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Browser editions overview

The browser editions overview lists companies that produce web browsers, the different versions of these browsers, supported operating systems, and download links for each.

Most companies that work on web browsers, be it Mozilla with Firefox or Google with Chrome, offer multiple editions of said browser to the community.

Most of the time, a stable version is offered and then one or multiple beta or development versions.

The main idea behind the current practice is to have new versions out sooner to make them available to a larger group of testers before a version lands on the stable channel of the browser.

This overview looks at popular browsers, the browser editions that are provided by companies, and information on how to download and update those versions.

Browser editions

browser editions versions

The following table lists popular web browsers, available editions, and supported desktop and mobile operating systems.

Links are provided if they are available. In the case of Apple Safari, no links are provided for the stable version as it is integrated in Mac OS X and not available for download.

For Microsoft Edge, only VM images are linked as the browser is only available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, and there integrated and not available as a separate download.

If you find multiple entries for a browser or company, those are listed in order from "most stable" to "most cutting edge" or "least cutting edge" to "least stable".

Overview of browser editions

CompanyBrowserEditionDesktop OSMobile OS
8pecxstudiosCyberfoxStableWindows, Linux
8pecxstudiosCyberfoxBetaWindows
AppleSafariStableMac (built in)iOS
AppleSafariDevelopersMaciOS
Avant ForceAvant Browser StableWindows
BraveBraveDeveloperWindows, Mac, Linux
Flashpeak IncSlimBrowserStableWindows
Flashpeak IncSlimjet BrowserStableWindows, Linux
ChromiumWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid
GoogleChromeStableWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid, iOS
GoogleChromeBetaWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid, iOS
GoogleChromeDeveloperWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid
GoogleChromeCanaryWindows, Mac
LightLightStableWindows, Mac, Linux
LunascapeLunascape StableWindows, MacAndroid, iOS
MaxthonMaxthonStableWindows, Mac, Linux

Android, iOS, Windows Phone
MicrosoftEdgeStableWindows 10 (VM)Windows 10 Mobile
MicrosoftEdgePreviewWindows 10 (VM)Windows 10 Mobile
Moonchild ProductionsPale MoonStableWindows, LinuxAndroid
Moonchild ProductionsPale MoonWiPWindows, Linux
MozillaFirefoxStableWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid, iOS
MozillaFirefoxBetaWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid, iOS
MozillaFirefoxDeveloperWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid
MozillaFirefoxNightlyWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid
MozillaSeaMonkeyStableWindows, Mac, Linux
OperaOperaStableWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid
OperaOperaBetaWindows, Mac, LinuxAndroid
OperaOperaDeveloperWindows, Mac, Linux
OperaOpera MiniStableAndroid, iOS, Windows Phone, Basic phones
OperaOpera MiniBetaAndroid
OperaOpera CoastiOS
VivaldiVivaldiStableWindows, Mac, Linux
VivaldiVivaldiSnapshotsWindows, Mac, Linux
WaterfoxWaterfox StableWindows, Mac

As you can see from the table above, most companies produce multiple versions of their web browsers and make them available publicly.

Most browsers are available for download and for multiple operating systems. The notable exceptions are Apple's Safari, which is integrated in Mac OS X and iOS, and Microsoft Edge, which is integrated in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile only.

Safari is available as a preview version for Mac OS X while Edge can be downloaded as a VM image for use on non-Windows 10 systems.

You can use the list of browsers and editions as reference to quickly download the most recent versions.

Now You: Did we miss a company or browser edition? Let us know in the comments and we will add the missing information to the list.

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  1. ALCvA said on April 9, 2016 at 8:41 am
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    In fact, there are many many more browsers not listed here.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 9, 2016 at 8:43 am
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      Right, there are hundreds of web browsers. If you think browsers are missing let me know and I’ll add them.

  2. Leo said on April 9, 2016 at 8:52 am
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    Brave browser maybe?

  3. RossN said on April 9, 2016 at 8:58 am
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    Yes, Brave. Updated to version 0.9 today. I use it as my main browser, but it won’t work on some websites yet.
    Then there is K-Meleon, but I haven’t used that for about a year.

  4. city_zen said on April 9, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    Martin,
    Could you do a review of Slimjet? It looks like one of the best (if not THE best) of the “chrome clones” browsers.

  5. Bob Hill said on April 9, 2016 at 10:28 am
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    Google Chrome is listed as “Windows, Mac, Linux”, but AFAIK Chrome is actually not available for Linux.
    The only Google browser for Linux is Chromium (which does not have Chrome’s integrated Flash player).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 9, 2016 at 11:11 am
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      Bob, so what about this one here then? https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/
      Or this one? https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/beta.html

      Is that Chromium or Chrome?

      1. Bob Hill said on April 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm
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        Martin, Very sorry, I was wrong. (My info was six years old!) My apologies for wasting your time, Bob.

  6. Sören Hentzschel said on April 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm
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    Firefox for iOS Beta:
    https://github.com/mozilla/firefox-ios/releases

    Firefox Developer Edition for Desktop is the same release channel as Firefox Aurora for Android:
    https://www.mozilla.org/de/firefox/channel/#developer

  7. MikeFromMarkham said on April 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    Martin:

    Here are three browsers I have tested in the past year or so that might be worth checking out…

    1. Cyberfox (https://cyberfox.8pecxstudios.com/), another branch of Firefox

    2. SlimBrowser (http://www.slimbrowser.net/en/), an IE-based browser

    3. Lunascape (http://www.lunascape.tv/), a browser with 3 separate rendering engines (Trident, Gecko, WebKit) that the user can switch between as needed.

