Blisk a developer focused browser

Martin Brinkmann
May 13, 2016
Updated • May 22, 2018

Blisk is a relatively new web browser based on Chromium that has been designed specifically to make the live of developers easier and more productive.

The browser is provided as an early preview version that is currently only available for Windows. The developers promised to release a Mac version next month, and that a Linux version is also in the making.

Another thing to consider before using the browser is that several of the features highlighted on the official site are not yet implemented as well.

When you start Blisk for the first time a short tutorial is displayed on the screen that highlights major differences between the browser and other web browsers used for development.

Blisk browser

Probably most interesting right now from a developer perspective is the browser's synced view mode that displays a web page in the browser and an emulated mobile device at the same time.

This means that any action you make in either view is automatically carried out in the other as well. Click on an article link to open the new page in both views, scroll and the scrolling happens in both as well, and code changes that you make are also visible in both views directly.

Blisk ships with mobile device presets that you can switch between. This includes mobile phones andd tablets, and there devices such as the Google Nexus 10, Apple iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Some popular devices that were released recently are missing but the overall selection of mobile devices that you can test a web page with is quite good.

Blisk video

Auto refresh is another feature that is already supported besides scroll sync. Basically, what it allows you to do is configure Blisk to monitor directories for changes to refresh the web page automatically if changes are noticed.

The developers are working on four additional features that they plan to make available at a later point in time:

  • Screenshots to take screenshots manually or automatically, and to save them locally or in the cloud.
  • Analytics to measure websites performance and compatibility.
  • Integration which enable you to use project management tools and bug trackers using the browser.
  • Blisk Cloud, a cloud-based service to store data and make it available anywhere.
  • Video captures
  • Errors

The last two features are not explained on the Blisk website currently. Video captures could be an extension of the screenshot functionality, and Errors a module to log web page errors and make them more visible to the developer.

Since Blisk is Chromium-based, all developer tools that are available for Chromium are also accessible if you are using Blisk.

Closing Words

The sync and auto refresh features make Blisk an interesting option for some development or design tasks already.

It is probably getting a boost when Mac and Linux versions and the missing but already advertised features are released.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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