4 of the Best Web Browsers for Linux

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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.

1. Chrome

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.

Best Web Browsers Linux Chrome

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.

Pros

  • Google-supported
  • Clean and simple interface
  • Quick and customizable
  • Built-in ad-blocking capabilities
  • Speedy
  • Integrates with Google app ecosystem

Cons

  • Only in 64-bit DEB & RPM binaries
  • Tricky installation
  • Sends user data back to Google
  • Doesn’t align its licensing agreement with FOSS principles

2. Firefox

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.

Best Web Browsers Linux Firefox

Firefox boasts a rich library of available extensions and themes, and its sync utility helps keep different installations of Firefox – including mobile versions – synchronized. It is reasonably speedy and has the best JavaScript performance.

Pros

  • Linux-optimized
  • Faster than previous version due to Quantum engine
  • Standards compliant
  • Full-featured with rich ecosystem of themes and extensions

Cons

  • Clunky interface
  • May experience occasional startup delays

3. Brave

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.

Best Web Browsers Linux Brave

Built using C, C++ and JavaScript languages, Brave is highly compliant with standards and is a decent option that works as fast as you’d expect it to. What sets this web browser apart is its focus on removing ads from websites and replacing them with its own partner-affiliated options.

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.

Pros

  • Good design
  • Safer and faster browsing
  • Focuses on user security and privacy

Cons

  • Poor plugin support
  • No sync at the moment
  • Not clear how payments substitute for ad revenue

4. Opera

Despite having a smaller user base compared to Chrome and Firefox browsers, Opera has a soft spot among many users.

Best Web Browsers Linux Opera

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).

Pros

  • Built-in ad-blocker and VPN
  • Allows you to multi-task from the browser
  • Fast (built on same foundation as Chrome)
  • Lightweight
  • Growing library of extensions
  • Arguably the most secure browser

Cons

  • 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!

14 comments

  1. “1. Chrome”Only if you don’t mind sharing everything you do online with Ma Google.

    “2. Firefox”
    Only if you disable Safe Browsing and other hooks to Google.
    There is also PaleMoon, Cyberfox and Waterfox which are based on Firefox but are lighter and quicker.

    “3. Brave”
    Haven’t used it.

    “4. Opera”
    Used to be good. Now is Chrome, only with a different intergace.

  2. Brave is a hassle to install. Opera doesn’t respect GTK or QT theming, doesn’t start maximized and has extreme problems playing video because it never has the same version that chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra need. Chrome is of course Google spyware that eats your RAM, Firefox is a deprecated ad-money hungry behemoth that only survives on linux because its open source. Your best browsers on linux are Chromium and Vivaldi, both far from perfect but that’s what we got. So, no: I do not agree with this article at all.

  3. Brave is unstable and unpredictable on some sites.
    Opera like already mentioned – don’t care about codecs even I liked it in past…
    Chrome is heavy and spy
    So far Vivaldi and Firefox now

  4. I have pretty much moved to Palemoon, yet with the divergence of Firefox and Palemoon the plugin support is now very poor. I still prefer it to Firefox’s new direction. I will not use Chrome, because of Googles abuses. One more one could try is Slim Jet, I have used it and it is okay, it is also based on Chromium.

  5. As a minimalist, I don’t care for the “fat” browsers above. They all eat RAM and must be restarted frequently. My favorite now is qutebrowser. Very easy to script for.

  6. I’ve never had trouble with Firefox, and I love Vivaldi’s speed. Everything else?…I don’t pay attention to. I make sure to keep everything updated and run my scans every week….so I’m good. As for Chrome? Yeah….that’s funny!! LoL!

  7. Brave: not sure what you mean by “Poor plugin support”

  8. Vivaldi should be on this list!

  9. Firefox all the way. Never had a real problem with it.

  10. For me is Vivaldi and Firefox best. I never use a Google spyware Chrome.
    Dear MTE next time dont miss Vivaldi.

  11. Vivaldi is the best at the moment.

  12. I only use Firefox….Vivaldi…and “Epiphany” also known as “GNome Web”….everything else?…Nah…not interested.

  13. Fire fox is pro censorship now they censor what they deem as “fake news’ i don’t trust them just as much as I don’t trust google. not sure about palemoon or seamonkey but i heard palemoon has some concerning ad leaks and Brave is based on chrome and yet you trust it? Same with TOR using firefox and who was TOR made for first? Well the navy. What makes you think TOR has our best interest?

    What about midori or konqueror browsers?

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