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A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.

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// QUTEWEBHIDE image:icons/qutebrowser-64x64.png[qutebrowser logo] A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5 and Qt.

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qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It's based on Python and PyQt5 and free software, licensed under the GPL.

It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl.

// QUTEWEBHIDE qutebrowser's primary maintainer, The-Compiler, is currently working part-time on qutebrowser, funded by donations. To sustain this for a long time, your help is needed! See the[GitHub Sponsors page] for more information. Depending on your sign-up date and how long you keep a certain level, you can get qutebrowser t-shirts, stickers and more! // QUTEWEBHIDE_END


image:doc/img/main.png["screenshot 1",width=300,link="doc/img/main.png"] image:doc/img/downloads.png["screenshot 2",width=300,link="doc/img/downloads.png"] image:doc/img/completion.png["screenshot 3",width=300,link="doc/img/completion.png"] image:doc/img/hints.png["screenshot 4",width=300,link="doc/img/hints.png"]


See the[github releases page] for available downloads and the link:doc/install.asciidoc[INSTALL] file for detailed instructions on how to get qutebrowser running on various platforms.

Documentation and getting help

Please see the link:doc/help/index.asciidoc[help page] for available documentation pages and support channels.

Contributions / Bugs

You want to contribute to qutebrowser? Awesome! Please read link:doc/contributing.asciidoc[the contribution guidelines] for details and useful hints.

If you found a bug or have a feature request, you can report it in several ways:

  • Use the built-in
    command or the automatic crash dialog.
  • Open an issue in the Github issue tracker.
  • Write a mail to the[mailinglist] at mailto:[email protected][].

For security bugs, please contact me directly at [email protected], GPG ID[0x916eb0c8fd55a072].


The following software and libraries are required to run qutebrowser:

  •[Python] 3.6.1 or newer
  •[Qt] 5.12.0 or newer (5.12 LTS or 5.15 recommended, Qt 6 is not supported yet) with the following modules:
    • QtCore / qtbase
    • QtQuick (part of qtbase or qtdeclarative in some distributions)
    • QtSQL (part of qtbase in some distributions)
    • QtDBus (part of qtbase in some distributions; note that a connection to DBus at runtime is optional)
    • QtOpenGL
    • QtWebEngine, or
    • alternatively QtWebKit (5.212) - This is not recommended due to known security issues in QtWebKit, you most likely want to use qutebrowser with the default QtWebEngine backend (based on Chromium) instead. Quoting the[QtWebKit releases page]: [The latest QtWebKit] release is based on [an] old WebKit revision with known unpatched vulnerabilities. Please use it carefully and avoid visiting untrusted websites and using it for transmission of sensitive data.
  •[PyQt] 5.12.0 or newer for Python 3

On older Python versions (3.6/3.7/3.8), the following backports are also required:

The following libraries are optional:

  •[pygments] for syntax highlighting with
    on QtWebKit, or when using
    :view-source --pygments
    with the (default) QtWebEngine backend.
  • On Windows,[colorama] for colored log output.
  •[importlib_resources] on Python 3.7 or older, to improve QtWebEngine version detection when PyQtWebEngine is installed via pip (thus, this dependency usually isn't relevant for packagers).
  •[asciidoc] to generate the documentation for the
    command, when using the git repository (rather than a release).

See link:doc/install.asciidoc[the documentation] for directions on how to install qutebrowser and its dependencies.


qutebrowser's primary maintainer, The-Compiler, is currently working part-time on qutebrowser, funded by donations. To sustain this for a long time, your help is needed! See the[GitHub Sponsors page] for more information. Depending on your sign-up date and how long you keep a certain level, you can get qutebrowser t-shirts, stickers and more!

GitHub Sponsors allows for one-time donations (using the buttons next to "Select a tier") as well as custom amounts. For currencies other than Euro or Swiss Francs, this is the preferred donation method. GitHub uses[Stripe] to accept payment via credit carts without any fees. Billing via PayPal is available as well, with less fees than a direct PayPal transaction.

