Skip to main content

Midori : Light Weight WebKit based browser for Linux

The best thing about Open Source World is the number of different choices available whether its in the number of Linux distribution available or applications, and Web Browsers are no exception.

There are a number of different web browsers available on the Linux platform like the popular Mozilla Firefox running on Gecko , Opera or the Konqueror running atop KHTML. However, most of these web browsers are bulky owing to host of features they offer and there are only few lightweight "usable" Web Browsers available on the Linux platform, last one I tried was Dillo which was good for displaying simple web pages. Midori is a notch above Dillo and is based on popular WebKit engine (used by Safari).

WebKit is an open source engine that was created by Apple computers for it's Safari web browser( which is available on a number of different platform like Mac OS and Windows ). Code for WebKit was derived from another Open Source project Konqueror's KHTML Library and KDE's Java Script Engine (KJS).

WebKit is being developed by a number of different organisation and groups and is at the heart of two popular Web Browsers Apple Safari and Google Chrome. WebKit also powers a number of web browsers on the mobile platform(in fact Nokia plans to develop a web browser based on WebKit for it's Symbian mobile platform). It is an extremely robust rendering engine , and competes neck to neck (and in fact is ahead) with Gecko , Opera in terms of Java Script rendering.

Midori is a light weight Web Browser that has been built using WebKit, Midori is the only Web Browser available presently on Linux that uses WebKit engine(Chrome is not out for Linux yet). Midori uses GTK 2.x graphical tool kit for it's user interface and is in fact part of XFCE ( a lightweight window manager) as part of it's goodies package. Though Midori is still in early phase of development and is buggy, still it is usable. Some of the features of Midori are :

* Full integration with GTK+ 2.
* Fast rendering with WebKit.
* Tabs, windows and session management.
* Flexibly configurable Web Search.
* User scripts and user styles support.
* Straightforward bookmark management.
* Customizable and extensible interface.
* Extensions written in C.
* Custom context menu actions.
Midori is extremely good at rendering Web Pages (owing to it using WebKit for rendering web pages) and is extremely fast as compared to Mozilla Firefox or Opera on the Linux platform. Though , Midori lacks flash support presently which could limit it's usage slightly, Midori could be extremely useful for some one running an Old PC or Linux based Kiosks.

Midori is included in the official Ubuntu repositories , so it is extremely easy to install Midori. To install Midori issue the following commands in the terminal Window (Application -> Accessories -> Terminal )
sudo apt-get install midori

after issuing the above command you can launch Midori from (Applications -> Internet -> Midori Web Browser ).

Midori Web Browser in Action :)

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (
For Linux on Desktop Blog ,
(C) 2008 , Ambuj Varshney


  1. Anonymous2:07 AM

    "Midori is the only Web Browser available presently on Linux that uses WebKit engine"

    It's actually a more exciting world for browsers in linux!
    Arora uses webkit, and kazehakase and epihpany can both be compiled with it as an engine.

    Also the midori version i'm running (.1.1) works with flash 10!

  2. Anonymous9:33 PM

    I agree that Midori it's a nice alternative browser. And the most promising alternative browsers that I've tried. If it can mimic the best things of Firefox (like bookmarking), while being light we can have serious competition to Firefox

  3. yes it is extremly faster than firefox but it is lack of XPCOM support and currently webkit engine is not supporting plugin development with directfb backend it is supporting presently on X11.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Over 16 Small Games For Ubuntu Linux

Over 16 Small Games For Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu Linux is one of the most popular Linux distribution , it is especially popular among Linux newbies and windows refuges . Now Ubuntu Linux does come with a descent set of applications , still there is a scope for including some more quality applications and especially games . Now in this tutorial i will show you how to install a large number of small , easy and less resource hungry games on Ubuntu Linux with screen-shots of games .

1. Rocks 'n' Diamonds

Rocks 'n' Diamonds is a Boulderd*sh game for X11 with more than just the falling rocks and diamonds of its namesake. The object is still to collect all the diamonds (and emeralds), then get to the exit before time runs out. But your character must make use of bombs, spaceships, and many other elements in order to fill his quota of jewels.

Installation : -

Type the following command in the terminal window


13 Things to do immediately after installing Ubuntu

In this article i describe some of the things to do immediately after installing ubuntu on your machine . Since most of the people reading this would be shifting from Windows to Linux with a system dual booting so i would focus more on making transition easy from Windows to Linux.

Creating Your ultimate Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop

Ubuntu 7.10 Codenamed Gusty Gibbon was released few weeks back with much fanfare ,now Ubuntu for past couple of years has been one of the most popular Desktop Linux distributions . Ubuntu 7.10 includes a number of features , applets and Wizards to simplify desktop Linux experience however because of many licensing restrictions it does not include out of the box support for popular audio/video codecs and many commercial but good applications . Also because of the limitation of trying to accommodate all kind of applications on single CD Ubuntu comes with a limited set of applications .

Now , i often have arguments with my friends who are new to computers that windows is…

Convert text files to MP3 under Linux

Even though I am not a fan of audio books and the only thing I use my iPod for is listening music still while exploring Festival(which is basically a General multi-lingual speech synthesis system) I found out that it's very easy to convert normal text files into mp3 using festival . Now this could be especially useful for people who either listen to audio books or people who have difficulty in reading.

First we would need to install festival. We can install festival with the following command :

sudo apt-get install festival

Now we need to install voices which would be used to dictate the text (install any one of the following ) :

To install British Accented male voice issue the following command :

sudo apt-get install festvox-rablpc16k

To install American Accented male voice issue the following command:

sudo apt-get install festival festvox-kallpc16k

Now once you have installed festival and voice package we are ready to convert text files .wav files .

Lets say you want computer to rea…