧+↑/↓”
  • Tile new tabs in a tab stack
  • Holding Command/Control opens new tab on history buttons
  • Web panel suggestions with favicons
  • More Speed dial suggestions by using favicons
  • New 2.0 Welcome Page
  • Updated Default Themes for 2.0: Added “Vivaldi” as our new default theme, replaced “Redmond” with “Beach”
  • Minimum active tab width setting

Technology[edit]

Vivaldi uses the Blink rendering engine, as Google Chrome and Opera do.[50] This gives Vivaldi users the ability to install extensions developed for Chrome directly from the Chrome Web Store. Even though some extensions might not work exactly as they would in Google Chrome (especially extensions used for user interface customization, as Vivaldi's user interface is completely different from Chrome's user interface), most extensions should work as expected.[51][52]

Future additions[edit]

The company hopes to integrate the email client "M3" into a future version of Vivaldi.[53] The developers are planning to release their own extension platform for Vivaldi.[54]

Market share[edit]

Desktop/laptop browser statistics
1. Chrome
66.87%
2. Firefox
11.44%
3. Internet Explorer
7.13%
4. Safari
5.38%
5. Edge
4.16%
6. Opera
2.47%
7. UC Browser
0.92%
8. Yandex Browser
0.41%
9. Coc Coc
0.29%
10. QQ Browser
0.23%
11. Chromium
0.15%
12. Sogou Explorer
0.14%
13. Maxthon
0.1%
14. Phantom
0.05%
15. 360 Secure Browser
0.05%
16. Vivaldi
0.05%
17. Mozilla
0.04%
18. Pale Moon
0.03%
19. Whale Browser
0.03%
20. SeaMonkey
0.01%
21. Amigo
0.01%
Other
0.05%
Desktop web browser market share according to StatCounter for June 2018.[55]

Reception[edit]

Ars Technica reviewer Scott Gilbertson wrote about version 1.0 in April 2016. He praised its innovative features, such as its tab handling, while noting that it will most likely remain a niche browser and not see widespread uptake.[56] In October 2018 he gave version 2.0 a very positive review and stated that Vivaldi is now his usual browser and that he would be hard put to go back to a browser without its unique features.[57]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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