Alternatively, the following donation methods are available -- note that eligibility for swag (shirts/stickers/etc.) is handled on a case-by-case basis for those, please mailto:[email protected][get in touch] for details.

  • SEPA bank transfer inside Europe (no fees):
    • Account holder: Florian Bruhin
    • Country: Switzerland
    • IBAN (EUR): CH13 0900 0000 9160 4094 6
    • IBAN (other): CH80 0900 0000 8711 8587 3
    • Bank: PostFinance AG, Mingerstrasse 20, 3030 Bern, Switzerland (BIC: POFICHBEXXX)
    • If you need any other information: Contact me at [email protected]
  • PayPal:[CHF],[EUR],[USD]. Note: Fees can be very high (around 5-40%, depending on the donated amounts) - consider using GitHub Sponsors (accepts credit cards or PayPal!) or SEPA bank transfers instead.
  • Cryptocurrencies:
    • Bitcoin: link:bitcoin:bc1q3ptyw8hxrcfz6ucfgmglphfvhqpy8xr6k25p00[bc1q3ptyw8hxrcfz6ucfgmglphfvhqpy8xr6k25p00]
    • Bitcoin Cash: link:bitcoincash:1BnxUbnJ5MrEPeh5nuUMx83tbiRAvqJV3N[1BnxUbnJ5MrEPeh5nuUMx83tbiRAvqJV3N]
    • Ethereum: link:ethereum:0x10c2425856F7a8799EBCaac4943026803b1089c6[0x10c2425856F7a8799EBCaac4943026803b1089c6]
    • Litecoin: link:litecoin:MDt3YQciuCh6QyFmr8TiWNxB94PVzbnPm2[MDt3YQciuCh6QyFmr8TiWNxB94PVzbnPm2]
    • Others: Please mailto:[email protected][get in touch], I'd happily set up anything link:[supported by Ledger Live]


Thanks a lot to[MacStadium] for supporting qutebrowser with a free hosted Mac Mini via their[Open Source Project].

(They don't require including this here - I've just been very happy with their offer, and without them, no macOS releases or tests would exist)

Thanks to the[HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil], which made it possible to work on qutebrowser extensions as a student research project.

image:doc/img/sponsors/macstadium.png["powered by MacStadium",width=200,link=""] image:doc/img/sponsors/hsr.png["HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil",link=""]


qutebrowser's primary author is Florian Bruhin (The Compiler), but qutebrowser wouldn't be what it is without the help of[hundreds of contributors]!

Additionally, the following people have contributed graphics:

  • Jad/link:https://yelostudio.comyelo
  • WOFall (original icon)
  • regines (key binding cheatsheet)

Also, thanks to everyone who contributed to one of qutebrowser's link:doc/backers.asciidoc[crowdfunding campaigns]!

Similar projects

Various projects with a similar goal like qutebrowser exist. Many of them were inspirations for qutebrowser in some way, thanks for that!

Active ~~~~~~

  • browser
  • Chrome/Chromium addons:[Vimium],
  • Firefox addons (based on WebExtensions):[Tridactyl],,[Vim Vixen],[VVimpulation]
  • Addons for Firefox and Chrome:[Surfingkeys],[Krabby], Hints
  • Addons for Safari:[Vimari]

Inactive ~~~~~~~~

  • Browser
  • Firefox addons (not based on WebExtensions or no recent activity):[Vimperator],[Pentadactyl],,[QuantumVim]
  • Chrome/Chromium addons:[ViChrome],[Vrome], Key,[cVim],[GleeBox]


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


qutebrowser optionally uses[pdf.js] to display PDF files in the browser. Windows releases come with a bundled pdf.js.

pdf.js is distributed under the terms of the Apache License. You can find a copy of the license in

(in the Windows release or after running
), or online[here].

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