There are plenty of web browsers for Linux these days, but not all of them support all distros. This makes it a little bit difficult to choose, but there are some viable options that still work with the ecosystem. The choice isn’t just dependent on your Linux distribution, but also on your preferred use cases.
While Linux desktops offer most of the web browsers you’d use on Windows and Mac, there are some lesser-known browsers that aren’t available for the latter two operating systems.
Our top four picks for the best browsers you can use on Linux support the majority of most top distros, but your distro’s performance may vary for each of these browsers.
Here are four of the best web browsers for Linux.
This web browser by Google works well on Linux as with any other operating system. Chrome’s Linux version offers all the same Chrome extensions it does on Windows, plus multi-process features and Google account sync.
It also includes its own Flash plugin, themes, extensions, add-ons, excellent security, and cross-platform syncing with mobile devices.
As far as practicality goes, Chrome is not only faster in performance but also the only major browser that runs Netflix natively on Linux.
- Clean and simple interface
- Quick and customizable
- Built-in ad-blocking capabilities
- Integrates with Google app ecosystem
- Only in 64-bit DEB & RPM binaries
- Tricky installation
- Sends user data back to Google
- Doesn’t align its licensing agreement with FOSS principles
Firefox is an excellent regular daily driver browser that gives Chrome a run for its money. It is installed by default on most distros and is just as powerful on Linux as it is on its Windows version.
- Faster than previous version due to Quantum engine
- Standards compliant
- Full-featured with rich ecosystem of themes and extensions
- Clunky interface
- May experience occasional startup delays
Brave, a relatively new browser designed by Brendan Eich, Mozilla’s co-founder, is available for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices. It boasts a slick design, with open-source credentials, and an ad- and tracker-free browsing experience.
This is made possible as it pays hefty amounts on your behalf to websites and YouTube creators for content, with its Browser Attention Token and funding model. This goes a long way in blocking ads and website trackers, so you can enjoy a desirable, uninterrupted experience.
Through Brave Wallet, you can tip publishers signed up with Brave or make monthly contributions from your wallet, anonymously. This is meant to substitute for display-ad revenue especially for sites that readers love most.
Brave also focuses on data optimization, security protection, and an enhanced battery experience for its users.
- Good design
- Safer and faster browsing
- Focuses on user security and privacy
- Poor plugin support
- No sync at the moment
- Not clear how payments substitute for ad revenue
Despite having a smaller user base compared to Chrome and Firefox browsers, Opera has a soft spot among many users.
This browser is fully featured, with a default left sidebar that opens multi-tasking tools like email, Messenger, Speed Dial, personalized news, and other similar tools.
It is a good, stable browser that works in Linux as well as on Windows. While its own Opera extensions are limited compared to both Firefox and Chrome, you are able to install and use Chrome’s extensions on it.
Opera also integrates extensions into its browser such as email, RSS, BitTorrent, and even IRC features. It also has the Turbo mode that’s genuinely useful, especially for slower connections.
It is a light, competent browser with above-average security, native unlimited VPN and ad-blocker, personalization options, and cross-platform syncing (with mobile devices as well).
- Built-in ad-blocker and VPN
- Allows you to multi-task from the browser
- Fast (built on same foundation as Chrome)
- Growing library of extensions
- Arguably the most secure browser
- Only in 64-bit DEB & RPM binaries
- Not compatible with all web pages
- Crippled availability of extensions
- Small interface
- Not as customizable
We’ve covered only four of the best web browsers for Linux, most of which are the big-name options. But there are several other viable options available. We’d love to hear which one you prefer and why it’s the best for you. Drop a comment below and share your insight!