Yandex Browser

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Yandex Browser
Yandex.Browser icon.svg
Initial release1 October 2012; 7 years ago (2012-10-01)
Stable release(s) [±]
Windows, macOS

20.7.2 (July 2020; 1 month ago (2020-07)[1])

iOS (July 16, 2020; 18 days ago (2020-07-16)[2])

Android (July 23, 2020; 11 days ago (2020-07-23)[3]) [±]
Preview release(s) [±]
Written inC++, JavaScript
Operating system[4]
PlatformARM, IA-32, x86-64
Size60 880 KB
Available in14 languages
List of languages
English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek.
TypeWeb browser

Yandex Browser (Russian: Яндекс.Браузер) is a freeware web browser[5] developed by the Russian web search corporation Yandex that uses the Blink web browser engine and is based on the Chromium open source project.[6] The browser checks webpage security with the Yandex security system and checks downloaded files with Kaspersky anti-virus.[6][7] The browser also uses Opera Software's Turbo technology to speed web browsing on slow connections.[8]

The browser is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. In October 2014 a Linux beta version was introduced.[9]

Yandex is facing web search competition in Russia from Google Search.[10] Google Chrome, Russia's most popular web browser, uses Google Search as its default search engine. In June 2012, Mozilla Firefox, the world's third most popular web browser, signed a deal to replace its default search engine Yandex Search with Google Search.[10] As Yandex Browser's "Smartbox" uses Yandex Search as its default search engine, the browser will help Yandex compete for Russian search market share.[11]

Distinguishing features[edit]

Distinguishing features of the Yandex Browser include the following:

  • Different "new tab" screen with a Windows 8-style interface and specialized widgets for popular services (e.g., the gmail widget shows number of unread messages).[12]
  • Integrated keyboard layout switcher in omnibox: e.g., if a user often uses and starts typing "пьф" ("gma" with Russian keyboard layout) and presses Enter, the user will then be taken to and not to the search page for "пьф" (as is the case in Chrome, for example).[12]
  • Accept browser extensions from the Opera add-ons website.[13]


DNS spoofing protection[edit]

Protect active security technology scans files and website for viruses, blocks fraudulent webpages, protects passwords and bank card details, and keeps online payments safe from theft.[14][15]


The world's first browser with support for DNSCrypt technology.[16] Encrypts Domain Name System (DNS) traffic. For example, it protects from a trojan DNSChanger, a tracking Internet provider, or hackers. This option must be enabled in the browser settings.[15]

Protecting Wi-Fi[edit]

When connecting to open Wi-Fi networks or to the points that use a weak WEP-defense, Yandex Browser automatically encrypts traffic between it and the HTTP sites.[17]

Market share[edit]

According to LiveInternet [ru] analytics, Yandex Browser reached 2.3% market share in Russia two months after its release.[18] As of January 2020, Yandex Browser reached 15.04% in Russia.[19]


  1. ^ "Download Yandex Browser". Yandex. July 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Yandex Browser on the App Store". App Store. July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Yandex Browser for Android". Google Play Store. July 23, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  4. ^ System requirements
  5. ^ a b ""Yandex" Browser Software License Agreement". Yandex. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Lunden, Ingrid (October 1, 2012). "Yandex Gives Google A One-Two Punch In Russia: A New Browser And App Store For The Local Search Giant". TechCrunch. AOL Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Reliable protection from viruses". Yandex. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Yandex launches its own browser targeting Russian market". Engadget. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Sneddon, Joey (October 31, 2014). "Russia's 'Yandex Browser' Launches First Linux Beta, Is No Chrome Clone". OMG! Ubuntu!. Ohso Ltd. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "New Yandex browser escalates Russia's search-engine wars". Net Prophet. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  11. ^ "Yandex Starts Own Internet Browser to Challenge Google". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Sørensen, Sven. "Yandex.Browser Review". Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  13. ^ "Extensions". Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "Protect: безопасность в интернете – Браузер (классический интерфейс) – Яндекс.Помощь". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Yandex – Company blog – Yandex Browser Pioneers Built-in DNS Security". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "Темы – Блог Яндекс.Браузера". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "Protect: защита соединений Wi-Fi – Браузер (классический интерфейс) – Яндекс.Помощь". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  18. ^ " analytics".
  19. ^ "Browser Market Share Russian Federation". February 1, 2020.

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