ⓘ Midori (web browser)

Midori (web browser)

ⓘ Midori (web browser)

Midori is a free and open-source lightweight web browser. It uses the WebKit rendering engine and the GTK+ 2 or GTK+ 3 interface. Midori is part of the Xfce desktop environments Goodies component and was developed to follow the Xfce principle of "making the most out of available resources". It is the default browser in the SliTaz Linux distribution, Bodhi Linux, Trisquel Mini, old versions of Raspbian, and wattOS in its R5 release. It was the default browser in elementary OS Freya.

In 2019, the Midori project merged with the Astian Foundation.


1. Features

  • WebKit rendering engine
  • Internationalized domain names support
  • Adblock
  • Tabs, windows and session management
  • Customizable and extensible interface
  • User scripts and user styles support
  • Cookie management
  • Support for HTML5
  • DuckDuckGo as a default search engine
  • Mouse gestures
  • RSS Feed panel
  • Bookmark management
  • Extension modules can be written in C and Vala
  • Support for integration with GTK+ 2 and GTK+ 3
  • Form history
  • Configurable web search engine
  • Extensions
  • Smart bookmarks
  • Tab backup for the next session by default
  • Maemo integration for mobile devices
  • Next Page feature
  • Speed dial
  • Private browsing
  • Support for Ubuntu Unity

2. Inclusion in Linux distributions

Midori is part of the standard Raspbian distribution for the Raspberry Pi ARMv6-based computer. While Dillo and NetSurf are also in the menu, Midori also features as a desktop link. Midori is being packaged with Manjaro, Trisquel Mini and Bodhi Linux as their default web browser as well and it even was the default web browser in elementary OS at one time.


3. Standard compliance

HTML5 score

In March 2014, Midori scored 405/555 on the HTML5 test.

In July 2015, Midori 0.5 on Windows 8 scored 325/555 on the updated HTML5 test.


4. Reception

Midori was recommended by Lifehacker due to its simplicity. The major points for criticism are the absence of the process isolation, the low number of available extensions and occasional crashes.

Nick Veitch from TechRadar included Midori 0.2.2 in his 2010 list of the eight best web browsers for Linux. At that time he rated it as "5/10" and concluded, "while it does perform reasonably well all-round, there is no compelling reason to choose this browser over the default Gnome browser, Epiphany, or indeed any of the bigger boys".

Himanshu Arora of Computerworld reviewed Midori 0.5.4 in November 2013 and praised the browsers speed and uncluttered interface, while additionally underlining the private browsing which uses a separate launch icon and displays the details of this mode on the home tab.

Victor Clarke from Gigaom praised Midoris minimalism in 2014 and stated that it will "satisfy your humble needs without slowing down your PC", despite stressing the lack of advanced functionality.

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