Why has Arc Browser become so popular

Kerem Gülen
Jul 31, 2023

Arc Browser is an internet browser that offers more power and functionality than your standard browser. Imagine using Chrome, but with enhanced features such as full-screen view and a boost in customization capabilities. With Chrome, you can search, save pages, and more, but Arc aims to go beyond that, functioning more like an operating system where different tools can be used to meet a wide array of needs, rather than just a platform for URL searches and plugin installations.

Arc Browser offers a new approach to organization, deviating from the traditional display of open tabs. Instead of the conventional row of tabs at the top, Arc opts for a sidebar. In this sidebar, you can create and arrange multiple 'tabs' to manage everything you could possibly need.

Vibrant and distinctive, Arc Browser might need a little getting used to. But it's worth noting that the browser is built and operated using the Chromium engine, which ensures its reliability and performance.

Key features of Arc Browser

Let's delve into the key features of Arc Browser. These exceptional elements of the browser, designed with the user's productivity in mind, are what makes it stand out. These features are intended to enhance the efficiency of the browsing experience.

The sidebar

Understanding Arc Browser's features starts with getting acquainted with the Sidebar. Unlike most browsers that feature a menu bar at the top, Arc sports a sidebar on the left. This is where you'll find all the features and settings of the Arc Browser.

If you're using Arc across several devices, there's no need to worry about inconsistent browsing experience. With data syncing via iCloud, your Sidebar remains uniform across all your devices.


Arc Browser introduces the concept of Spaces, allowing you to store multiple login credentials, browsing histories, and cookies. This feature comes in handy when dealing with multiple accounts for different aspects of your life, such as work, school, or personal activities.

Spaces are designed to help you categorize tabs based on their purpose. For example, you can create Spaces for your work, personal life, hobbies, etc. Furthermore, each Space can have its own unique theme, making it easier for you to switch between them.

  • Creating a Space is simple; just click the '+' button at the bottom of the sidebar and select 'New Space'.
  • To add a Profile to a Space, hover over the Space title to reveal the menu. From there, go to 'Profile' and select 'New Profile'. Alternatively, you can choose an existing Profile that you've already set up.
Image credit: Arc


For webpages that don't fall under a specific category, Arc Browser lets you tag them as 'Favorites'. These pages will be displayed above your Spaces in the sidebar.

Favorites function as pinned tabs that aren't associated with any specific Space. They can include a wide array of pages like email portals, calendars, streaming platforms, task management apps, and others. Your sidebar can accommodate up to eight of your favorite pages.

  • Adding a tab to your Favorites is straightforward. You can simply drag the tab from its Space and drop it at the top of the sidebar. An alternative method is to right-click on the tab and select 'Move To > Favorites'.

Arc Boost

The Boost feature in Arc Browser offers the ability to personalize your browsing experience by modifying the browser's appearance. If you know some basic HTML, you can further customize how specific websites look by blocking certain parts of the webpage. This is a great tool for blocking unwanted ads on side panels!

Arc Browser also enables you to share the Boosts you've created with your friends. This allows them to enjoy the same distraction-free browsing environment you've created.

  • To establish a Boost, click on the + button located at the bottom of the sidebar and choose 'New Boost'. This action will display a color picker pop-up on your screen.

Planning with Easels

Easels in Arc Browser function as digital whiteboards, perfect for sketching, writing, and collecting pictures. You can use Easels for brainstorming, devising sketches and flowcharts, or simply for doodling.

The images you gather on an Easel can be directly linked to the original website from which they were sourced. This feature allows you to easily check any updates to the information you've collected.

  • To create an Easel, just click the + button at the lower part of the sidebar and choose 'New Easel'.
  • To capture images for your Easel, press Shift + Command and drag your mouse to select the area you wish to capture on the tab.
Image credit: Arc


The Arc Browser has a built-in split-screen mode that lets you view two tabs at the same time. This feature is really handy when you need to cross-reference or compare information between different pages.

  • To activate the split-screen view, first open the tab you want to see. Then, simply drag and drop the second tab into the middle of the browser screen, and voila, you have two pages visible at once.

Little Arc

Little Arc is a compact version of the Arc Browser, designed for quick and temporary usage. It's perfect for small tasks like opening a link from another application. You can open, check, and close a link in Little Arc without disturbing your spaces and tabs in the main Arc Browser. If needed, you can also move tabs from Little Arc to your Arc Sidebar for more permanent access.

Whenever you open a link from another app, it automatically launches in Little Arc, keeping your main browser free of clutter.

  • To manually open Little Arc, you just need to press Command + Option + N from any application. This handy feature keeps your main Arc Browser organized while ensuring you don't miss any important links.


Arc Browser recognizes the importance of your time and has integrated a series of shortcuts for efficient navigation. By learning these shortcuts, you can quickly perform tasks such as switching between Spaces, flipping between tabs, opening Little Arc, among many other functionalities.

Furthermore, Arc allows you to tailor your keyboard shortcuts to suit your preferences, offering a personalized and seamless browsing experience.

To see all the available Arc shortcuts, simply head to the Shortcuts tab under Arc Settings. And if you wish to remove your customized shortcuts or reset a shortcut to its default state, all you need to do is right-click on the desired shortcut and select the appropriate option. With Arc Browser, navigation becomes effortless and intuitive, saving you valuable time.

You can see all available Arc shortcuts here.

Image credit: Arc

Bonus features

In a step towards enhanced user convenience, Arc Browser automatically archives all open tabs every 12 hours. However, you have the flexibility to change this frequency to suit your browsing habits via the Settings. If you wish to keep any tab accessible, you can either add them to your Favorites or pin them within a specific Space.

Arc also introduces the concept of Folders, which you can use to store and manage pages that you only need for a short period. An added advantage is that tabs placed within Folders are exempt from the automatic archiving process.

Additionally, Arc brings you the feature of Air Traffic Control, which cleverly automates the process of directing newly opened tabs to specified Spaces. This way, Arc Browser gives you a unique blend of convenience and customization, paving the way for a smoother internet browsing experience.

Arc browser for Windows

As of now, Arc Browser is available for Mac users. However, we anticipate it to be accessible on Windows in the future as well. Arc Browser indeed introduces a set of unique features that may require some time for users to get accustomed to. But, for those who appreciate full customization of their browsing experience and wish to manage their web interaction in a full-screen mode without worrying about privacy issues, Arc Browser could be a dream come true.

The Browser Company team is diligently working on the development of Arc Browser, striving to create a more personalized internet experience for users. If you are someone who prefers keeping things simple, sticking with Google Chrome might be a better option for you. But, if you are open to exploring and experimenting, Arc Browser could indeed be an interesting choice. To join the waitlist, go to this link!


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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 name.com 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.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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