Remember Midori? The lightweight web browser that was default in Elementary OS and Bodhi Linux revived!
Midori was a popular lightweight web browser used the WebKitGTK rendering engine and GTK UI toolkit. The development of the project was however discontinued more than 3 years ago. And, Ubuntu even removed it from system repository since Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
According to the Wikipedia, the Midori project has been merged with the Astian Foundation in 2019. And, Astian announced a week ago that Midori browser is still alive!
It’s now Chromium based web browser that using Electron and React with both desktop edition for Linux, macOS, and Windows, and mobile edition for Android.
The browser still aims to be lightweight, fast and free. It’s still an open-source app, with the source code host in gitlab project page.
The new Midori browser so far features:
- New logo.
- Adblock integration, block ads out-of-the-box.
- Incognito mode support.
- Chromium based, without Google services and low resources usage
- Fast and highly customizable UI.
- Partial Chrome extensions support.
- To use its own open-source AstianGO search engine. Though, it so far uses DuckDuckGo as default. While Google, Bing, and Ecosia available for choice.
How to Install New Midori web browser in Ubuntu & other Linux
Astian offers official Midori packages for Linux through AppImage and .deb package.
Option 1: AppImage
AppImage is a portable package format without installation required. Just select download it from its website:
Then, right-click on AppImage in file manager. Open ‘Properties’ dialog and grant ‘execute as program’ permission. Finally, click run the package to launch the web browser.
Option 2: Deb package
It also provides official
.deb packages for modern 64-bit computers, available to download via the link button below:
NOTE: The Debian (.deb) package seems broken at the moment of writing. It won’t install in my case in Ubuntu 22.04, Debian 11 either via double-clicking or using
apt install command. So please try AppImage until Astian fixed the issue.
Also remember that Midori Browser is available for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.midorinext.android