7 Best Lightweight Web Browsers for Linux

by Lucia Mandela software

Web Browsers give us access to enter the world of internet.  They have evolved with the passing time and made our lives much more comfortable since inception. You can find various advance web browsers that will let you access everything on the internet correctly. But when it comes to using a Web Browser in a Linux computer, lightweight browsers are the best solution mainly if you use an old desktop computer or laptop with low-end configuration. Popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are not that lightweight, which make them not ideal for Linux users. If you wish to know about the best Linux lightweight web browser, the list is given below.

Here are the best lightweight browsers for Linux:

1. Falkon

Falkon, which is known by its former name QupZilla, comes as a free open-source web browser. KDE developed this lightweight browser for educational purposes only initially but turned it into a feature-rich browser later on. This web browser for Linux is built with the help of C++  as well as the Qt framework. It features a couple of built-in extensions as well. You can use this lightweight web browser on other platforms such as Windows and Mac also.

2. Midori

Midori was first available for users on 16 December 2017 and has won the trust of a large number of people since then. It is yet another decent free and lightweight open source web browser. You can use this lightweight web browser as the default browser in your Linux computer. The Midori browser offers plenty of other great features, which users badly needed, such as private browsing, tabs management, bookmark management, support to HTML5 and more. It doesn’t consume RAM as other browsers do, which make it stand apart from the rest.

3. Otter Browser

The Otter Browser also uses the Qt framework and is a perfect lightweight browser for Linux and even Windows and Mac users. It is almost the same as Falkon web browser as the otter browser uses the same Qt WebEngine. Other great features of this browser include speed dial, password manager, mouse gestures, bookmarks, spell checking, and more.

4. GNOME Web

If you desire a simple and clean web browser for your Linux computer, GNOME lightweight browser is the perfect solution for you. It was formerly known as Epiphany and initially had the Gecko layout engine but switched to WebKitGTK+ later. This open source, a free web browser is only available for Linux OS.

5. NetSurf

Developed in C language, the Netsurf web browser is being offered as an open source, free browser for Linux operating system. The size of this lightweight browser in only 6MB, which makes it ideal for low-end PCs with Linux OS. However, it doesn’t support Javascript completely till now but might help in the coming time. The NetSurf browser was created for RISC OS initially but rolled out for various platforms after few times including Linux, MacOS, and more. Its impressive features make it perfect for old and low-end PCs.

6. Lynx

If you are looking for a browser that only displays the text to you, you can go with the Lynx text-only web browser. It shows website information without graphics and is one of lightest browsers till date. You can easily use this text-only web browser in any of the Linux based computers.

7. qutebrowser

qutebrowser is an ideal lightweight browser, which is based on PyQt5 and Python. It is made especially for Linux, MacOS, and Windows operating system. You can quickly get this lightweight browser from Github.


Linux is a unique and exciting operating system. It is necessary to have a lightweight web browser if you use Linux of a low-end computer. This blog provides you the list of the best lightweight Linux web browsers for using.

Lucia Mandela is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Lucia has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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