Midori (web browser)

Developer(s)Christian Dywan, Nancy Runge, Astian Foundation
Initial release16 December 2007 (2007-12-16)
Stable release(s)
Android3.0.07 Edit this on Wikidata / 26 October 2023
Preview release(s) [±]
9.0 (July 29, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-07-29)) [±]
Written inoriginally in C & GTK2, rewritten completely in Vala & GTK3
  • Gecko
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Operating systemLinux, Android, Windows, macOS
PlatformIA-32, AMD64, x86
Available in30 languages
TypeWeb browser

Midori (Japanese: , romanizedmidori, lit.'green') is a free and open-source web browser. In 2019, the Midori project merged with the Astian Foundation, then Midori Browser, switching from WebKitGTK to using Gecko and Floorp browser.


Before the merge, Midori was a different browser. It was a lightweight web browser, used the WebKitGTK rendering engine and the GTK widget toolkits. This past Midori was part of the Xfce desktop environment's Goodies component and was once developed to follow the Xfce principle of "making the most out of available resources". It was the default browser in the SliTaz Linux distribution, Trisquel Mini, Artix Linux, old versions of Raspbian, and wattOS in its "R5 release". It was the default browser in elementary OS "Freya" and "Luna", and Bodhi Linux. It featured:

Midori passed standard compliance Acid3 test. In March 2014, Midori scored 405/555 on the HTML5 test. In July 2015, Midori 0.5 on Windows 8 scored 325/555 on the updated HTML5 test.

The former Midori was recommended by Lifehacker due to its simplicity. The major points for criticism are the absence of the process isolation, the low number of available extensions and occasional crashes.[citation needed]

Nick Veitch from TechRadar included Midori 0.2.2 in his 2010 list of the eight best web browsers for Linux. At that time he rated it as "5/10" and concluded, "while it does perform reasonably well all-round, there is no compelling reason to choose this browser over the default Gnome browser, Epiphany, or indeed any of the bigger boys".

Himanshu Arora of Computerworld reviewed Midori 0.5.4 in November 2013 and praised the browser's speed and uncluttered interface, while additionally underlining the private browsing which uses a separate launch icon and displays the details of this mode on the home tab.

Victor Clarke from Gigaom praised the former Midori's minimalism in 2014 and stated that it will "satisfy your humble needs without slowing down your PC", despite stressing the lack of advanced functionality.

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