  8. Jasper said on April 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm
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    Though you were not completely wrong. Due to license restrictions Chrome is not included in Linux repositories, but it is available as a binary for download.

    And as an additional information: Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi are all based on Chromium, which is Google’s open source code base.
    Jasper

  9. vanquish said on April 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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    What about waterfox (https://www.waterfoxproject.org/)?

  10. Hy said on April 9, 2016 at 6:23 pm
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    Brave browser is under attack from US newspaper publishers, who call what the browser does “illegal”:

    “U.S. newspapers are up in arms about Brave Software, which is launching a new ad blocking browser that will replace many of the ads that appear on a publisher’s site with ads picked by Brave itself.

    A group of the biggest newspaper publishers, including the Washington Post and the New York Times, sent a cease and desist letter to Brave, calling its operations “illegal.””

    http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/08/world/brave-new-browser-sets-newspaper-publishers-edge

    1. Hy said on April 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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      In the interest of completeness, Brave’s response:

      https://www.brave.com/blogpost_4.html

  11. Liv said on April 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    Just to throw a couple of corrections out there, Cyberfox is also avaible for Linux (https://8pecxstudios.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1374&start=30) and Pale Moon is released by Moonchild Productions not Pale Moon itself (http://www.moonchildproductions.info/palemoon.shtml).

    1. trek100 said on April 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm
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      Unfortunately, Cyberfox
      is NOT available for Linux 32bit users,
      (only 64 bit Linux users…too bad!).
      I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32 bits…

      Pale Moon browser runs on BOTH, 32 and 64 bit Linux
      …and accepts most Firefox addons.

      1. Liv said on April 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm
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        Well I don’t run 32 bit web browsers anymore so a lack of a 32 bit version does not affect me much. Also with Pale Moon, I actually use some extensions that are only available to Pale Moon and are not available in Firefox which makes it hard for me to use Firefox with any regularity.

  12. Devesh Prabhu said on April 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    Have you taken a look at Firefox Light, it is available here:

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/lightfirefox/

  13. Radrick said on April 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    My new favourite browsers are CyberFox (on Windows & Linux) and Slimjet (Chrome-based). CyberFox comes with the extension which restores the older User Interface and seems to perform better than Firefox and Slimjet has revised the UI and makes it more user friendly IMHO and is compatible with Google’s extensions.

  14. jimbo said on April 9, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    Dolphin, Maxthon, Avant

  15. peter said on April 9, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    This reminds me of elementary school where the teacher would write down a topic on the backboard and we had to suggest related words to add to it. todays topic “browser editions” .
    Qupzilla is still alive, eventhough its recent implementation of qtwebengine didn’t go too well.
    If you mention Light you could also mention pcxFirefox.

  16. Ray said on April 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm
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    You could also add:

    Gecko-based:
    – K-Meleon
    – Conkeror

    QtWebKit/QtWebEngine-based:
    – Otter
    – Qupzilla
    – Fifth

    Dual-engines:
    – Sleipnir (Trident/Chromium)
    – Polarity (Trident/Chromium)

  17. Joseph said on April 10, 2016 at 2:03 am
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  18. Devesh Prabhu said on April 10, 2016 at 8:38 am
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    These are some more than can be included

    Aviator / Baidu Spark / Citrio / Comodo Dragon & IceDragon / Epic Browser / PirateSnoop / SRWare Iron

  19. Tom said on April 10, 2016 at 8:55 am
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    my best reference is this wikipedia’s ‘genealogical tree’:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers#/media/File:Timeline_of_web_browsers.svg

    from:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers

    I use (beside the ‘holy trinity’ — Firefox, Chrome, Edge) and recommend: PaleMoon, SlimJet, SlimBrowser, Waterfox

  20. Andre said on April 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm
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    In Poland and Germany Iron http://www.srware.net/ is quite popular.
    What about Tor browser?

  21. Dave said on April 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm
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    This looks like a fun game, but I met my comment quota runs out mid-play.

    Midori
    IceCat
    Lynx
    Comodo Dragon
    Comodo IceDragon
    Internet-frickin-Explorer
    SRWare Iron
    That-one-man-project-to-recreate-old-Opera-that-you-sometimes-write-about
    Dolphin
    Boat Browser
    UC Browser
    Surfy

    …I’m bored now. I might have some water.

  22. Ed said on April 11, 2016 at 6:24 am
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    Tom posted the list from Wikipedia, that’s what I was going to do. I simply typed in Firefox’s address bar “w list of web browsers” which will search Wikipedia for the phrase “list of web browsers”. I previously set up the “w” to execute a Wikipedia search in Firefox (or maybe that’s the default): double-click in the Keyword column next to “Wikipedia” at about:preferences#search , and type “w” without quotes.

    Dave posted Midori. I was going to suggest that one. As well as “Internet-frickin-Explorer”!!

    Here’s one more I got: http://superbird-browser.com/ . It seems to be no longer updated.

  23. b said on April 15, 2016 at 11:31 am
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    a bit late for this thread. anyway, does anybody have experience of GNOMEweb( epiphany )? pluses, minuses?

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