QupZilla: Open Source Multi-platform Web Browser

We have in the past covered some good alternative web browsers for your Windows, which we think may be good enough to meet your individual browsing requirements. Today, we review in short, another browser – QupZilla.

Qupzilla is a lightweight, open-source web for desktop computers. It is based on WebKit core and Qt Framework. WebKit is a layout engine software designed specifically to allow web browsers render web pages. WebKit powers the Apple Safari and Google Chrome browsers. There are already tons of QtWebKit browsers available, but they are either bound to the KDE environment (rekonq) or are quite unstable, missing critically important features. Qupzilla claims to be a completely developed browser hence, stable and complete with important features.

QupZilla features

  1. Bookmarks
  2. History (both also in sidebar) and tabs.
  3. RSS reader to manage RSS feeds
  4. Click2Flash for blocking Flash content
  5. SSL Manager to edit the local CA Certificates database

Its interface is what you would want to get from a web browser i.e., a window with ‘Search’ function, address field on top and some navigation buttons. The address bar of the browser is capable of functioning as an omnibar, a single location bar that acts as both, the address bar and the search bar.

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The popular extension – Speed Dial already available for Opera is finally available for QupZilla users too! You can access your favorite pages as fast as you want on one page opened in new tab. Needless to say that it fully supports drag & drop and page thumbnail loading.

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Here, you can also decide the number of pages you want in a row and even choose a background image for the browser.

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QupZilla uses icons from the active desktop icon theme. If you find native themes too boring or have some problems with it, you can always switch to other themes or adjust the appearance as per your convenience via themes and interface settings.

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The browser also manages history and bookmarks very well. Private Browsing feature too is good!

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The browser is capable of unifying bookmarks, history and RSS reader in one well-arranged window however, RSS reader merely displays titles, no combining of feeds from multiple websites and most importantly no date. Disappointing!

I downloaded the portable version of the browser on my Windows PC and after few uses found, the browser crashing for no apparent reason. Still, QupZilla browser emerges as a good light-weight alternative browser.

You will be surprised to know that the development of the browser started as a project for educational purposes only, but grew into a feature-rich browser, later.

QupZilla Download

Qupzilla is cross-platform. So, the browser is compatible with a wide range OS including Windows, Linux and more. That doesn’t include support for Mac though! If you are interested in trying Qupzilla, all you need to do is choose your operating system and hit the download link button on the developer’s website. Both, 32-bit and 64-bit Windows installers are available.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • dwightstegall

    Goody, another piece if crap Webkit-based browser. They are great if you like removing 100+ Adware Tracking Cookies off of your hard drive everyday. They have an option that is supposed to let you allow/block individual cookies. But it has never worked. The only browsers that do are Firefox and Internet Exploder. It is way easier in Firefox. I only allow cookies from sites where I have log in accounts. Firefox is a bit slower than Webkit browsers but many times better in every other aspect.

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