Midori Lightweight Web Browser Alternative

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 13, 2009
Updated • Jan 1, 2013

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari. Those are the usual web browser names that make the news these days on the Internet. The five are also the web browsers that the majority of web users use actively. Other web browsers face this tough - some would say almighty - competition. Last to feel the competition was the Google browser which - despite Google's marketing power and efforts - remains at the lower end of the web browser distribution chain.

Other web browsers on the other hand do usually not have the backing of a multi-billion Dollar corporation. That's why they need to come up with other means to grab web browser market shares.

Midori's approach is to be a lightweight but still comfortable to-use web browser. The portable web browser is based on WebKit which is also used by Google Chrome and Safari. This guarantees great page rendering speeds. One of the greatest benefits of the web browser is its low resource usage. The browser uses about 10 Megabytes of computer memory with one open tab which is not much when compared to the resource usage of other web browsers that use a multiple of that.


The speed and low resource usage does not affect the functionality of the web browser. It offers many of the features that web users demand including tabbed browsing, session management, bookmark management or extension, userscript, userstyles and theme support. Not everything is yet fully support though. Userscripts for example are supported as long as they do not use advanced metadata. This means most are supported while some are not.

Midori is an interesting web browser, especially for users who prefer bare bone systems that are resource friendly and therefor faster than comparable products. The web browser is available for Linux and Windows and can be downloaded from the developer's website.


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  1. Alexander said on August 21, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I have just installed mighty!!!MIDORI BROWSER&super!!!happy with my chose,its a great change on the eyes,due to my having bad dyslexia&reading problems,midori has surefire compensated that to the hilt!!!yes very pleased&easy viewing on my small 10″laptop/notebook.malta beni pardre.happy days always be for your organisation/company.keep up the good work period

  2. robbish said on August 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Excellent browser! I have just changed my operating system on my ACER Aspire One to Easy Peasy and it’s good but Firefox refused to work, so I downloaded Chrome and that worked but was pretty slow………………mmm what to do? I thought I’d try midori, what could I lose? Well, I am gobsmacked, it flies. Due to it’s low resource usage, as they say, it really is quick. With my new OS and now this, I have transformed my A!…….well done Midori!

  3. gibby said on March 3, 2010 at 12:35 am

    other con is: no pw manager, but still i hold the flag up high in the sky (=

  4. gibby said on March 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    love from first sight, confirmed on use, bit clouded on 3. crash… but still has my biggest sympathy – firefox feels so clumsy now…

  5. turek said on September 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    maybe i will try midori too. tried chrome, but i do not trust the data collecting habits of the firm behind it. opera 10 is great too, but for a change… :)

  6. Neeraj said on September 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I think I will to give Midori a chance as I love performance and Speed in browsing. Till now I am satisfied with Google Chrome. Want to switch to something different.

  7. guy said on September 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I get higher peacekeeper scores with midori than chrome (linux amd64).

  8. Junkman said on September 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Judging by the look of Midori in your article’s screenshot it looks rather poor.

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